Lace up your hiking boots and visit Mount Nimba for incredible views over three West African countries which will be tough to beat. Keep your eyes peeled for an amazing array of wildlife and birdlife, as well as over 100 species of orchid and the African Giant Swallowtail, Africa’s largest butterfly, all of which find sanctuary in this rich, rainforest habitat.
Beyond this rewarding outdoors experience, is an opportunity to learn about the region’s fascinating mining history. In the 60s, Swedish workers of the Liberian American Mining Company, LAMCO, paved the mountain trail. Remnants of their activities remain and are being swallowed up by the surrounding rainforest, but the trail itself provides great opportunities for bikers, hikers and drivers exploring the cliffs and rich biodiversity of this part of the East Nimba Nature Reserve.
As you begin to make your way to the summit, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views sometimes shrouded in mists that engulf the mountain. An unusual spot along the way is the Blue Lake, an old mine pit now converted into a lake with a curious legend. It is said that any metal thrown into this body of water will magically boomerang back to you.