Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city, is a palm tree-lined city against the ocean, in contrast to the mountains in the north-east, mangroves, swamps, rainforests and rolling plains, offering the perfect holiday for anyone who likes to do more than just sit on the beach. The wildlife is highly important here, with Liberia playing host to the last remaining groups of several species, including leopards, western chimpanzees and forest elephants. Sapo National Park is the place to be for pygmy hippos, antelopes, chimps, and a variety of other wildlife, and the Liberia National Museum is well worth a visit for photographic and art exhibitions, as well as the historical exhibits. City Hall and the Catholic Cathedral will satisfy any architecture fans, and visit the Waterside Market for a fantastic shopping experience. Liberia is known for textiles and quilting, so look out for gifts to take home. Sample the local dishes of cassava, plantains, okra, and heavy stews, which you might find too spicy with the addition of scotch bonnet chillies.