Here you can track monkeys, buffalo and rare hippos; pick your own oysters fresh from the sea; dine on an unspoilt, empty beach with only the moon for company; step onto a former slave island drenched in history; and camp in a last, treasured patch of rainforest.

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Sierra Leone has seen a heartening recovery since emerging from a civil war a decade ago, and is making a determined push towards eco-tourism. It inspires many feelings in those who visit: wonder at its natural beauty and extraordinary wildlife, heartache for its past suffering, and joy in its enduring spirit and sense of fun. Take a trip to Sierra Leone’s infamous diamond mines and rainforest-covered mountains; go in search of the elusive pygmy hippo; or simply relax on the country’s beaches and islands.

Katrina Manson & James Knight