Liberia Uncovered I 2018
|Tour Dates||02 Feb 2018 - 10 Feb 2018 (9 days)|
|Tour Price (Per Person)||Price to be announced|
|Spaces Available||Spaces available|
Liberia is a country that few travelers have visited. Sandwiched between Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast, Liberia has a rich history and provides an authentic and unfiltered view of life in West Africa, far from the tourists crowds. On our 9-day Liberia tour, we will visit all the highlights of this country and get an inside look at one of Africa’s least-known countries. We have specially designed this trip to include something for every keen traveler — from village visits and culture to photography opportunities and wildlife excursions in the rainforest and reserves.
- Monrovia, the thriving capital of Liberia
- Rural villages throughout the interior of the country
- Robertsport, a beautiful surfing and eco-conscious town on the coast
- Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve (East Nimba Nature Reserve), located on the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for birding and wildlife
- Monkey Island, an island reserve dedicated to the well-being of monkeys once used as medical test subjects
- Full services of an Out of Bounds Tours leader with local guides and drivers.
- Visa support letter.
- All meals from arrival until departure.
- Drinking water provided.
- All transport within the itinerary.
- All accommodations.
- All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary.
|Tour Fact Sheet|
|Max Group Size||12 pax with 1 Out of Bounds Tours leader|
Day 01: Monrovia, Liberia
This morning on our Liberia tour, we will transfer by boat to the Freetown airport and be assisted with check in procedures for our departing flights to Monrovia on Kenya Airways. Arrival at Robertsfield International Airport (ROB) in Monrovia and be met by reps and transferred to our hotel. Depending on the arrival time, there may be time to visit the city. Overnight at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia.
Day 02: Robertsport
After breakfast, we will make the three-hour drive out to Robertsport, which is famous for its surf conditions, offers beautiful beaches, hiking and is of historical importance. Many of the first US settlers, including the first President of Liberia, arrived via this port. The land is now scattered with large plantation-style Victorian homes similar to those of Virginia. Enjoy a bonfire and barbecue night with fresh local fish and seafood (if available) Overnight at Nana’s Lodge in Robertsport.
Day 03: Robertsport & Monrovia
This morning on our Liberia tour, we will have a few activities on offer today at Robertsport, including rainforest hiking in search of wildlife and birds, swimming off the beach, visiting nearby Messima village, or surfing. In the late afternoon, we will return to Monrovia. Overnight the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia.
Day 04: Monrovia & Gbarnga
We start the day with a tour of Monrovia, before continuing out into the countryside with a stop for lunch at Wulki Farms, the largest livestock and vegetable farm in Liberia. Later we will go past rainforest and tiny villages en route to visit Kpatawee Waterfall, located about an hour outside of Gbarnga. Covered by the lush canopy, this tumbling waterfall and large natural swimming pool offer a great way to relax and enjoy Liberia’s natural wonders. We can also take a hike through the rainforest to see Kpatawee’s twin falls. Overnight at a guesthouse in Gbarnga.
Day 05: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve & Sanniquellie
Drive to the top of Mount Nimba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (3 hours), and visit East Nimba Nature Reserve (ENNR), which is located in the north of the country covering 13,569 bio-diverse hectares. The reserve borders both Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea and covers much of Liberia’s share of the Mount Nimba Mountain range. An extremely geographically unique area with more than 200 endemic species, ENNR is home to some endangered species, including the Nimba toad and the West African chimpanzee. It was officially established as a reserve in 2003. Overnight at a guesthouse in Sanniquellie.
Day 06: East Nimba Nature Reserve
This morning on our Liberia tour, and after an early breakfast, we will spend the majority of the day in search of wildlife and birds throughout the beautiful East Nimba Nature Reserve. Overnight at a guesthouse in Sanniquellie.
Day 07: Kpan’s Town
Today we will head to Libassa Ecolodge, located 30 minutes outside of Monrovia in a stunning location between a lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a family owned business, and the founders built the lodge, which is made up of handbuilt double cottages, over three years, working with the local community who they trained with skills in carpentry and hospitality. You can either enjoy the natural surroundings around the palm-fringed beaches or be on the lookout for some of the exotic birds known to frequent the area. Overnight at the Libassa Ecolodge in Kpan’s Town.
Day 08: Firestone Plantation & Monkey Island
Today on our Liberia tour, we will visit the world’s largest rubber plantation, Firestone, a part of Liberia since 1926. This plantation has been well maintained over the years and offers vast beautiful views of elegant white rubber trees. Our guides will teach you how the trees are tapped, and the rubber is made.
We will then venture out to Monkey Island, located in Marshal, which is a sanctuary for chimpanzees who were once used as test animals at the local research institute. Pressure from advocacy groups to stop experiments on chimps, coupled with a lack of funding, has resulted in closings of such institutions and thus, in need to find a home for all these primates who could not survive on their own in the wild. The chimps are fed daily by locals who use canoe’s to visit the chimps from a safe distance. We will join on the canoe ride to see these beautiful animals. In the afternoon, we will return to further explore the surrounding areas of our lodge and have several activity options available. Overnight at Libassa EcoLodge in Kpan’s Town.
Day 09: Departure
We will return to Monrovia and the airport and bid farewell to Liberia.