Liberia Named As One Of The Top Tourist Destinations In Africa

Liberia, Morocco and Eswatini are the only African countries named (Photo: 123RF photos)

Liberia is not uppermost when you think about the best-known places for tourism on the continent, but that could change if a new list from a respected travel advice company, Lonely Planet has its way.

The country was placed eighth in its list of top tourist destinations.

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Lonely Planet, which produces a series of popular guide books, also named two other African countries in its top 10 – Eswatini (placed fifth) and Morocco (ninth).

Justifying its choice, the company admits that “for most outsiders, Liberia is a bit of a mystery”, but goes on to say:

“Then there’s Sapo National Park, the second-largest area of primary rainforest in West Africa. In these dense forests, you stand a chance of running into chimpanzees, forest elephants and Liberia’s famous pygmy hippos – no larger than a Shetland pony.”

If the Lonely Planet ranking did have an impact, it would be a remarkable turnaround for a country that was cut off from visitors during the Ebola outbreak that ended in 2016.

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Lonely Planet called Eswatini “one of Southern Africa’s most underrated destinations” and Morocco has “time-honoured attractions complemented by sustainable-yet-stylish lodging”.

It has been a good few days for Liberia when it comes to top 10 lists. Last week, it was named as the most welcoming country for strangers in the world by the Charities Aid Foundation.

Source: BBC

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