Things to discover in Cote D’ivoire


Be impressed by the capital, Yamoussoukro

Find the city’s dynamic marketplace, the mosque and the palace of the president, as well as the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix. Smaller than St Peter’ s in Rome, it includes a greater place of stained glass than the absolute area of stained glass in France. Yamoussoukro was the birthplace of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. The cathedral was paid for completely out of his own pocket.

Getaway to the shore

About 100km (60 miles) east of Abidjan is the beach resort of Assouinde. Also not far from the city is Grand Bassam, whose sandy shores make the area a favourite weekend getaway for the inhabitants of Abidjan. Notice that in the surrounding coastal resorts and Abidjan, there’s a current that is dangerous deep and swimmers should stay near the coast.

Go Fishing

There’s great coastal and river fishing in Côte d’Ivoire. Reddish carp, mullet, barracuda and sole all can be captured from the coasts of the lagoons. Sea excursions can be organised through travel agencies to get bonito, swordfish and marlin. Teachers and Boats are obtainable in Abidjan, where sailing and waterskiing are also accessible.

Marvel at the glowing lights of Abidjan

The former capital and largest city, Abidjan, comes as a nice surprise to many visitors. The glistening downtown is a place of towering skyscrapers and glowing lights, while the conventional Old Town, Treichville, is home to many pubs, restaurants and clubs, plus the colourful central market. That is the National Museum featuring historic artefacts, in addition to an excellent museum, the Ifon Museum, ivory and statues.

See African wildlife

The oldest and biggest national park in Côte d’Ivoire is Comoë National Park, in the northeast, where lions , waterbucks, hippos and other creatures can be seen frolicking in their natural habitat. The Abokouamekro Game Reserve is among the more accessible parks, about an hour outside Yamoussoukro and is another excellent place for wildlife viewing. Most national parks in Côte d’Ivoire are mostly for visitors without their own vehicles.!

Take a hike

The verdant hills encircling Guy, nicknamed the ‘City of 18 Mountains’, are a delight for hikers. In addition to harbouring some of the last remaining rainforest in Côte d’Ivoire, these towering ranges are also home to Mount Tonkoui, whose 1,223m (4,012feet) peak offers views over Liberia and Guinea. Guides are needed for longer

Tour the states

Take a trip around Côte d’Ivoire. Places worth seeing include Korhogo, the principal city in the north, which is famous for handicrafts and its woodcarving. The former capital of Bingerville, with its idyllic, lagoon-side setting, and the town of Bouaké famous for its crafts, are worth a visit.!

Walk to a waterfall

From Guy you can see La Cascade, a pretty waterfall that crashes into a bamboo woods, 5km (3 miles) from town. The falls are reached via a paved path, which offers a nice walk through the woods. Hikers can expect to get a warm welcome if they take a detour to the hamlets of Gouessesso and Biankouma.

See some stilt dancing

Dancers in Côte d’Ivoire perform unbelievable acrobatics on stilts as part of timehonoured ceremonial dances. Frequently performed at funerals, weddings or the coming of an important man, these rites are performed by kids as young as seven. Visits to stilt dancing performances can be organized from

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