WHY VISIT IVORY COAST
The places of natural beauty and the richness of the primary arts such as music and culture are great reasons to explore Ivory Coast.
The capital, Abidjan, built around the lagoon, is a cosmopolitan city composed of various neighborhoods: The skyscrapers of Plateau, the Treichville market, the Cathedral of St. Paul, and the Park of Banco are some places to see, keep in mind that it’s not advisable to travel alone at night in this city that has an unfortunately violent reputation.
The Comoé National Park is the largest reserve in this part of Africa: Open between December and March, it is home to numerous lions, around a hundred elephants, baboons, leopards, and green monkeys among other animals. Sassandra, to the west of Abidjan, will inevitably seduce you with its fishing village and its wonderful beaches of magical colors.
The town of Man, surrounded by green hills, has a very attractive market and a bamboo grove where there is a famous waterfall that is worth a visit.
Yamoussoukro, the country’s political capital, is a worthy place to visit for its huge basilica, arguably the most important place of Christian worship in the world, there is also the lake of crocodiles surrounding the presidential palace, the latter being fed with chicken every day by the guards at 5 p.m.
WHAT TO SEE IN IVORY COAST
WHEN TO GO TO IVORY COAST
The best period to visit the Ivory Coast is from November to January.
The climate is equatorial in the south, with a rainy season from May to November, and during the rest of the year, there is occasional rain and temperatures of around 30°C with high humidity.
In the north, a less pronounced rainy season finishes in September, followed by a drier season with clear skies and cool nights from November to March.
This season is the best time to discover the country but it is advisable to avoid the period of late January and early February when the harmattan, sand-laden wind from the Sahara, blows and covers everything with yellow dust which seeps into everything.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of the Ivory Coast.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH IVORY COAST
To travel within the country, buses are very comfortable and cheap.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON IVORY COAST
health tips & vaccination: it is strongly advisable to keep your normal vaccines up to date, also add those against yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis B and possibly rabies. Take also a basic first aid kit, protect yourself against mosquitoes and only drink bottled water, avoid raw vegetables.
local currency: CFA Franc
local time zone: GMT+0
electricity: type C and type E (230 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN IVORY COAST
typical food in the Ivory Coast
souvenirs from the Ivory Coast
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