We know that many of our guests aren’t used to the way we do business in Sierra Leone! For this reason, we have set up a boutique behind the bungalows. When you get the urge to shop, you can wander over to our shops (rented out to local tailors and salespeople) and buy yourself a necklace, local carving or a lappa (beach wrapper). Our shop-keepers also bring their wares to the beach at certain intervals during the day if you would rather shop in the sun with a beer-in hand. Unlike most of the beaches on the rest of the peninsula, we regulate the beach market. Only the shopkeepers from our boutique are permitted to sell their wares to our guests.
The oldest man in our village sells old coins, shells and other souvenirs to feed his grandchildren. Other shopkeepers sell clothes to pay for their college education. Our shopkeepers won't harass you, so please be pleasant to them! If you're not interested in buying, practice your Krio and just say "no tanki-ya!" -- or, if you don't see what you want, feel free to ask us. We can alter clothes, make duvet covers, pillow cases, find you gara or country cloth... the great thing about shopping in Sierra Leone is that you don't have to look for what you want, you just need to ask for it and we'll find it for you!
Don't be afraid to try your hand at bargaining! It's not nearly as intimidating as it seems. Stay pleasant, smile, crack a joke or two and enjoy the banter. And if you don't like to banter, just pay what you're willing to pay. We know our system isn't for everyone!
In the morning (while you’re sipping your tea or coffee and watching the sun rise over the cool green hills) you will notice a constant stream of foot traffic crossing the river, heading towards the village and up the hill. Most of these people are on their way to work. If you’re hungry for groundnuts (fresh or roasted peanuts), pineapple, mangoes, bananas or coconuts (or whatever fruit is in season), keep your eyes peeled and ask one of the salespeople to see what they’re carrying! (And if you need someone to open a coconut for you, come to the kitchen and we’ll give you a hand). You can also ask us for any fruit in season and we will do our utmost to find it for you.