Hostels in Sierra Leone Hostels in Sierra Leone

You are looking for hostels in Sierra Leone? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Sierra Leone hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Sierra Leone.

All Cities in Sierra Leone

We list every single hostel in Sierra Leone and the world. In total, we have 2 cities in Sierra Leone for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Sierra Leone hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Sierra Leone. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Sierra Leone

In West Africa, the Republic of Sierra Leone is situated along the Atlantic Ocean and bordered by Guinea to the north and Liberia to the southeast. This tropical country covers 27,699 square miles (71,740 square kilometers) of rainforest and savannah. Its largest city and economic center is also its capital, Freetown. Other big cities include Kenema, Makeni, and Koidu Town.

Sierra Leone became independent in 1961. Due to government corruption, a civil war broke out and lasted from 1991 until 2002. Consequently, the country’s economy and infrastructure have suffered much damage. The Ebola outbreak in 2014 dealt another blow to the struggling nation.

The people of this country are a melting pot of sixteen different ethnicities. While many different languages are spoken by the citizens, English is their official language. However, most inhabitants converse with each other in Krio, a version of Creole specific to Sierra Leone. Visitors to the country can easily communicate in English with just about everyone.

While 70 percent of the population lives in poverty, the country contains diamond mines which are being exploited. Libya is also a producer of gold, titanium, and bauxite, yet the country’s poor continue to struggle. The wealth is enjoyed by just a small percentage of the population.

Travelers to this region can fly into one of the many airports, including the Freetown International Airport in Lungi. Within the country, highways connect the different areas for easy intercity transit. Upon arrival in Sierra Leone, the best place to find accommodations is in the capital, Freetown. You can find a handful of hostels as well as hotels there.

The hostels in Sierra Leone are much more affordable than in wealthier regions. Guests tend to rate the lodgings as average and acceptable. You can expect beds and facilities to be clean. For the price of a hostel bed, you usually will enjoy complimentary breakfasts, T.V. and fans, included (but unreliable) internet service, nice views and central location. You might even have a gym at your disposal. The drawbacks might be untrained staff members and loud venues in the vicinity.

Sierra Leone is not a major tourist attraction due to the political upheaval of the recent past. However, you will see many business and government persons visiting Freetown. On days off, visitors might take a trip to the beach to enjoy the tropical weather by the water. River Number Two Beach is a favorite destination for beach lovers. Here you can indulge in a delicious meal underneath a beach umbrella, go for a safe swim, enjoy the loud music and watch the throngs of cheerful beachgoers. If you prefer a quiet day of lounging by the white sands, then go on weekdays to avoid the crowds.

Another quiet option is to travel off the beaten path to Bureh Beach. The white sand beach with the backdrop of imposing mountains creates the idyllic ambiance of a relaxing vacation in the tropics. Savor a meal of fresh seafood right by the water as you listen to the splashing waves. Once you are all rested and refueled, you can pursue a bit of surfing or volleyball. When the sun begins to set, maintain the tranquil mood by checking into one of the beachside accommodations. Spend a night in a hut or tent along the beach and feel in union with nature.

If nature is the main reason for your stay, then you also might appreciate a stop at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. There you get to witness chimps in five stages of rehabilitation, with the ultimate phase allowing them to reintegrate into the wild. You can feel good that your entrance fee goes to a wonderful cause. The sanctuary also teaches children about the environment and how to care for it. If you prefer to spend a lot of time in the sanctuary and its museum, you also can book a stay in the onsite lodge.

expert for Sierra Leone hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Sierra Leone hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Sierra Leone - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Sierra Leone. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Sierra Leone. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Sierra Leone

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Sierra Leone?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Sierra Leone here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Sierra Leone safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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