Sierra Leone – 148th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Sierra Leone is my 148th country.
Sierra Leone is another West African country on the Atlantic Ocean. Over 8 million people live here with over 80% of the country practicing Islam. While this area was inhabited, the Brits established a colony in 1808 for returning Africans who were freed slaves. The country gained its independence in 1961. Sierra Leone was subject to a brutal civil war in the 1990s and early 2000s and then one of the centers of the Ebola outbreak in the 2010s.
I crossed into Sierra Leone on my 6 country West African road trip and ended up in the capital Freetown which sits in the hills set on the beach. I was provided a introduction to the city via a tuktuk. I also visited both Banana Island and Bunce Island, to learn about the tragic slave history. And on the eastern side I visited Tiwai Island, a wildlife sanctuary.
Sierra Leone is my 148th country.