Liberia, a lush, green, friendly and vibrant land, offers everything from excellent surf spots and shops selling wares by edgy local designers to days spent lolling in a comfy hammock on the edge of the rainforest while listening to tropical birds sing. It’s home to one of West Africa’s best national parks and still hangs on to a confident American spirit mixed with West African roots. And despite the ravages of the past, it is a fantastic place to travel, full of hope and energy.
Originally built by the now-defunct Pan Am Airlines, this former luxury hotel, and site of key political meetings is now a decayed but stunning colonial ruin. It is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Security guards will let you in, and it’s fun to roam the once-opulent grounds and ponder the deals sealed around the vast swimming pool.
This small archipelago is home to chimpanzees that were evacuated from a hepatitis research lab during the war. Enquire in town about the most up-to-date options for viewing the island and chimps from a canoe (US$5 to US$10) – it can be hit or miss, but there will usually be someone around who can take you.
It’s located in the Sinoe Province; you’ll need to take a 4WD from Monrovia to Greenville, then head north to Juarzon and then southeast to Jalay’s Town. You’ll need to allow at least a full day’s travel to here from the capital.
Gbarnga, Bong County
Gbarnga, Bong County – President Ellen Johnson sirleaf has dedicated and named the Monrovia-Gbarnga highway after one of Liberia historical chiefs, Suakoko. Suakoko, a legendary female Paramount Chief in Bong County, is revered for her role in galvanizing natives of her land to support the expansion and integration of Liberia into the hinterland.
Beautiful Mt Nimba is Liberia’s tallest peak, 1362m above sea level, and you can feasibly climb it if you have a few days on your hands (it’s a rewarding way to beat the heat of Monrovia). You can camp along the way if you have your own equipment, hiking along the peaks. Bring a GPS and warm clothing as it can get misty and very cool at night.
The jumping-off point is the curious town of Yekepa, a 10-hour drive from Monrovia and a Truman Show–esque mining town owned by Arcelor Mittal. The road to Mt Nimba is paved for almost three-quarters of the way to the top; you can drive to the peak using a 4WD. The Noble House Motel is the only sleeping option of note in Yekepa. Now it could be some new hotels, we will keep you up updated
Waterside market is the largest local indoor/outdoor market, and one of the busiest market with narrow walkways between busy stalls. There are two large, well-stocked supermarkets in the city center to offer a surprising selection of Western foods. Still, despite its woes, Liberia has the feeling of a country on the ascent. One of the busiest market.
The coastline of Liberia has only a few natural harbors. Monrovia has always been the major port. In the 1950s a second port was established as Buchanan for the shipment of iron ore, although these operations ceased in the 1990s. Efforts are being made to redevelop both ports.
In early 2007, the lighthouses were inspected to assess what would be needed to restore them to service. However, little has been done, and in June 2012 a visiting team from the International Maritime Organization reported that lighthouse restoration was “one of the major challenges facing the maritime sector of Liberia.” Restoration and operation are the responsibility of the Liberia Maritime Authority.
his is the world’s largest rubber plantation, which is leased from the government on a controversial 99-year plan. You can view how rubber is processed (not official tours, just ask at the entrance and they will normally oblige), or play around at the 18-hole golf course. The only way to get here from Marshall is by car. The journey takes roughly an hour.
Marshall Robertsport in Liberia
Robertsport is a town in western Liberia, about 10 miles from the Sierra Leone border. It is named after Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the first president of Liberia. The town lies on Cape Mount peninsula, a spit of land separating the brackish lagoon Lake Piso from the Atlantic Ocean, 50 mi north-west of Monrovia. It serves as the capital of Grand Cape Mount County and is the home of the city corporation