Conakry to Monrovia Overland (not via Freetown)
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jun 27, 2013 7:19 PM Last Post By: peopletrees
Jan 25, 2013 3:18 PM
The route I am looking at is Conakry-Mamou-Nzerekore-Monrovia. I will look at getting scheduled buses (LP mentions a post office bus too). Any tips on this route for public transport, cheap hotels along the route and also any idea on how long I should expect to allow this route to take?
Jan 25, 2013 5:48 PM
1Conakry to Mamou is an easy trip, I would suggest staying in Mamou before continuing on
I don't know the rest of the trip but your descent into Liberia could be interesting as the roads aren't good & it will depend on the time of year, rainy season etc!
I'd concentrate more on this part ... the rest is tarred, not sure how good it is at the moment but you should be ok from Conakry
Jan 27, 2013 4:36 AM
2Thanks Kira, I am planning to go in September so should hopefully just avoid the rainy season.
Do you have any idea as to how long it might actually take to do Mamou to Monrovia overland?
Finally, what do you mean when you say 'I'd concentrate more on this part ... ' in your last comment?
IF the guinea back roads route would prove too time consuming and difficult and IF it is possible to get the visa for Ivory Coast and if the Liberia-Ivory Coast border is open and accessible, I'd change my route to go Conakry-Freetown-Monrovia-Abijan. Is this a realistic plan or is the southern route still a no go?
Jan 27, 2013 5:02 AM
3I've not done it personally but have friends who've attempted the 'Guinea - Liberia' route & it was hellish ... (which describes most things that aren't tarred in some of W.Africa!)
The 'coastal' route is apparently excellent in comparison, so if you can go via SL, it would make your life easier!
Jan 27, 2013 9:45 AM
Jan 31, 2013 7:58 AM
I traveled down the length of Guinea and into Liberia (though never to Monrovia) in 2007. Roads aren't great, but that's no reason not to make this trip. I'm not sure if roads have been improved since I was there. I've never traveled Mamou-Faranah, but Faranah-Kissidougou was about 3 hours when I did this trip, and Kissidougou-N'zerekore was something like 10 hours when I did this trip. From Mamou-N'zerekore it's going to be at least 2 days, preferably 3. There are some very interesting places to stop along the way (I highly recommend the Foret Classe de Ziama, though I don't know what state it's in at the moment). The most direct route from N'zerekore to Monrovia should be possible in a day, though I have no experience of this route. I crossed near Bossou, close to Mt Nimba, which is a spectacular and very off-the-beaten-track border crossing. Will give you more details if you're interested.
Feb 3, 2013 8:03 AM
6Hi, I only know the stretch from Macenta to N'Zérékoré into Liberia. The road between Macenta and N'Zérékoré is impeccable (newly built by a Brazilian construction company, supposedly in connection with the mining going on in the region). It will take you 2 hours. From N'Zérékoré, there is a nice tarred road towards the border in Ganta (about 2-3h), also passing through some primary rain forest (if you didn't stop at forêt classé du Ziama, you get another chance here...) From Ganta to Gbarnga it's about 2h (on a paved road with many potholes), and then another 3h to Monrovia. Even though I have never been crossing to Cote d'Ivoire, I would recommend that you go directly from Guinea to Liberia, also because the situation at the Ivorian border is still slightly more fragile. Please also take into consideration that September will be in the midst of the rainy season (although Macenta - N'Zérékoré - Ganta - Monrovia is "open" all year).
Feb 10, 2013 12:38 PM
Mar 5, 2013 10:08 AM
Jun 27, 2013 7:19 PM
I'm planning on taking this route in the rainy season (July-August).
I want to do the N'zerekore - Monrovia section by motorcycle. Unfortunately, I would have to do that particular part of the trip alone.
One of you described the trip as 'hellish'. I've never been to West Africa and I don't really know how to interpret that.. What do I have to look forward to?
Thank you so much!
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