Travel & Destination

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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