Right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Freetown is home to the country's only commercial port. For many years, the city was under either French or British rule, and was used as a British naval base during the Second World War. The country has been independent since 1961, and its tropical climate, natural beauty and lively atmosphere make Freetown an incredible city to visit. The region has the world's second-largest population of chimpanzees, and it's a truly touching experience to see these primates in their natural habitat. Of course, the stunning beaches aren't bad either!