Flights to Bensonville
The small town of Bensonville is north-east of Monrovia, the Liberian capital. There isn’t a lot going on in Bensonville for tourists though it is a busy place for local industry and commerce. Many of the city roads are paved and you can get most basic tourist facilities and accommodations while in town. It’s not a common place for travellers to visit though you may find yourself stopping here if you are heading through Liberia to see the country by car or bus.
The main airport for Liberia is just 24km from Bensonville, and the Spriggs Payne Airport (airport code: MLW) offers several options for a flight to Bensonville when coming from Johannesburg. South African Airways has a flight to Bensonville that travels through Accra, and Air France also stops once but in Paris. Kenya Airways has a 2-stop flight to Bensonville, connecting in Nairobi as well as in Accra. Another 2-stop flight can be booked with Air Namibia, and have stops in Windhoek and Accra.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bensonville:
Liberia is a nation with unique ties to the United States because it was founded by colonies of freed slaves in the 1800s. As such, the national language is English and there is a strong influence of American culture here.
Lofa-Mano National Park
North of Bensonville is the Lofa-Mano National Park, which does extend across the border into Sierra Leone (named the Gola North Forest Reserve in that section). It is a rainforest park that is heavily populated with birds and animals, so you should plan on spending at least one day here if you want to see local African wildlife. In particular, you can see hippos, buffalo, forest elephants, chimpanzees, Colobus monkeys and small woodland antelope called duikers.
Though Monrovia is the capital city, there are not a large number of attractions found there. There is the Liberian National Museum which you should visit, though it is not very large. Restaurants with cuisines from around the world are abundant, and there are many good shopping locations in Monrovia as well. The port area is a fun place for a stroll if you like to see a lot of activity and plenty of boats. And speaking of the water, you can also relax at one of the beaches along the coast.
The Local Market
One place you should see in Bensonville is the market. It’s not large and it mainly offers tables of locally-grown fruits and vegetables rather than crafts or souvenirs.
When Should You Visit?:
Like most of Liberia, Bensonville is hot all year long with a few months of cooler weather. Unfortunately, the coolest months can also be the rainiest and it does rain heavily. June through September will only reach 27C (81F) during the day but it will be very wet for sightseeing then. Warmer months are December through until May when it will generally get to around 30C (86F). If you want to avoid the rain, travel in January or February when it will be hot but dry.