Reclaiming My Ancestry Tour – Sierra Leone 2021
APRIL 25 – MAY 5, 2021
REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
This trip will leave from Dulles Airport in Washington DC – please note that it is an overnight trip. Although we leave the USA on April 25th, we will get to Freetown on the 26th. Similarly, we will leave Freetown on May 5th to land in the USA on May 6th.
The cost of this trip is $3700 for Double and $4100 for Single
What is included:
Roundtrip airfare from Washington DC to Sierra Leone
Transportation in Sierra Leone
2 meals per day
Naming Ceremony Certificate (if participating)
What is not included:
Gratuity of $100 per person
Visa fee from the Embassy of Sierra Leone (www.embassyofsierraleone.net)
Transportation to Washington DC
Travel Insurance (www.squaremouth.com)
Vaccinations (Yellow Fever Vaccine is required to enter Sierra Leone)
Camera fee for some attractions
A deposit of $500 is due at the time of registration. A payment of $1550 is due by July 1, 2020. The balance of $1550 is due by November 1, 2020. If using credit cards for payments (via Paypal or Square) there is a fee of 4% to use this service.
REFUNDS ARE GIVEN WITHIN 30 DAYS OF INITIAL DEPOSIT ONLY. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUES AFTER 30 DAYS!!!
Payments can also be made with check or money order to Roots to Glory Tours P.O. Box 92, Stevenson, Maryland 21153.
Prices are not guaranteed after the final payment due date of November 1, 2020.
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*Our tours require a moderate amount of walking. Our tours are not recommended for people with serious medical or mobility challenges.
Day 1. Arrive, overnight in Freetown
Arrive to Freetown’s Lungi International Airport, which is one of the world’s most uniquely-situated airports, located on the northern coast of the Freetown Estuary. Transfer by boat to hotel.
Day 2. Freetown
After Breakfast travel to Bunce Island which is considered the largest Fort owned by the British during the slave trade
Freetown City Tour
Day 3. Sierra Leone Independece Day Celebrations!!
After breakfast join the local community in celebrating Sierra Leone’s Independence
DAY 4: Freetown/Makeni
After breakfast we will make the journey to Makeni which is the capital city of the Temne.
Check into Hotel
DAY 5: Makeni/Karina
After breakfast we will travel to Karina which is the headquarters of the Mandigo in Sierra Leone. There we will have a tour of the village and participate in a naming ceremony for the DNA of the people with Mandigo and Temne Ancestry.
DAY 5: Rogbonko Village
(For more info on Rogbonko as well as the cultural experience please visit www.rogbonkovillage.com) The most outstanding aspect of this experiences there will be the basket weaving and learning more about Temne cutlure. The basket woven at Rogbonko is closely similar to the sweetgrass basket woven by the Gullah/Geechee and this skill is widely believed to have been retained by enslaved Africans from West Africa but especially Sierra Leone.)
Day 6. Bo
Bo is the second city in Sierra Leone, and home to the Mende, the largest Ethnic Group in Sierra Leone. It is quieter, more tranquil and hotter than Freetown. Bo has some hidden gems and activities that make it a place worth exploring whilst visiting Sierra Leone.
(At Bo visitors can visit country cloth weavers, Sande Mask carvers as well as a rice farm. Visitors can also witness some Mende cultural performances.)
Day 7. Bo
After breakfast we will travel to a local village to participate in a Naming Ceremony for those whose DNA are Mende.
DAY 8. Bo/Tokeh Beach
(Tokeh is a small coastal village settled on the Western Area Peninsula and has one of the most beautiful beaches Sierra Leone has to offer. The long, white-sand beach stretches all the way to River Number 2 and the seawater is calm, making it a popular and safe spot to swim. Tokeh beach has a backdrop of lush, green mountains and the old wooden pier that runs into the sea makes this place a visual spectacle.
Much of the village is still actively involved in fishing. Others make a living with woodcutting, coal burning, harvesting sea cucumber, driving taxis and selling vegetables and other foodstuffs.)
Day 9. Tokeh Beach
Relax on the beach
Day 10. Transfer to Freetown/Airport
END OF TOUR
We recommend that before you register for one of our tours you make sure that you are able to get the yellow fever vaccine. This is mandatory to enter in any African nation.