Cycle Guide Liberia

This country isn’t particularly known for its best cycling routes. In fact, cycling in Liberia can be quite though and demotivating. As one of the poorest countries, don’t expect good facilities and food. The many rain makes most of the roads nearly inaccessible. But hey, if you like real raw adventure, this might be the place to be. And maybe you find some inner truths about yourself, since that’s what though places do.

Visa

A visa is required.

Sierra Leone, Freetown

iOverlander / OSM

  • 1 month, single entry, $100
Ivory Coast, Abidjan

iOverlander / OSM

  • 1 month, single entry, CFA 30.000
Other

Quick facts

 

Language English, local languages 
Currency LRD (2019: €1 = LRD215) 
Religion Christianity, Islam
Climate Tropical 
SIM card Orange
GDP-rank #183 (of 192 countries)

Border crossings

Sierra Leone
Ivory Coast
Guinea

See & Do

Monrovia

OSM

Visit the capital with its ugly history of coops and wars. Visit the empty hotel at the highest point of the city and get a nice view.

Kpatawee waterfalls

iOverlander / OSM

Apparently a nice waterfall after a beautiful ride of 45 minutes. Be aware of people that ask money to visit the spot.

Sleeping

Wild camping

Possible, but there are lots of people everywhere, so consider asking permission first.

Formal Camping

A great way of meeting locals and sleeping in your own comfortable bed. Ask anyone in a village and they will search a spot for you.

Ho(s)tels

Most cities have accommodation. Room with fan should be around LRD 1.000, with AC a bit more. Expect bucket showers.

WS / CS

Not very common, only big cities offer CS hosts.

Other

Bike shops

Unknown, but the best chances are somewhere in Monrovia.

Food & Drinks
  • Onroad: Rice with fish (±200 LRD) 
  • Local food: Rice, bushmeat, fish
  • Local drink: Palm wine
Safety

Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities.

Routes
  • Sierra Leone to Ivory Coast (gpx)

Video

Blog

#15 – Difficult times in Liberia

Without saying too much, the immigration officer stamped my passport and allowed me to cross the border to Liberia. Here, I had to show my passport four times, all different disciplines writing down the same information. They were very keen on where I was going, to which city, which area, […]

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