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About Monrovia

Monrovia is the vibrant capital of Liberia. With a population of over 1.8 million, it is the largest city of the country. Monrovia offers you the opportunity to discover its history, culture and the amazing wildlife for which the African continent is known. The destination’s top attractions include the Liberian National Museum, Golden Beach, and the Waterside Market.

Cheap flights to Monrovia are now available for a short time, so prepare yourself to experience this energetic location. The destination is the home of the Roberts International Airport (ROB), which is a 1-hour and 5-minute drive from the city centre. This airport serves several airlines, including Royal Air Maroc and Kenya Airways. Popular flights departing from Johannesburg to Monrovia are available. The duration of the flight is 14 hours and 5 minutes.

Why visit Monrovia

Market in Monrovia

Vibrant African Markets

Browse through a collection of local jewellery, textiles, home décor and musical instruments. When it’s time to leave, you’ll have plenty to remember Monrovia by.

Liberian National Museum Monrovia

An Incredible History

Despite its troubled past, Monrovia has risen above this to become the tourist destination it is today. Explore its history and culture at the national museum.

Monkey Island Monrovia

Fascinating African Wildlife

Like most destinations on this continent, Monrovia offers you the chance to discover more of the animals that call Africa home.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Liberia
Currency Liberian Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 6.86 LDR
Language English
Hub Airport Roberts International Airport
Time Zone GMT
Travel Adaptor Type A / B/ C / F

Best time to visit Monrovia

Monrovia has just two main seasons: one hot and humid, and one rainy and dry. From November to April is the winter season, which offers dry weather with not much variation in temperature, making this the best time to visit.

Weather & Climate in Monrovia

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 22°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 24°C
High °C 32°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 29°C 28°C 27°C 28°C 30°C 31°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 41 60 97 160 389 889 856 483 712 538 208 107


Monrovia is the capital of Liberia, with a vibrant environment as well as warm and friendly citizens. Thanks to this, the city has overcome its turbulent history to become a developing tourist destination.

Spend some time at the Liberian National Museum, where you can discover the city and country’s heritage, history and culture. The museum includes artefacts, important documents, and a gallery showcasing local modern art. Outside the museum, a craft shop sells souvenirs, with more at the Touba Art Centre and the Waterside Market. Browse through an array of local jewellery, textiles, home décor and musical instruments.

Monkey Island, outside the city, is an excellent day trip destination, with six small islands, home to six chimpanzee groups. Let Travelstart help you have a memorable holiday experience.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do need a Visa to enter Monrovia. Make sure you have enough time for Visa processing, and that your passport will be valid for six months after your return date, and that you have two blank pages available for entry stamps.

South African Embassy to Liberia

Address: Sophie Road, House No. 5, Congo Town, Monrovia

Health & Safety

There was previously a Zika outbreak in Liberia. While the risk to travellers is low, pregnant women should consult with their doctor before travelling to Monrovia, and take all the necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites, including mosquito repellents and long-sleeve clothing and pants in the evening.

Routine vaccines you need to get before departing include your yearly flu shot, measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, chickenpox vaccine and polio vaccine. Make sure to get these vaccinations 4-6 weeks before you depart.

Monrovia has a high crime rate. Stay safe by practising safe conduct. Refrain from walking alone, especially at night. Keep your doors to your accommodation locked at all times. Always keep your valuables out of sight.

Cost of Living

Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 130.78
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 26.16
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 47.95

Where to stay?

A variety of credible hotels are situated along the coast of Monrovia. Among the most popular are The Royal Grand Hotel, The Cape Hotel, Mamba Point Hotel and Bella Casas. The average cost you can expect to pay at these establishments ranges from R 2000 to R 5000.

Get Around

There are plenty of taxis around Monrovia, a cheap option for travelling around, but rumours have associated them with robberies and pickpocketing. Make sure to hire a taxi just for yourself and never take a shared taxi.

Main attractions in Monrovia

Liberian National Museum

Liberian National Museum

Golden Beach Restaurant

Golden Beach Restaurant

Waterside Market

Waterside Market

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