Lodging at Gola
IMPORTANT INFORMATION. In order to prevent negative impacts on the park and to ensure availability for all guests, visitors are required make an advanced booking prior to their trip to arrange for permits, food, lodge accommodation, camping equipment and guides. All visitors entering the park and on all camping trips must be accompanied by a national park staff and community guide. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.quired make an advanced booking prior to their trip to arrange for permits, food, lodge accommodation, camping equipment and guides. All visitors must hold a valid entrance permit before entering the park and on all camping trips must be accompanied by a national park staff and community guide. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Lodges in Gola
There are three lodges, each at an entry point to GRNP. From each lodge a variety of itineraries can be arranged, these include accommodation, food, staff and guides and permits.
Belebu Community Lodge
Belebu Community Lodge is owned and managed by the Belebu Community. The lodge has 8 single rooms with a shared bathroom with running water, a common room and dining room. The lodge is situated within the community, next to the school. There is a bari (outdoor communal hut) and a fire pit on the lodge grounds for relaxing and where the community puts on cultural dance shows.
Belebu Community is located 40 km from Kenema (1.5-2 hrs) just south of Lalehun. The landscape is notable for its mountain climbs and panoramic views. Belebu village guides have extensive indigenous knowledge about medicinal plants and will help you spot wildlife, including various monkey species but also a Picathartes nesting site. The Belebu community guesthouse is owned and managed by the villagers and all fees go to the community.
Diana Monkey Lodge
The Diana Monkey Lodge is located inside the park in Gola South. The lodge has three rooms with double beds for a maximum occupancy of 6, a shared bath with running water, a common room and a kitchen with gas stove. The veranda is a great location to relax, read a book and take in the sounds of the forest that surrounds the lodge. The area has been designated as a Diana Monkey habituation zone.
The Diana Monkey Lodge and Sileti Substation are situated 75 km south of Kenema (approx. 3 hours). There are two half-day nature trails accessible from the substation that provide an opportunity to see groups of Diana Monkeys and other primates such as the Red Colobus and Black and White Colobus. Stays at the lodge can be combined with a 2-day/1-night camping trip along the Mahoi River.
Lalehun and the GRCC
Lalehun is located 40 km (approx. 1.5 hours) from Kenema in Gola Central. Here there is a network of trails that offers opportunities for viewing rare wildlife such as the White-necked Picarthartes, Gola Malimbe and African Buffalo, as well as various primate species. Don’t miss the `Gola’ masked devil dance performed by Lalehun villagers, arranged for upon request. You can stay the night at the Gola Rainforest Conservation Center (if it is currently not in use for a training) which has comfortable accommodation within the National Park.