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Admire Monrovia: a city location with a difference

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I n Liberia's nationwide museum, there is a beguiling mahogany sculpture called Twin Mom, a with dignity carved bust of an African female breastfeeding twins. "You need to feed both your kids at the same time," Lamie, the energetic guide, explains, presenting this as a symbol of Liberia's troubled past. "You can't let one establish and overlook the other."

Directs ... Liberian women bring fish. Photograph: Alamy Libassa Lodge, an eco-hotel 45 minutes outside Monrovia, has actually made ethical tourism a core principle. Funded in collaboration with the forestry authority and a wildlife sanctuary, it feels like a real retreat far from the hustle and bustle of the capital. I might conveniently invest a week here, I thought, swimming in the 4 pools that run down to the shore, snorkelling in the lagoon, and doing wildlife tours.Liberia is a really viable tourist location now, specifically if you integrate a few days'sightseeing in Monrovia with stints at the beach resorts a few miles outside the capital. I spent a lazy Sunday at RLJ Kendeja, established by the developer of America's Black Entertainment Tv (BET) network Robert Johnson. Remaining here will set you back a cool $250 (₤ 195) a night for a double room, however for $15 (₤ 11.50) a day (offset against purchases) I might pay to utilize the facilities-- in my case sitting at the beachside bar drinking fresh coconut, appreciating the only adrenalin addict who was attempting to surf the ever-violent Atlantic waves and currents.Monrovia is not all rosy.

It's neither a cheap location nor problem-free. I was grateful for my trusty chauffeur, although he was so unused to tourists he had no idea how to find the majority of the important things I wanted to see. But we found them ultimately, with a little assistance from other, equally bemused, regional individuals; tourist is rather obviously still an abnormality in Liberia.

Sand and sea ... the author on the beach at RLJ Kendeja

At the very same time it's difficult to fix up, when you're here, that it is a nation associated in the western imagination with the pester of war. On a continent of misconstrued countries, I 'd say this one is a competitor for the most unjust treatment.Way to go Fly through


, Brussels or Casablanca, from around ₤ 700(no direct flights from the UK). Libassa Eco-Lodge()costs from ₤ 98 a night. Hire a driver to obtain around Monrovia for around $50 for half a day. A yellow fever certificate is needed for entry

The Liberian capital-- in spite of current troubles and a reputation for being misunderstood-- now has much to suggest it: fantastic beaches, terrific food and a fascinating history


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