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Travel to Liberia, land of liberated African American slaves


Travel to Liberia, land of liberated African American slaves


Travel to Liberia with TransAfrica. From the Latin “liber” (free) because it was colonized by liberated African American slaves, Liberia is bordered to the north with Sierra Leone and Guinea, while to the east with the Ivory Coast. The capital of the country is Monrovia, a country that between the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, was plagued by two civil wars that made hundreds of thousands of refugees and destroyed the Liberian economy.

Today the population is composed mostly of Sudanese blacks and various local tribes (Kpelle, Bassa, Gio, Krumen, Grebbo, Mano, Krahn, gorge, Gbandi, mende, mandingo and viau). The most widespread religion is the Christian one (about 66% of the population, especially Protestants), about 15% practice Islam, while the rest of the population is animist (19%). The most important and populous city in the country is the capital Monrovia, with a little less than one million inhabitants. While the second city of Liberia is Gbarnga, which in 2008 had 34,046 inhabitants.

Travel to Liberia, the territory of the African country

The rainforest covers a large part of the territory of Liberia and in particular the whole coast. However, the areas where the forest is damaged due to the man-activity or the areas where the coffee, oil palm, Hevea, banana and pineapple plantations are located, are considerably extended. The essences of the Liberian forest are represented by various mahogany species and various palms, including the Raphia vinifera, which grows in degraded areas of the primary forest. Other plants include strophanthus and pepper.

In the innermost areas, large carnivores, such as the lion, and herbivores such as gazelles, antelopes, zebras, elephants live. There are numerous felids including serval and leopard, very frequent in all of Liberia, finally viverre, including linsango. The forest is instead the realm of the apes: the chimpanzee, the collared cercocebo, the baboon, the galagon proscimmia. In the rivers, there are numerous hippos and crocodiles, numerous snakes and their age-old adversaries, mongooses. Birdlife is very rich, especially represented by nectarines and blue pheasants; the range of insects is vast, including the dangerous tsetse fly.

Liberia between beaches and culture

In the capital, do not miss the Liberian National Museum where the sad history of the country is contained. In the Capitol Hill neighbourhood, also in Monrovia, there is the Waterside Market, one of the largest markets in the country. At the stall you will find local food and fruits, but also many souvenirs including statuettes and small typical objects of the country’s tradition.

For a little relaxation and fun, however, Sinkor beach is perhaps the best destination to choose from. Very popular with families who gather for a barbecue and young people who use it for sports. In the town of Harper, located in the extreme southeast of the country, you can walk on beautiful beaches and observe the wonderful houses on the sea. The coastal cities are ideal for surfing enthusiasts, among which we recommend Robertsport.

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