John Obey Beach
John Obey Beach, Sierra Leone
Stay, Eat & Play on John Obey BeachTwenty miles south of Freetown along the gorgeous Freetown Peninsula, John Obey beach is the spectacular site of Tribewanted, an eco-voluntourism venture that combines sustainable development with community empowerment and cross-cultural exchange. Guests are invited to have a genuine cultural exchange with the people of the adjacent John Obey fishing village (many of whom are employed by Tribewanted), and have the option of pitching in on community projects—helping to build a hut, repair fishing lines, teach local schoolkids, work in the kitchen—or not: It's perfectly OK to swim in the warm ocean and park yourself in a hammock all day long (you'll likely have the expansive beach to yourself). Or you might book a local excursion, like a guided hike or canoe paddle.
Accommodation includes tents, comfortable wooden bungalows, and adobe-like mud huts made of local earth, built collectively by trained John Obey villagers and past TW guests (other sustainability initiatives include solar power, compost toilets, bucket showers, and an organic garden).
As for the food? You'll eat very well here: The Sierra Leonean food on offer, from spicy pumpkin stew to local lobster and poyo, or palm wine, is some of the best you’ll find in the country.