This building was built in 1947 to commemorate the countries Independence. Every Liberian President has been inaugurated here, except for one, the current President George Weah. Instead, he opted for a local football pitch due to his footballing routes.
The building has an obelisk outside, which is dedicated to the national heroes of Liberia. The inner area of the building has a large conference style seating area. A great spot to use a wide-angle lens.
This hotel was the highlight of my time in Monrovia. Originally built by the now-defunct airline Pan Am Airlines, but is now believed to be Libyan owned, despite sitting in ruins. I am a huge fan of abandoned locations, so perhaps more interesting to some than others, but worth a visit during your time in the city. You can also get a great city view from the rooftop.
There are security guards monitoring the abandoned site, but a small tip will get you through and then the entire site is yours to explore. Inside, outside, and even the pool area. To stay in this 5 star hotel during its prime would have been quite the experience!
Close to the Ducor Hotel location is the Joseph J Roberts Monument. Okay, so it's just a monument, but a monument of the first President of Liberia that offers a sense of pride to every Liberian across the country. A quick 5 minute stop and easy to combine with Hotel Ducor.
There's a privately funded wildlife sanctuary within the grounds of Libassa, which I found to be very educating. The sanctuary is home to many animals that have been rescued across the whole of West Africa. The workers are volunteers who are there for their love of animals.
A small entry fee of $3 USD grants you access, but if you see value in what the workers do, then please do offer a further donation.
Downtown Monrovia doesn't offer a huge amount when it comes to exploring, but there's a river in the centre of the city which is a great spot to people watch. There's local markets lining the streets selling goods that have been imported from Asia, as well as a couple of interesting buildings.
Due to its location on the West Coast of Africa, Liberia also has beached and some of these are only a short drive from Monrovia centre. The one thing I noticed when checking out some of the beaches is that there's no people. Literally no locals or tourists in sight. If you like peace and quiet, then these beaches are for you.
Worth noting that the water isn't crystal clear and the sand isn't powdery white, but still nice to spend half a day chilling. The beach along the waterfront of Libassa Lodge was by far the best.
Embassy Suites Hotel & Restaurant is a nice hotel in the centre of Monrovia which is worth using a central base whilst exploring the city. It's by no means luxury, but the best I could find in a city where the hotels were very expensive compared to other West African capitals.
Depending on your time in Liberia, I would 100% recommend that you take a night at Libassa Eco Lodge.
During my time in Liberia, the best food by far was during my stay at Libassa Eco Lodge. An extensive menu, reasonable prices, and a great service. Even if you don't intend to stay overnight, you can purchase a day pass to enjoy the pool area and restaurant.