Getting to Gola


The GRNP headquarters is located in Kenema Town in the eastern region of Sierra Leone, 311 km (approx. 4-5 hours) from Freetown. Bo to Kenema is 68 km (approx. 1 hour), with a taxi (poda-poda) service running throughout the day. The HQ is located at 164 Dama Road (the road heading southeast out of Kenema) about 1.5 km south of the National Pastoral Centre entrance.

All roads leading to the park are unpaved and require a 4WD vehicle. GRNP can help to arrange vehicles or motorcycle taxis if needed. In some occasions GRNP is willing to rent out one of its project vehicles for getting to the field sites. Contact the headquarters for details and updates on road conditions. Detailed directions to the main entry points will be provided upon booking.

Hiring a Vehicle

Gola can assist you to hire a 4WD vehicle or a motorcycle taxi for transportation to/from the park. Please note that the vehicles for hire do not belong to Gola Rainforest National Park and, therefore, prices may fluctuate. You may also consider contacting one of the major tour companies in Sierra Leone to help you arrange transportation, such as Visit Sierra Leone, FlashVehicles


All visitors must obtain a visa before arriving in Sierra Leone. Please check with the nearest Sierra Leone embassy or consult or contact Visit Sierra Leone for assistance.