"Liberia 1999" Top 5 Page for this destination Liberia by jacobzoethout
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We arrived for the first time at the Liberian border on Saturday, March 20th, 1999. A red taxi with a Mossi driver from Burkina Faso took us to the border. We had stayed in Tabou, the most western town at the coast of Cote d'Ivoire, and wanted to cross the border and spend the Sunday in Harper, a city on the Liberian coast. We crossed the border river in a pirogue. However, we failed to enter the country, waiting all day in the heat at the customs office. The Liberian customs officers wouldn't let us in, although our visa were allright.
Three days later, on Tuesday, March 23th, we did succeed. We went from Danane to the Liberian border with public transport, in a minibus. Packed together like a can of sardines. It was terribly uncomfortable. But all the Liberians in the bus were so joyfull, singing spirituals and hymns all the time, without knowing each other. They were returning to their country, sometimes after spending many years in diaspora.
We crossed the border and Moussa, a very good taxi driver, brought us and Rev. Stevens, who we had met at the bus station in Danane, to Ganta. The road led us through thick rainforests. Our only problem was at a roadblock at Sanniquelli. The officers there really didn't treat us friendly. However, in the end, they let us pass and we arrived in Ganta, a town in Nimba county at the Guinee border.
Ganta was a very dark town. There was no electricity; Ganta was a city of oil lamps and candles. We had our electric torches. There was no functioning hotel in Ganta. However, our new friend Rev. Stevens arranged a two night stay with the Lutheran community in Ganta. Those people were very welcoming and the next day, they showed us their town. We visited the hospital where people did their jobs with great effort and with minor means. They made us feel guilty for having so much for so little.
All day long we walked around in Ganta, meeting people and making friends. We even met the mayor of Ganta, Mrs Millar. In the evening, we ate in the only restaurant of Ganta, a very good one, together with some of our new friends. We exchanged adresses and hoped to see each other in the future. The next day we left Liberia and went back to Danane in Cote d'Ivoire
Ganta is a town in Nimba County, in the north eastern part of Liberia. We stayed two nights and one day in the town. We... more travel advice
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