Liberia or Republic of Liberia is located within West Africa, and is bordered by Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Ivory Coast to the north, south, and east, respectively. To be understood within Liberia, English is the official language, although there are around 15 indigenous languages also used within the country. Ethnic groups within Liberia include Kpelle, Bassa, Mano, Gio or Dan, Kru, Grebo, Krahn, Vai, Gola, Mandingo or Mandinka, Mende, Kissi, Gbandi, Loma, Fante, Dei or Dewoin, Belleh, and Americo-Liberians or Congo people. Some of the largest cities within Liberia include Monrovia (the capital and largest city), Gbarnga, Kakata, Bensonville, Harper, Voijama, Buchanan, Zwedru, New Yekepa, and Greenville, while the counties include Montserrado, Bong, Margibi, Maryland, Lofa, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Kru, Rivercess, River Gee, and Sinoe.
What to see & do
Known places within Liberia include Sapo National Park, Liberian National Museum, Lake Piso, Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Kpe-Tawe Waterfalls, Firestone Rubber Plantation, Liberia’s Centennial Pavilion, and Gertylue Floral Park. Sapo National Park, located in Sinoe County, Liberia, is the only national park of the country, and is considered as its largest protected area of rainforest. The national park has the highest mammal species diversity of any region in the world based on Conservation International, and is also in the Western Guinean lowland forests ecoregion based on the WWF ecoregions classification scheme. Liberian National Museum has three tiers; ground floor has a historiographical gallery with presidential papers, documents, and memoirs, among others; another floor contains the ethnographical gallery, with a contemporary arts gallery on the topmost floor. Liberia’s Lake Piso, also referred to as Lake Pisu and Fisherman’s Lake, is the country’s largest lake at around 40 square miles, or 103 square kilometers. The lake’s name comes from the local term that means ‘pigeon’s hole’ in connection to the flocks of pigeons that once went to the lake for water. Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a protected area located in Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, and Liberia. It is home to around 200 endemic species of duikers, big cats, civets, chimpanzees, along with several kinds of viviparous toads.
How to get around Liberia
Among the transportation options in Liberia include rail, ports, and harbors. Within Liberia there used to be three railways, which have been severely damaged over the years. As of August 2010, one of three railways has been brought back into service. The rail service does not provide any connections to any other countries close to Liberia. The ports and harbors within Liberia include Buchanan, Greenville, Harper, and Monrovia.
How to get there
Among the airports that serve Liberia is the Roberts International Airport, also referred to as Robertsfield. The airport has flights to and from destinations such as Abidjan, Freetown, Accra, Lagos, London, Brussels, Freetown, Banjul, Dakar, Douala, Nairobi, and Casablanca, through airlines such as Air Côte d'Ivoire, Arik Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Eagle Atlantic Airlines, Gambia Bird, Kenya Airways, and Royal Air Maroc. Roberts International Airport is a public airport located close to Harbel, between 6.233889 latitude and -10.362222 longitude. The airport serves with one asphalt-surfaced runway at approximately 3,300 meters or 11,000 feet in length.