Close to city centre in relatively quiet location, safe parking, rooms including fan and bathroom
We camped 2 nights and were allowed to pay what we felt was right, otherwise a simple double room is 60.000Le/night (10,26€)
The embassy is easiest reached by taking a poda poda up to Wilberforce Roundabout. The usually only issue visas to residents so it took us a couple of hours of explaining and waiting until our application was accepted. Having the Nigeria visa already in our passports helped as it proved our intentions to travel to South Africa. It took 6 days to process our applications as everything had to go through Accra and had to be done perfectly. Even the smallest mistakes on the application form needed to be fixed with correction fluid and rewritten.
You get one form from the embassy and need to copy it three times. The four identically filled out forms together with another form provided by the embassy and 4 passport photos should do the trick.
We paid 100US$ (no notes smaller than 50US$ accepted) for a 1 month single entry visa with entry within 1 month.
You supposedly need an invitation letter and reference to apply for a visa but they did not care. We needed to fill out one form and bring one passport photo. The process usually takes 2 days but we said that we were in a hurry and could pick it up the next day. For 50US$ extra you can get an emergency visa the same day.
We paid 100US$ (Leone also accepted) for a 1 month single entry visa with 3 months time to enter the country. A 3 month multiple entry visa costs 150US$.
Pastoral centre of the Kenema Catholic Mission on the roundabout at the Bo-Kenema highway. Straight ahead once you enter the huge compound. Rooms were full when we arrived. We asked if we could put up our tent, but as it was rainy season they went out of their way to accomodate us and offered us a place in the Seminary priest quarters. Rooms are simple yet clean. Electricity and running water available but not guaranteed as this is Kenema. Parking space at staff parking, with security guard. Camping might be allowed if you ask nicely. Caretaker Fodé can put you in touch with local mechanics - ask for Cissé if you drive a motorcycle.
Campsite on Tiwaï island. Access/river crossing/one night Le100,000pp, half that for natives. Sheltered tents with mattresses included. Excellent clean toilets and (cold) showers. Simple meals available, Le20,000 for lunch/dinner, Le15,000 for breakfast. Guided forest walks Le20,000pp, canoe trip on Moa river Le40,000pp. Very friendly. Best time for wildlife viewing March/April. Monkeys all around. Only nearby research centre has phone reception.
Government operated ferry and private boats. Government ferry can take vehicles but only runs in dry season due to strong currents!
Price unknown as we passed during wet season. Private boats all year round, suitable for motorbikes. Le50,000 per boatload. We piled in 3 bikes, luggage and 10 people or so without problem. Captain Joseph is an amiable fellow.
Bo-Potoru-Zimmi road is supposed to be tarred in the following years, should include bridge te replace ferry services.
Roads from Potoru to Zimmi via Moa Ferry will be tarmaced. But looking at it. Slow progress so at least 1 year likely more my guess
From Zimmi to the Liberian border at Bo Waterside. These are terrible. Even the locals said terrible. In the dry season there was also some water crossings. One was deeper than it looks. Submerged to the bikes handlebars. Check each crossing carefully. Or as i did. Follow a helpful local!
Also. The only fuel from Bo the border will come from bottles. Questionable look and plastic bottles. Fill everything in Bo if heading for Liberia
Hotel with individual separated rooms, constructed like small houses. Clean, a bit outdated, but not bad. Airco, shower, everything works. The restaurant I evaluate as 7/10, nice guys who work there even as the owner and the manager. They like to serve you. I paid 60$ per night for a double room used simple. Breakfast included. Good situation on the lumeley beach road. Nearby a very good Italian owned gelateria and coffee bar opened when I stayed in Freetown. Worth the mony when you like the best icecream and coffee!