LIBERIA

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Liberia is one of the most rarely visited countries within the rarely visited region of West Africa. If that fact intrigues you, and you have some experience traveling elsewhere in Africa, then Liberia might just be the perfect destination for you. 

Liberia was founded by freed American slaves and today encompasses a variety of ethnic groups. The country has weathered more than its fair share of challenges. Yet the culture remains vibrant, boasting a colorful swagger that visitors can’t help but appreciate.

The few visitors who do venture to Liberia mostly come for the beaches. Robertsport, a popular weekend getaway from the capital Monrovia, has a couple pleasant beach resorts, a modest surfing scene, and a relaxed vibe. Buchanan, a few hours on the other side of Monrovia, is another beach town worth visiting.

Heading northeast via Ganta, the mining town of Yekepa is one of the most interesting places to visit in Liberia and the jumping off point for a hike up Mount Nimba. Few travelers make the long and bumpy journey further east through the interior, but for those that do the rewards are fascinating. Sapo National Park, the bustling town of Zwedru, and the beach town of Harper await those with enough stamina for a day or two in bush taxis on Liberia’s rough roads.

Because Liberia is so rarely visited and one of the few West African countries where English is spoken, it’s a fantastic place for English-speaking travelers to meet and learn from locals. As with elsewhere in the region, expect a challenging and somewhat unpredictable journey. But for those willing to dive in and go along for the ride, travel in Liberia is sure to be a rewarding experience. 

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LANGUAGE:  English    

CURRENCY:  Liberian dollar (L$)

LIBERIA