The Poro and Sande societies exist across Sierra Leone and parts of Guinea as well, but here in remote forest clearings they feel all pervading, particularly when you see a fully enrobed 'devil' moving through a village as dusk falls.
Liberia has taken a battering from the civil war and Elbola outbreak but with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the first female to lead the country, there is relative political stability.
Liberia is noted for dangerous rip tides. Once in the water the shore was suddenly very far away. Rip tides are narrow currents so swimming parallel to the shore is the quickest way to get out of the flow.
Security has improved greatly, but the infrastructure is still limited in Monrovia and minimal elsewhere. The hinterland of Liberia is a journey into an Africa that much of the continent lost a long time ago.