Tourist Places to Visit in Buchanan, Grand Bassa, Liberia, Africa

Tourist Places to Visit in Buchanan, Grand Bassa, Liberia, Africa

Buchanan is a city located in the Grand Bassa County in the African country Liberia. It is the 3rd largest city of Liberia in terms of population, located on Waterhouse Bay at an altitude of 77 meters. Buchanan functions as the seat of Grand Bassa County and is situated around 110 km southeast of the national capital Monrovia. As Buchanan lies on the Atlantic Ocean, fishing and tourism play as the pillars of Buchanan’s economy. Geographically, Buchanan coordinates with 05°52′51″ N latitude and 10°02′48″ W longitude.


History of Buchanan:

The history of Buchanan begins with its foundation as a colony with name Port Cresson colony, by black Quakers of US, in 1832. Buchanan got its name from Liberia’s first governor, Thomas Buchanan, who was also noted as the cousin of then U.S. president James Buchanan, in the 19th century.


How to reach Buchanan?

Buchanan has an airport but there is currently not flight serving airport. The major nearest airport to Buchanan is Roberts International Airport, the most important airport of Liberia. This airport covers many world cities including London, Brussels, Casablanca and New York.

There is also direct road connectivity between Buchanan and Buchanan, served by buses and minibuses. Taxis and rental cars are commonly used for local travel in Buchanan. Advance booking of rental cars also be done in Buchanan.


Food and Shopping in Buchanan:

As a beach destination, Buchanan houses many seafood restaurants with a variety of Western and African menus. Buchanan also houses numerous modernized shops with both local specialties and branded products.


Things to do in Buchanan:

  • Beach exploration
  • Traditional shopping
  • Walking tour


Places of interest in Buchanan:


Saint John River:

The Saint John River originates in Guinea Highlands and flows through Liberia and merges into the Atlantic Ocean near Buchanan city. The riverbank of Saint John near Buchanan is famous spot among tourists, especially sea creature enthusiasts and bird lovers. Some major fish species include Chrysichthys johnelsi, Killifish, Electric catfish and Nile perch. Sandpipers, Greenshanks, Little Ringed Plover and Three-cusped Pangolin are some bird species found on the river bank.


Beaches of Buchanan:

Beaches of Buchanan are hidden gems covered their beauties in isolated areas, but if visitors put an effort in finding them they will surely taste the beauty of hidden gems. Taking help of locals would be easy for the exploration of beaches.


Buchanan Airport:

Located around 3 km away from the heart of Buchanan city, the Buchanan Airport is currently a nonfunctioning airport, though it draws visitors in larger number as one of the major landmarks of the city. It can make walking tour of airport accessing or hire rental car for comfort.


List of other places of interest in and around Buchanan include:

  • Kpa-Tawe Waterfalls
  • Gertylue Floral Park
  • Beaches of Monrovia
  • The Kendeja Cultural Center
  • Liberian National Museum
  • Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
  • Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex
  • Lofa-Mano National Park
  • Liberia’s Centennial Pavilion
  • Sky Bar Entertainment Center
  • Beaches of Harper
  • Tubman University
  • Firestone Natural Rubber Company
  • Booker Washington Institute in Kakata
  • Monkey Island



Best time to visit Buchanan:

Due to the presence of many spectacular beaches, most tourists visiting Buchanan prefer drier months between December and March to tour Buchanan in Liberia.


Hotels in and around Buchanan:

Sparks Hotel is a recommended hotel to have healthy hospitality services for visitors who have plan to visit Buchanan. Some major facilities provided by Sparks Hotel include bar/restaurant, 24 hour AC, breakfast and hot water bath. One can also consider hotels listed below, in Monrovia (around 110 km) for more standard accommodation options:

  • Bella Casa Hotel & Suites
  • El Meson Hotel
  • Mokos Bed and Breakfast
  • Krystal Oceanview Hotel
  • RLJ Kendeja Resort & Villas
  • Atlantis Beach Hotel
  • Royal Grand Hotel
  • Tilda Guest House
  • Mamba Point Hotel
  • The Cape Hotel
  • Liberia Golden Gate Hotel
  • GMJ Hotel
  • Golden Key Hotel
  • Hotel Provident
  • Palm Spring Resort

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