Even though Liberia has fallen off as a popular travel destination in Africa, it still offers travellers countless once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Located on the West African coast, the country is home to more than 16 indigenous ethnic groups, providing travellers the opportunity to experience multiple cultures during their trip.
The meaning of “Liberia” is “land of the free,” which originated after freed slaves and black emigrants from the United States recolonized the country and helped establish it as an independent republic. Today, the country is known as a global biodiversity travel hotspot, with a significant reservoir of biodiversity composed of remaining viable populations of certain species, including western chimpanzees, forest elephants and leopards. Whether you are visiting to explore the culture or the biodiversity, having travel insurance ensures you can get proper travel assistance during your trip.
Travel tips for Liberia
All Canadian travellers are required to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their intended departure date. All travellers must have a visa. There is a departure tax of $25 USD. Also, note that Ebola screening measures are in place at all entry points into the country.
Always be aware of your surroundings when travelling in Liberia. Always have valid photo identification with you and make sure to properly secure your valuables. Petty crime and attempted fraud are known to occur. Photography of military property, airports, bridges and government buildings is prohibited.
The accepted currency is the Liberian dollar (LRD). Since the economy is cash-based, it’s recommended that you carry sufficient funds for your trip. The US dollar is widely accepted, but credit cards and debit cards are not, and ABMs are not available. The official language is English, but other languages that are commonly spoken include Liberian English, Caribbean English, Kpelle and Creole.
The best time of the year to visit Liberia is during the country’s dry season (November to April). If you are visiting for the surfing, come between April and August. Avoid travelling during the rainy season (May to November), as flash flooding and travel-related issues are more common.
Top travel experiences in Liberia
The natural beauty of the country is what attracts many tourists, but it’s the vast cultural experiences that people will remember the most. It’s the small-town experiences in places like Monrovia, with lively markets, pubs and restaurants, that add to the overall travel experience.
During your stay, consider checking out the historic Careysburg township, seeing the rock formations at Blo Degbo, taking a tour of the world’s largest rubber plantation or even seeing the beautiful wilderness of Sapo National Park. You can even relax on Silver Beach and catch a wave in the ocean. No trip is complete without a trek through the country’s jungles to experience plants and wildlife first-hand. Finally, if you are up for it, consider a hike to Mount Nimba and take in the views that Liberia has to offer.
Travel insurance coverage for Liberia
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