LIBERIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Liberia, on the western coast of Africa, has been torn asunder by a long-drawn-out civil war. Peace is gradually weaving its fragile presence in the country after the peace accord of 1996. Despite this, Liberia is not quite the place to choose for a visit because factions are still battling it out in the more remote parts of the country.
While the country is now recovering from conflict, it has not yet redeveloped the necessary infrastructure to sustain a large increase in tourism, with little for the average visitor outside Monrovia. Towns like Buchanan and Ganta are little more than a collection of shanty houses with no decent hotels or eateries. Monrovia, in general, is calmer than the more far-flung areas, although the situation nationwide is improving with the presence of UN Peacekeepers. Fear should not stop you enjoying your visit but act with caution. Travel outside Monrovia is very difficult and not advisable going alone.
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LIBERIA QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Monrovia
- Currency: Liberian dollar (LRD) US Dollar (USD) widely accepted
- Area: 111,370 km2
- Population: 4,819 million (2018)
- Language: English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence
- Religion: indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%
- Electricity: 120V/60Hz (USA & European plugs; no unified electrical system so bring adaptors for both)
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LIBERIA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 11 February, Armed Forces’ Day
- 2nd Wednesday in March, Decoration Day
- 15 March, Joseph Jenkins Roberts’ Birthday
- 2nd Friday in April, National Fast and Prayer Day
- 14 May, National Unification Day
- 25 May, Africa Day
- 26 July, Independence Day
- 24 August, Flag Day
- 1st Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day
- 29 November, President Tubman’s Birthday
LIBERIA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Liberia’s average annual rainfall exceeds 2,500 mm. Rainfall is highest along the coast, but decreases towards Liberia’s interior plateaus and low mountains. Southern areas of the country receive rain year-round, while the rest of the country experiences two seasons due to the West African Monsoon. The wet season typically occurs in the summer months between May and November, with average temperature of 25°C. The dry season typically occurs in the winter months, December to April, with average temperatures between 24 to 27°C.
HEALTH RISKS IN LIBERIA
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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.