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Bo is the second city of Sierra Leone and the main city of the Southern region. Bo is one of the only cities in Sierra Leone to be untouched by the war, owing to a citizen militia which kept the rebel soldiers out for the entire 10 years.

Get in[edit]

The road journey from Freetown takes 4 hours by an excellent paved road. The road from Kenema is also in good condition and takes about 1 hour.

The government bus from Freetown passes New London (just outside of Bo itself - take an okada into Bo town for Le 2,000), and usually terminates at Fenton Road, a busy market street in the town centre.

There are multiple early morning government buses to Freetown (20,000 SLL) which leave when full. They begin in the town centre and pick up more passengers at New London, leaving when full. The first bus is usually full by 6:15am. There are unconfirmed reports (August 2015) that their town centre starting point is a crime hotspot before sunrise. Buy tickets from the driver. Private buses also leave at a similar time and place.

Get around[edit]

Okadas are the best way to get around town - they are cheap and plentiful. Trips in and around town (even to Kandeh Town, Moriba Town and Kulanda Town) should only cost Le 1,000 one way.


Though Bo is the second city of Sierra Leone, there is not a lot to see here. Most people will use it as a stopping point on the way to other places. Small scale diamond mining is present in the area and could be worth a visit.




Being a long way from the sea, the menu is rather limited in most places. Beef, chicken or river fish can be found.


There are numerous bars throughout the town, usually serving Star beer at reasonable prices.


Hotels in Bo are very basic compared with those in Freetown. Electricity is often only available during the night, if at all. Town center hotels can be noisy.

  • Madame Woki Hotel in the center of town. Very basic, but some rooms have simple air-conditioners which work when the electricity or generator are working. This is usually not all night.
  • Hotel Sir Milton in the center of town. Very similar to Madame Woki.
  • Countryside Hotel on the Bo-Kenema road on the south of the town. Has electricity during the night and airconditioned rooms, swimming pool and tennis court. It has deteriorated somewhat since it opened. There is also a risk of loud music late into the night. Rooms start at Le120,000.
  • Imperial hotel on the Bo-Kenema road on the south of the town.
  • Sahara Hotel, 18 New Gerihund Road, 033-908929. Basic rooms with shared bathroom and fan start at Le 100,000 and an air-conditioned, with satellite tv and your own bathroom will set you back Le 150,000. The manager Sulaiman is friendly and helpful. Be aware that there are two Sahara Hotels - both are run by the same people, to similar standards. Check the room has a lightbulb fitted, and have a number for the main desk in case the door lock fails to open (not uncommon, according to one security guard). Le 100,000 to 200,000.  edit


The unrelenting heat and humidity can make life very unpleasant. For anyone not used to this, an air-conditioned room to sleep in will be almost essential. BBC World Service can be heard on 94.5MHz (FM) and Western style commercial station Capital Radio on 102.3MHz.

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