Liberia, a country back on the rise. Previously, a tourist hotspot, the country has unfortunately been riddled with the civil wars and viral outbreaks. But now, Liberia is slowly picking itself back up and maybe a tourist hotspot in a few years. Liberia is situated on the western coast of Africa. Its neighbouring countries are Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire. The capital is Monrovia with the currency being the Liberian Dollar (LRD).
Fun Fact! Their current president used to be a Chelsea football player!
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So, let’s break this country up into PARTS.
The country means ‘land of the free’ as it was created for freed American slaves to return to Africa. There are close to 20 ethnicities making up Liberia’s demographic with: Kpelle, Bassa, Grebo, Gio, Mano, Kru and Lorma being the largest groups. The official language in the country is English with native languages also commonly spoken.
In Monrovia, The national Museum is a great and interesting place to learn about the country from birth.
Surfing in Robersport. Robersport is a coastal town on the western part of the country offering picturesque beaches and great waves.
The country has the second largest tropical forest in West Africa, Sapo National park this is home to a plethora of wildlife and even the endangered pygmy hippo.
Rituals and Culture
Christianity is the largest religion with Islam being the second largest religion.
The country relies of agriculture and some staple foods include rice, cassava and sugarcane. Some loal specialties are fufu (cassava dough pancakes), Jollof rice (Rice cooked with tomato sauce and red palm oil) and palm butter soup (stew made from grinded palm nuts, pepper, okra, fish and other seasoning, it’s a Kru tribe delicacy)
The country is very unstable at the moment so please check more travel advice check out; FCO: Travel Advice
Outside of the UK: Please check your government’s travel advice carefully
If you do decide to go to Liberia, here are some more tips below:
– Strapped with cash. There are very few ATMs in the capital and even fewer in rural areas so it’s always best to carry some local currency on you.