The rivers of the Western Peninsula are at their strongest during the rainy season, with many having waterfalls along their routes. Charlotte Falls are perhaps the most spectacular to watch as the water flows freely over the rocks down into the plunge pool at the foot of the falls.

Drive just 20 minutes out of busy Freetown into the Western Peninsula and, as the road twists its way downwards, you will soon arrive in the Charlotte Falls area. But before reaching the falls take some time to walk around the Krio village of Charlotte, nestling in the forest. Then, with your guide assisting, continue on through the forest, cross a shallow river and soon you will reach the falls themselves.

The falls have become a popular day-trip and picnic spot and you can also have a refreshing swim in the plunge pool before the trek back to the village and your return to Freetown.