|The Hitchhiking World Guide - Liberia|
|Written by Sascha Grabow & translated by Patricia Perrine Marie Favinette (french)|
|Wednesday, 09 January 2008|
Written in July, 2005
Basically the main route is going through from Kenema in Sierra Leone into Monrovia, then from there to the inland border with the Ivory Coast (Cote'd Ivoire) near Man. There exists a coastal connection to the Ivory Coast, but I've heard only from one photographer who went through there, and he lost almost everything but his underpants, equipment, clothes, etc, taken from him by rebels respectively government child soldiers.
In August 2002, still during ex-warlord and then president Charles Taylor's reign, there were so many roadblocks, that the few cars moving were very reluctant to take onboard somebody white, which might mean so much more curiosity & suspicion, which in turn can become very time-consuming at those roadblocks. So a collective taxi (usually five people sharing) or minivan was the appropiate alternative. You can get them at the border or outbound from Monrovia at the junction about 12(?) km out of town. In the mountainous region towards Guinea-Conakry, a former rebel-stronghold, there might be a stable connection towards that Guinea border by now, but at present I'm unable to provide any Info on that.