Sierra Leone is a fascinating country, pulling itself out of the aftermath of war and food shortages to make a place in the modern world, but tourism is still not a major part of the country’s economy. Visitors to Freetown are normally part of a group arranged by a visiting cruise ship or an agent from one of the few hotels. There are a number of things you must watch out for in Freetown and the traffic is only the first! The driving is a little careless to say the least and there are no rules regarding vehicle safety in Sierra Leone so you will probably notice that the coach or car you are travelling in will have at least one bald tyre. Junctions are run on a first come first served basis, so the scream of brakes is a familiar sound in Freetown.
Health issues need careful consideration
Health issues are also something that you must take seriously. Yellow fever is endemic in Sierra Leone as it is in all African countries south of the Equator. Malarial mosquitoes are also a threat. A yellow fever jab is a must (make sure you have it at least ten days in advance – protection is then for ten years or longer) and take anti-malarial drugs. If you are unwilling to do that, your guide will explain the consequences, but with a strong DEET based insect repellent and long sleeves and trousers there should be only a little risk.
I became ill after a holiday – what should I do?
Some holiday organisers are excellent at giving health advice but others fall a bit short. If you feel you have been given inadequate advice and have become ill as a result, you may be able to claim compensation. Just one call to Accident Advice Helpline will connect you to one of our experienced, professional and friendly advisors who will be able to discuss with you what your situation is and help you to pursue a claim, if appropriate. Just make sure you have all of your information to hand when you ring, so that we can make an accurate decision which will help you move forward.
No win no fee*
Because of our no win no fee* policy, you don’t have to worry about paying anything up front. As long as the accident or medical condition is not your fault, you can probably claim, so why delay – call Accident Advice Helpline and start your claim for compensation today.
Date Published: March 11, 2014
Author: David Brown