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.
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.
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.
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.