The colorful and sprawling town of Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, was our first stop. This was also our favorite of the three countries visited on this tour at the "Ebola Coast". Sierra Leone was declared ebola free late in 2015, a year prior to us arriving. We had planned to visit the country already back in 2015, but thought it was better to wait until things calmed down after the terrible epidemic which took so many lives. Freetown turned out to be quite a lively place with a fantastic fish market down at the harbor. We spent a couple of nights also at the Tacugama Chimpanzee reserve. What an amazing job this group of people do here with their rehabilitation programs. I adopted an orphanaged chimpanzee by paying for its food for a foreseeable future. We traveled on by road to the border and continued into Guinea overland. I was sorry to hear about the recent mudslides after heavy rains in the summer of 2017 which claimed over 400 lives and some 600 people still unaccounted for.