The Ivory Coast is an independent republic, with a democratic government, which lies on the Gulf of Guinea and forms part of the West African region.
During Medieval times, the region that is now Côte d'Ivoire was at the centre of several major African trade routes, linking the empires which then existed in Ghana and Mali. These were initially dominated by the Dioula people. With a mainly flat landscape with a handful of mountain ranges, the Ivory Coast has an amazing climate during the winter time.
Ivory Coast is known for its cocoa production
There are an estimated 65 different languages that are spoken in the country, however, French is the official language.
Abidjan is the former capital of Cote d'Ivorie until 1983, and sometimes is referred to as the “Paris”, of Africa.
'While the political situation in the Ivory Coast has been settled, the rule of law has not fully been re-established in some areas. Travellers to the Ivory Coast should exercise extreme caution. "
Due to the state of health, the immunisation status, location and the local disease situation; cholera, dengue fever, hepatitis A,B and C, malaria, schistosomiasis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, yellow fever and AIDS can occur in the Ivory Coast. Water needs to be boiled before consumption. Meat, fish and vegetables need to be cooked and fruit peeled.
Abidjan is the biggest city in the Ivory Coast ,it has the Parc du Banco on the outskirts of the city, where visitors can experience the rainforest's flaura and fauna. Just near the entrance to the park is Africa's largest open-air laundrette.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace -Yamoussoukro
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (French: Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro) in Yamoussoukro is the largest church in the world. The great basilica was the project of the Catholic former president of the Ivory Coast, who wished it to be a monument to himself.
Man is a small town situated to the west of the central region of Ivory Coast. The town is known as the best area to buy the famous Yacouba masks, as well as beautiful traditional fabrics. Mount Tonikoui towers over the town..
The coastal towns of Assouinde, Assinie and Bassam are famous beach resorts in the Ivory Coast. Assouinde and Assinie are small villages to the east of Abidjan that are home to unspoiled, palm-dotted beaches.
Nationsl Parks in Ivory Coast
Some hiking, usually with local guide, is possible in the rainforests of Tai National Park, in the southwest of the country, and in Maraoue National Park in the west. Other national parks are Comoe in the northeast, and Azagny on the coast down south. Camping is possible in some places, but you must bring your own gear and supplies.