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Liberia

Getting there & away

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Land

Côte d’Ivoire

Border crossings include those just beyond Sanniquellie, and east of Harper, towards Tabou (Côte d’Ivoire). However, overland travel, especially on the Côte d’Ivoire side of these borders, is currently not possible unless arranged through a travel agency (which requires an expensive permit on the Côte d’Ivoire side). Before making any plans get an update on the security situation on both sides of the border.

Previously, buses ran several times a week from Monrovia to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and on to Accra (Ghana) via Sanniquellie (US$40 to Abidjan, US$60 to Accra, plus approximately US$20 for border fees). However, all cross-border bus services are currently suspended.

Daily bush taxis go from Monrovia to Ganta and Sanniquellie, from where it was possible during better times to continue in stages to Danané (Côte d’Ivoire) and Man (Côte d’Ivoire; 12 to 15 hours). Although here, too, independent travel on the Côte d’Ivoire side of the border currently isn’t feasible.

In the south, a road connects Harper with Tabou, where (once the security situation settles down) you cross the Cavally River in a ferry or canoe for taxis to Tabou and onward transport to San Pédro (Côte d’Ivoire) and Abidjan.

Guinea

The main crossing is just north of Ganta, with smaller borders also at Yekepa and Voinjama.

Bush taxis run daily from Monrovia to Ganta (US$15), from where you’ll need to walk or take a moto-taxi 2km to the border. Once across, there are frequent taxis to N’zérékoré (Guinea). Monrovia to Conakry (Guinea; US$35) takes two to three days.

It’s possible to go in the dry season via Voinjama to Macenta (Guinea), changing vehicles at the border. The road from Gbarnga north to Zorzor and Voinjama is under rehabilitation; allow two days.

From Yekepa it’s a few kilometres to the border, from where there are Guinean vehicles to Lola (Guinea; US$1.50, one hour).

For boats between Conakry and Monrovia (at least 36 hours), inquire at Monrovia’s port. Fishing boats run sporadically between Harper and San Pédro (Côte d’Ivoire).

Sierra Leone

The main crossing is at Bo (Waterside). There are frequent bush taxis between Monrovia and the border (two hours), from where it’s easy to find onward transport to Kenema (Sierra Leone; eight rough hours further), and on to Bo (Sierra Leone) and Freetown (Sierra Leone).

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Air

Airlines servicing Monrovia include the following. Gritaco Travel or UWTS can assist with bookings.

Astraeus Airlines (www.flyastraeus.com) Twice weekly between London (Gatwick) and Monrovia.

Bellview Airlines (06-543-133, 06-553 928) Three flights weekly to/from Lagos (Nigeria) via Accra (Ghana) and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).

Slok Air International (06-590 178) Three flights weekly to/from Dakar (Senegal) via Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Banjul (The Gambia); three flights weekly to/from Accra (Ghana).

SN Brussels Airline (06-590 991, 06-512 147; www.flysn.com) Three flights weekly between Brussels (Belgium) and Monrovia via Freetown (Sierra Leone).

Weasua Air Transport (06-556 693) Two flights weekly to/from Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).

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