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Liberia

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Landscape in Robertsport, Liberia
Landscape in Robertsport / Michael Keating, CC BY 2.0

Liberia nowadays definitely is not a tourist hotspot - mostly due to rather recent warfare and dire state of infrastructure.

Too little is known about the landmarks and attractions in this country - but most likely there are quite many.

Liberia has some of the largest remaining forests in Western Africa. These forests - such as the vast Sapo Forest - are refuges of many unique species of plants and animals. Thus, an enormous tree belonging to Apodiscus genus and new species of coffee were discovered in Sapo forest in 2010.

In some areas Liberia has beautiful, forest covered mountains, such as the 1440 m high Wuteve. Country has numerous waterfalls and some of the best known are:

Stone circle in Gipo, Liberia
Stone circle in Gipo, 1968 / John Atherton, CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Kpatawee Falls (Kpatawe Falls) - Bong. Picturesque waterfall with three groups of cascades.
  • Mount Nimba - Nimba, Nzérékoré in Guinea and Dix-Huit Montagnes in Côte d'Ivoire. Up to 1,752 m high chain of mountains with a high number of endemic species of plants and animals, such as Nimba otter shrew (Micropotamogale lamottei), Western Nimba toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis) - viviparous toad. Summit of mountain is covered with grassland but slopes - with tropical forest. Here lives also a group of chimpanzees capable to use stones as tools. Mountain for most part consists of high grade iron ore.
  • St. John Falls near Gbedin - Nimba and Guinea, Nzérékoré. Some 25 - 30 m tall waterfall near Mount Nimba.

Some interesting man-made landmarks are:

  • Kpaiyea defensive walls - Lofa. Remnants of massive fortification walls.
  • Stone circle in Gipo - Nimba. Small stone circle - mysterious stone setting. There is little known about the prehistory in Liberia.

List of described attractions by counties

Liberia is divided into 15 counties.

Bomi
Bong
Gbarpolu
Grand Bassa
Grand Cape Mount
Grand Gedeh
Grand Kru
Lofa
Margibi
Maryland
Montserrado
Nimba
ArrowMount NimbaEcosystems
ArrowSt. John Falls near GbedinWaterfalls
Rivercess
River Gee
Sinoe

Map of Liberia

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