About Gola Rainforest National Park
The Gola Rainforest is one of the largest remnants of the Upper Guinean Tropical Rainforest. It is the largest remnant in Sierra Leone where over 330 bird species have been recorded, 14 of which face global risk of extinction, including the endangered Rufous Fishing-owl (Scotopella ussheri) and Gola malimbe (Malimbus ballmanni).
In order to prevent negative impacts on the park and to ensure availability of accommodation and services for all guests, visitors are required make an advanced booking prior to their trip to arrange for permits, food, accommodation, camping equipment and guides. All visitors entering the park and on all camping trips must be accompanied by a national park staff and community guide. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. There are currently three main areas at Gola open to visitors: Belebu, Lalehun, and Sileti.
For those tourists that want a little extra we can arrange specialized tours. For example, mammal and bird watchers may want to try and catch a glimpse of elusive species. Our specially trained staff will prepare the ground for you, go on scoping trips to assess the best locations and then accompany you into the forest. If you are interested in specific mammals, birds, plants please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.