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A WORLD OF TRAVEL NEWS AND DISCOVERIES

SIERRA LEONE: WHY GO?

If you were asked to name the world’s fastest growing tourist destination, where would you pick? Chances are it wouldn’t be Sierra Leone. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, the country takes the official title, with an astonishing year-onyear visitor surge of over 300 per cent.

PHOTOGRAPH: RICHARD SZKILER/@THEVIEWSOUTH

With staggeringly beautiful beaches, rainforests sheltering endangered species and a dynamic capital, Sierra Leone should not be Africa’s secret destination any longer. The scars of its civil war are fading, as is the trauma of the 2014–15 Ebola outbreak, so now is the time for tourists to play a huge role in bringing some prosperity back to this warm-hearted nation.

MATT PHILIPS is Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor for sub-Saharan Africa. He has travelled extensively across Africa, having visited (and written about) more than two dozen of its nations.

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