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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
D. Karr Freetown, Western Province Anytime English, French, Spanish
Recently arrived in Sierra Leone with the United Nations and looking for pals for local birding excursions. Previous birding experience in Venezuela and Papua New Guinea.

Interests:Nature: birdwatching, hiking, fishing, boating Travel: train, bus, car, long walk, packpack, canoe, portage Visit: restaurant, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, antique Attend: concert, theatre Participate: night life, party


Professional Guides

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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
M Sesay Freetown Anytime French, English
Member of the National Association of certified tour guide. Working Experience: Facts Finding Tour Ltd. Expert knowledge in Birdwatching, Eco-Tourism, Excursion round trip tours, Village bush safari and cultural tourism. 2004 to 2011. Member of th Conservation of Sierra Leone. Member of the African Bird Club 2009 to 2011. Conducted tours with the following: Birdquest, Rockjumper, Sicklebill Saferi, Sunbird and many more. Birded with Peter Ryan, Sinclair, Nik Borrow and others.

  Kenneth Gbengba Freetown, Western Area Anytime English, French
  I run a Bird Watching Company called FACT FINDING TOURS that is registered and licensed by the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone.

I arrange, organise and conduct birding Tours for reputable birding tour companies such as Rockjumper of South Africa and Birdquest of UK.

I have extended my tours to Liberia and Guinea-Conakry.

Over the years, I have recruited and trained many young guys that are now formidable bird guides.

I do bird walks on weekends with local experts in and around Freetown.

My birding career started in the Gambia in 1991. Since that time, I am with the birds.
1 Western Area Peninsula Forest Reserve
This is a Montane forest with nature trails. some of which reach the top of the highest peaks and offer spectacular view over the sea and the surrounding areas

2 Sierra Leone River Estuary
This where most of the winter visitors are found

3 Yawri Bay
This area is visited by pirogue through Mangrove vegetation

4 Gola Rain Forest National Park
This is the largest remnant of Lowland forest in the Upper Guinea forest zone.

5 Outamba-Kilimi National Park
These are two separate wildlife Reserves merged to serve as the country's first National park

6 Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary
This is Sierra Leone"s principal Nature Reseve in the middle of the majestic river Moa

7 Sula Mountains Forest Reserve
This is a Guinea Savanna where Chip tracking and Bird watching are combined.

8 Tingi Mountains Non-Hunting Forest Reserve
This where most of the Upper Guinea Forest Endemics are found outside the Gola forest.

9 Kambui ( North/South ) Forest Reserves
these are tow forest reserves separated by a Township and hold the largest Picathartes breeding colony

10 Nimini Hills Forest reserve
This is a evergreen Tropical forest with a spectacular waterfall.
I am a Sierra Leonean, aged 54 years, married with two children. I had both my primary and secondary education in sierra Leone and my University education in Senegal at the Dakar university where I graduated with French and English.

After my university education, I entered the Travel and tourism Industry in The Gambia and served as a Bilingual Tour Guide for 6 years. I also served as a Bilingual Tour Representative for UK based Tour Operators.

I have traveled widely in the west African sub-region serving as a Bird Guide and have worked with most of the scientists and researchers on Sierra Leonean birds

I now run Birding Tours Company and serve as a local agent for European, African and American Tour operators. I operate in the name and style of FACT FINDING TOURS, the first indigenous birding tour company in Sierra Leone.

Nature: birdwatching, photography, hiking, butterflies, fishing, sport fishing, boating,
Travel: train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, backpack, canoe,
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique,
Attend: concert, , theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention,
Participate: social games, computer games

Area birds:
White[Crested Tiger Heron, Hartlaub's Duck, Long-Tailed Hawk, Crowned eagle, Ayre's hawk Eagle, cassin's Hawk eagle, White-Breasted Guinea Fowl, Ahanta Francolin, Latham's Forest Francolin, Stone partridge, African Finfoot, Egyptian Plover, Violet Turaco, Rufous Fishing owl, Shelley's eagle Owl, Narina's Trogon, Chocolate-Backed Kingfisher, Black Bee-Eater, Blue-Headed Bee-Eater, Brown-Cheeked Hornbill, Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Hairy-Breasted Barbet, Fire_bellied Woodpecker, Pied-Winged swallow, western-wattled Cuckoo-Shrike, Yellow-Bearded Greenbul, Western-Bearded Greenbul, Green-Tailed Bristlebill, Baumann's Greenbul, White-Tailed Alethe, Finsch's Flycatcher Thrush, Forest Scrub Robin, Black-Headed Rufous warbler, oriole warbler, Sierra Leone Prinia, Sharpe's apalis, Nimba Flycatcher, Ussher's Flycatcher, Red-cheeked Wattle-Eye, Yellow-bellied Wattle-Eye, Rufous-Winged Illadopsis, Capuchin Babbler, Yellow-Headed Picathartes, Buff-Throated Sunbird, Red-Billed helmet-Shrike, Lagden's Bush-Shrike, Turati's Boubou, yellow-Crowned gonolek, Emerald starling, Gola Malimbe, Dybowski's Twinspot, Western Bluebill, Crimson Seedcracker, Togo Paradise Whydah, Jambandu IndigoBird

Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sierra Leone
Local weather Yahoo
African Bird Club Sierra Leone

Last update 06/03/2014