As many business owners in and outside of Liberia hold on to their capital amid uncertainty in Liberia’s investment potential, the newly opened Mountain Dew Lodge in Nimba County attempts to convince otherwise.
Owned by Liberian business developer and CEO of Business Link Microfinance Incorporated, Edwina D. Vakun, Mountain Dew Lodge aims to promote tourism in Ganta, and inspire more development in Nimba County.
Although the Liberian private sector is still in grave need of expansion, especially in regard to Liberian-owned businesses, Vakun is one of the few people who has exhibited great trust and personal investment in its gradual growth.
Why Visit Ganta, Nimba County
Being a major transit point between Liberia, Guinea and the Ivory Coast, Ganta, Nimba County continues to gradually shape itself as the trading capital of Liberia. Since the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led government paved the road leading from the nation’s capital, Monrovia, to Ganta, people can now travel to the city smoothly within 3 hours maximum.
Hailed as Liberia’s city that never sleeps, Ganta is a perfect destination for those in search of a intense nightlife experience, with a wide range of options available. In addition, Ganta is a great city to visit for business owners interested in trading commodities, and expanding services to other African countries with whom Liberia shares a border.
Likewise, on the way to Ganta sits popular Liberian destinations like Kakata city, Gbarnga city, and the Kpatawee Waterfalls. After passing those active cities and beautiful natural landscapes on the way, Nimba itself has a few attractions of its own. One of those attractions popular with tourists and environmentalists is Mount Nimba.
Sitting at the peak of Yekepa, Nimba County, just 45 minutes’ drive from Ganta, Mount Nimba is a nature reserve that is home to species of elephants, baboons, etc. It is a green-covered landmark with a pristine blue lake in the middle, offering visitors an unforgettable view and experience. It is often said that Nimbaians gather their strength from the mountain, hence the origin of the name, Mountain Dew Lodge.
Why Mountain Dew Lodge
Having visited many hotels, guest houses, and lodges in rural Liberia, the comforts offered by Mountain Dew Lodge, for the available rates remains unbeatable. For just USD60 per night, guests are granted access to a clean and comfortable 1-bedroom apartment of their own, with optimum privacy and security. In each apartment, there is a living room with cable television, functioning air condition, and a view of the balcony.
Also, in each apartment, is a fully functional kitchen, equipped with a stove, refrigerator, kitchen utensils, and bar area. Along with that, each apartment has its own bathroom with a powerful standing shower. Additionally, in the bedroom lies a comfortable bed, with access to a balcony that offers a sensational view of the road, or the some of Ganta’s lush green forests.
As it is owned by a self-made Liberian woman and product of Nimba County, Mountain Dew Lodge is a place Nimbains and all Liberians can be proud of.
While it can be agreed that the current state of Liberia’s economic and political environment is a deterring factor to both homegrown and foreign investors, the owner of Mountain Dew Lodge urges all those who can, to take the leap of faith and begin investing into Liberia’s private sector.
As a business developer who has lived and worked in Liberia all her life, Vakun trusts in her investment into Nimba, and into Liberia, and encourages others to do the same. Liberians cannot continue to take the backseat, while others develop Liberia for them. As such, it is important that financially abled Liberians take charge and show trust and faith in the country and its operating environment by leading the way for investment.