Monday, August 30, 2021

Liberia

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Why visit Liberia?

For the experienced adventurous traveler beaches, history, rain forests, scuba diving, tribal culture, tropical jungles, 



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Batik clothing, and wood carvings.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Breh (bread). Chicken Peanut Soup.
    Eddoes (taro root). Fufu (Bread). Geebee (Stew). Jollof Rice (Spicy Rice). Palava (Spicy Soup). Palm Butter Soup. Pepper Kala (Fried Dumpling). 
  • Local Drink to Try: Gana Gana (Sugarcane Juice). Palm Wine (Palm Tree Sap). 


Fun Facts
  • In 1847 declared independence but was not recognized by the USA until 1862.
  • In 1848, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, African American from Virginia (state) was elected their President after moving there.
  • In 1926, USA rubber company Firestone established their rubber plantation there.
  • Cost of electricity (.54 per kWh) is considered among the highest in the world. 
  • University of Liberia (Monrovia) is the country's largest and oldest (1862) university. 
  • Natural resources include diamonds, gold, iron, and timber.
  • Second-largest maritime registry of merchant fleet ships due to the lack of rules in the world.
  • Growers of bananas, cassava, natural rubber, palm oil, and rice.
  • Imports approximately 90% of their rice.
  • Chimpanzees, duikers, elephants, hippopotamus, leopards, and monkeys are widely consumed as a delicacy (bushmeat).
  • Polygamy marriages is praticed. Men can have up to four wives (ages 15–49).
  • Mount Nimba Strict Reserve and Providence Island are pending registration on the 

    UNESCO World Heritage Centre.




Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (November) Monrovia Children’s Day Festival
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Armed Forces Day, Decoration Day, J.J. Roberts' Birthday, Fast and Prayer Day, National Unification Day, Independence Day, Flag Day, Thanksgiving, William Tubman's Birthday, and Christmas.


Good to Know
  • Poor infrastructure.
  • Fuel, lodging, fuel, telephone services, and transportation are unevenly available.
  • Disruption of communications service is common. 
  • Due to poisoning, avoid eating amberjack, barracuda, bonito, grouper, mackerel, mahi-mahi, snapper, or tuna.
  • Shop at the National Cultural Center (Kendeja) for wood carvings.
  • Sanitation conditions to not meet our USA standards.
  • Due to bilharzia risk avoid swimming or wading in freshwater lakes or streams.
  • Buchanan offers beach towns.
  • Cholera, Hepatitis (A, B, C), HIV, Malaria, Onchocerciasis, Polio, Rabies, Schistosomiasis, Typhoid, Tetanus, Yellow Fever are prevalent.
  • Passports are required to be stamped at the Immigration Office on Broad Street (Monrovia) within 48 hours of arrival. 
  • Ocean currents are strong.
  • Adult literacy is low.
  • Avoid public transportation.
  • An International Driver’s License is required to drive.
  • ATMs are not widely available. 
  • English is their official language.
  • Police force is limited.
  • Credit cards and Traveler's checks are not widely accepted.
  • Surfing is best in Robertsport.
  • Use insect repellents containing 20% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.
  • Photography of air, government buildings, military, public buildings, and sea ports is not permitted.
  • Winter months (November - March) dry dust poses issues.
  • Pollution is a significant issue (Monrovia).
  • Roads are often impassable following heavy rainfalls (May - October).
  • Highly ranked for rape and sexual abuse towards women. Punishable up to life in prison.
  • Treat your clothing and tents with permethrin.
  • Homosexuality is illegal. Considered a first-degree misdemeanor with up to one year in prison.
  • Has highly venomous Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish.
  • Avoid exploring in the dark.
  • Ambulances do not include trained paramedics and often have little to no medical equipment onboard.
  • Government corruption is rampant.
  • Avoid crowds, demonstrations, and rallies.
  • Does not have working landline telephone systems. Purchase or rent a local cellular phone. 

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA required.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination required. 
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $7,500USD.


Photo Credit: Сергей Корчанов/Pixabay 




  • Best Time to Visit: December - April  
  • Coolest Months: June - November
  • Hottest Month: April 
  • Peak Season: October - January


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