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The Homecoming – Passport Accession

Visit Sierra Leone (VSL Travel), Freetown, Sierra Leone
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13 Days

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Please note that the program below is not fixed – some of the day’s events can be changed based on the government requirements/plans. If your root is traced to an ethnic group that is neither Mende nor Temne, then you could join either group for the ‘Naming & Robing Ceremony’ or we could organise a separate trip(at an additional cost).

The cost includes visa, a round trip airport transfers, accommodation, a guided tour, transportation (except for the ‘Free days’), activities, Passport fee, Heritage or Civic Education workshop, and meals as indicated in the itinerary.


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April 19 - Tuesday - Arrival in Freetown, transfer to hotel

Arrive to Freetown’s Lungi International Airport, which is one of the world’s most uniquely-situated airports, located on the northern coast of the Freetown Estuary. On arrival, disembark and enter the arrivals hall for baggage reclaim. You will be met by a representative from VSL TRAVEL who will have a signboard with your name on it after customs. He will be available to deal with any immediate questions then get you on your private vehicle for transfer to the dock from where you take the 30 minute boat ride and make a charismatic entry to the city catching a glimpse of the towering hills over Freetown. Once in Aberdeen, you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel

April 20 - Wednesday - Heritage/ Civic Education and Business/ Investment Workshop

After breakfast, your driver will take you to the venue for Day 1 of the Heritage/Civic Education and Business/Investment Workshop

In the late afternoon/evening, you are transferred to your hotel.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

April 21 - Thursday - Bunce Island, Tasso Island
April 21 - Thursday - Bunce Island, Tasso Island

This morning we go to Bunce Island with a private speedboat, viewing the city from the coast as you go by. Bunce Island was the largest British slave castle on the Rice Coast of West Africa. Founded around 1670, it exported tens of thousands of African captives to North America and the West Indies until the British Parliament finally closed it down in 1808. Bunce Island is left to decay, and although this raises questions of preservation, it does have a certain charm. It is authentic, raw - a painful history that is burying itself under layers of greenery.

After spending a couple of hours exploring the substantial ruins on the island, including the factory house, fortification, slave prison, watchtowers, dormitories, storerooms, and power magazine, you will pour a libation in honor of our forefathers before being transferred to Tasso Island where you could have lunch. After lunch and a bit of rest, you are transferred to Freetown.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

April 22 - Friday - Immigration Day

This day, you will spend most of your time at the Immigration Department to ensure all immigration requirements are met.

After going through immigration, you will have the rest of the day to explore on your own.

Meal(s): Breakfast

April 23 - Saturday - Freetown Historical Tour & Tacugama Sanctuary

Today we start the day by having our first look around the vibrant city and make a sweep through its historical core. With the car and guide at your disposal you will visit sites such as the Railway Museum, St. Georges Cathedral, National Museum, Peace Monument, the Maroon Church, the Cotton Tree, The Gateway to the Old King's Yard and Fort Thornton (where the Presidential State House now stands).

Meal(s): Breakfast

**Arrive at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary**
After lunch (not included unless otherwise stated), you will head for Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

You will see the amazing work being done by Bala and his team. Chimpanzees are often cruelly or ignorantly kept as pets, or sometimes hunted for their meat. Today however, more than 100 primates find haven at Tacugama, swinging from branches, hooting with happiness, throwing things at passers-by with the petulance of children, nuzzling each other with tenderness of mothers attending to newborns, and picking bugs out of each other furs with the attention of Madonna’s manicurist, even the least animal-friendly of visitors gets sucked into the magic within the moments.

Apart from the Sanctuary there are other attraction sites available in this area to occupy your time among which is the viewing of over 100 bird species that have been identified in and around the Tacugama Forest Reserve.

After the Chimps tour, you will make a short stop at Leicester Peak before being transferred to your hotel.

April 24 - Sunday - Tribesmen Connection

On this day, we will divide the group into two based on your tribe lineage - the Mendes will be going to Moyamba district,
and the Temnes will be going to either Kambia or Port Loko.

The Naming Ceremony will be organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
Meal(s): Breakfast

April 25 - Monday - Banana Islands

This morning, we head to Kent Village on the peninsula to catch a boat to Banana Island, for a chance to explore this
scenic paradise. Three islands make up the Banana Islands: Dublin and Ricketts are linked by a stone causeway. The third
Mes-Meheux is uninhabited. We will be going to Dublin, with its backyard gardens, big breadfruit trees and rare and
delightful butterflies. You will be welcome by the sleepy but friendly community and go on a tour of this quiet paradise.
These pristine islands are a wonderful place to experience laid-back Sierra Leone and there will be various optional
activities available for everyone, including hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and or a scenic boat trip around the
island. This is an opportunity to have an insightful land tour of the island and set aside some time to explore on our own
around this virtually unknown area of West Africa. Lunch will consist of locally-caught fresh fish, prawns and lobsters (all
subject to availability)

Overnight at Bafa Resort or similar. See below the link for more details about this Island:

Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

April 26 - Tuesday - Banana Islands to Freetown Peninsula

After breakfast, depart Banana Island for a tour of the Peninsula beaches - arguably the best in the sub region. You will
stop at Bureh Beach to talk to the guys at Bureh Beach surf club, York, Tokeh beach and River Number 2 beach. You can
have lunch at any beach of your choice.
In the evening, you are transferred to town.

Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast

April 27 - Wednesday - Free Day - INDEPENDENCE DAY

On this day, you will be readily available for any National Program (if any) that would be in relation to the citizenship.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel

April 28 - Thursday - Free Day

Today, you are on your own to explore and do whatever interests you.
Meal(s): Breakfast

April 29 - Friday - (Tentative) Citizenship Conferment Day

On this day, you will join the Citizenship Conferment ceremony hosted by His Excellency the President of the Republic of
Sierra Leone at the State House.

Meal(s): Breakfast

****Celebration Evening****
You will join the celebration evening hosted by the Government of Sierra Leone, through the Monument and Relics.

April 30 - Saturday - Free Day

Today, you are on your own to explore and do whatever interests you.
Meal(s): Breakfast

May 1 - Sunday - Farewell

This morning you can do some last-minute shopping at one of Freetown’s craft markets for gifts and souvenirs before being
transferred to the airport for your trip home!

Meal(s): Breakfast


  • Visa
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Guided tour
  • Transportation (except for the 'Free days')
  • Activities
  • Passport fee
  • Heritage or Civic Education workshop
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Transportation on "Free Days"


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Visit Sierra Leone (VSL Travel), Freetown, Sierra Leone
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