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Lunsar is located in Sierra Leone
Location in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 08°41′00″N 12°32′00″W / 8.68333°N 12.53333°W / 8.68333; -12.53333
CountryFlag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone
ProvinceNorthern Province
DistrictPort Loko District
 (2004 estimate)
 • Total36,108 [1].
Time zoneUTC-5 (GMT)

Lunsar is a town in Marampa Chiefdom, Port Loko District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone.[1] It is the largest town in Port Loko District by population. The Britannica estimate of the population of Lunsar is 36,108[2]. The town is one of the main commercial and business hub in the North of Sierra Leone. Lunsar lies approximately 50 miles east of Freetown[2] and about 18 miles south-east of the district capital of Port Loko[3]. The inhabitants of Lunsar are largely from the Temne ethnic group.


Its most recent history has been an iron ore mining town. The ore, for the most part, is set in stone which forms a huge mountain, called Massaboin Hill. The word stone in the local Temne language is "Sar," and thus befits the area where the iron ore was found. Thus, the town's initial name was "Ro-Sar" meaning the place where the stones are found. Ro-sar later evolved to Lunsar during the colonial era.

Sports & culture[edit]

Lunsar is the home to Sierra Leone's largest cycling team, the Lunsar Cycling Team.[3] The team has run an annual bike race, the Tour de Lunsar, since 2016.[4] In 2019, two riders from the town, Osman T. Kalokoh and Ibrahim Jalloh, represented Sierra Leone on the national cycling team at the Tour de Guinée.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lunsar, Sierra Leone.
  2. ^ Around the World
  3. ^ "Lunsar Cycling Team". Lunsar Cycling Team. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  4. ^ "Inside Sierra Leone's richest race: A startling look at West African cycling". CyclingTips. 2019-06-20. Retrieved 2020-06-30.

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Coordinates: 08°41′N 12°32′W / 8.683°N 12.533°W / 8.683; -12.533