TOURISM OF COTE D’IVOIRE
Cote d’Ivoire is a true geographical and cultural blend of Africa, with its forests and its savanna and a diversity of ethnic group guardian of a variety of folklores, craft industry and religions.
A satisfactory road network, unique by its density and its quality in the Sub region of West Africa, makes it possible to go everywhere to the meeting of the Ivorian and his culture and to discover the splendid landscapes of the country.
Cote d’Ivoire has a varied range of tourist products, which gives the visitor the opportunity to enjoy to the utmost is stay the way he wishes.
- TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Cote d’Ivoire has nine national parks (Azagny, Comoé, Banco, Taï, Marahoué, Peko, Mont Sangbé, Ehotilé islands, Abokouamékro) which cover an area of 1,730,550 ha, that is nearly 6% of the total surface of the country. These parks are rich in rare species as well as species in process of extinction.
To these parks, it is important to add a group of twenty two (22) natural reserves covering a surface of 538 048 hectares and several classified forests all over the country (reserves of Divo, the Nimba Mount and Lamto).
Other tourist attractions
- The animalist Park of Abokouamékro
Located at 60 km from Yamoussoukro, this park extends on a surface of 21.000 ha. It is of easy access. One can discover there elephants, buffaloes, rhinoceroses.
- The national park of Banco
Located at the heart of Abidjan, in edge of the national northern highway, it is a single example in Africa of forest enclave downtown, with wood species (mahogany tree, avodiré, samba, makoré…). One can also finds there many birds and monkeys. Walking Paths were arranged in this park so for visitors.
- The park of Azagny
Located at 100 km of Abidjan to the mouth of the Bandama river, this park extends on 19,400 ha. The vegetation consists of marshy savannas strewn with palm trees. Elephants, potamachères, buffaloes, monkeys, chimpanzees and several species of birds populate this park. The access by road(the coastal one) is easy and the park has a camping-hotel.
- The national park of Comoé
This park, created in 1968, was initially called Réserve of Bouna because located in the region of Bouna. It is the largest park of West Africa. Its varied fauna, comprises a population of elephants, buffaloes, lions, hippopotamuses, cynocephali and several birds.
Hospitality establishment were raised in the surrounding villages: Kaffolo, Ouangolofitini, Kapkin, Gansé….
- The aquatic park of the Ehotilé islands
This park is located at the boarder of the Aby lagoon, in the area of Adiaké in the south-east of Cote d’Ivoire. It was created in 1974. It is an aquatic park and a scientific site of research. It extends on a surface of 500 ha.
- The Park of Marahoué
This park extends on a surface of 101,000 ha and is located in the region of Bouaflé. The park of Marahoué offers to its visitors an environment of quality and has been planned in a way to ensure a perfect welcome. It has of a reception centre and lodging, several watchtowers, pool of crocodiles, buffaloes, hippopotamuses. One finds there also elephants, cynocephali, bongos.
- The Park of the Mount Pekoe
Famous for its vegetation (flora of mountain and primary forest) and located a few kilometers away from Duékoué, this park which draws its name from the Mount Pekoe culminating more than 1000 m, has a surface of 34,000 ha. It has an important and varied fauna, composed essentially, of elephants, panthers, buffaloes, cephalopods, monkeys, et...
- The Park of the Mount Sangbé
Located at the north of Man and the west of the Sassandra river, between Biankouma and Touba, this park extends on a surface of 95,000 ha. It is located in a mountainous zone (14 mounts of more than 1,000 m of height). It is a particularly rich in quarry and covered park of a very dense flora. Elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and monkeys, constitute the essence of its fauna.
- The Park of Taï
The national park of Taï (350,000 ha) got its name from the city of Taï located close to the western border, in the south of Guiglo and about thirty kilometers in the north of Taboo. Classified as “world heritage “in the program MAB of the United Nations, it contains many essences of quality and also constitutes a famous place of scientific and medical research.
It is populated by several species of animals such as hippopotamuses, cephalopods, zebras, jeuntinks, bongos, elephants, etc...
There is a great facility of lodging in Taï, Guiglo and Soubré.
Yamoussoukro : Native place of Felix HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY, first President of Cote d’Ivoire and, administrative and political capital since 1983, is itself a true tourist pole. The city, is indeed a challenge to time and space with its impressive architecture, its golf, its futuristic Polytechnic institutes, the Basilica “Notre-Dame de la Paix” (superb, generous, breath taking, true world first in its kind by its dimensions and technologies used; a great place of faith and tourism), Hotel the President, the Foundation Felix Houphouet-Boigny for the research of Peace, the lake of crocodiles, etc.
Western areas ( Man and Touba): The visitor has the opportunity of enjoying the softness of a mountainous climate and the charm of luxuriant greenery strewn with cascades above which the fabulous bridge of lianas is suspended which the making remains still unexplained. One can also have the opportunity to witness several traditional dances: “masques des échassiers” literally translated as “water-bird mask dance”, dance of the man-leopards, and many more constitute other living facets of these areas.
The Northern area of Cote d’Ivoire: The savanna of north with an ochre shade is punctuated of small villages with the round boxes, with splendid doors out of carved wooden. It is the area of the harmony, regulated by Poro; long initiation and supplements is done in three 7 years phases each one, that is to say 21 years of initiation. Universally famous, the craft industry sénoufo is rich of its polychrome masks and its potteries.
The Center : At the border of the forest and savanna, this area still shelters at the foot of the Mount Rombo Boka, the old wells from where was extracted the gold which made the prosperity of the baoulé and supported the rise of a very refined craft industry.
The Eastern : With the kingdoms of the Akan and Tanguelan, the school of Fetish.
The Southern : The City of Grand-Bassam, once, capital of Cote d’Ivoire, with its colonial architecture and its splendid beaches.
The South-western : Marvelous falls of Nawa, in the area of Soubré.
- FORMS OF TOURISM
The tourist Ivory Coast offers a varied range of forms of tourism.
- Religious tourism
The Basilica “Notre-Dame de la paix”, the first African Basilica, one of the largest and certainly most sumptuous in the world, is very appreciated by tourists.
The secular mosques of north (Kong, Kawara, Samatiguila) are not only symbols of the faith, but also constitute places of interest of quality. These historic buildings and religious point out important stages of the history of Cote d’Ivoire.
- Balneal tourism
Cote d’Ivoire has nearly 500 km of littoral which beaches are among the most beautiful and the most contrasted of West Africa.
The south-western Coast in particular answers the taste of the tourist at the research of the lost paradises; a world where men, animals and wild Life coexist in an idyllically.
- Thematic or Cultural Tourism
One says that Cote d’Ivoire is the pattern of “Africa” because of large diversity of group ethnic (about sixty) which make its population.
The forms of cultural expression are many, rich and varied: traditional or original architecture, craft industry, dances of all kinds, festivals of the masks and generations, etc… Katana Festival of Korhogo, which is a opportunity to discover the rich and mysterious culture of the sénoufo, Abyssa of Grand-Bassam, festival of masks in the west, to only name few of them...
- Tourism of Congress
Cote d’Ivoire is an excellent congress destination, thanks to its hotel infrastructures of international standing, its modern communication network, its equipment of simultaneous translation in several languages, its high level technological medical infrastructures.
- Sporting Tourism
The golf is practiced in Cote d’Ivoire on two international courses: the “Ivoire golf Club” in Abidjan and the President Golf Club in Yamoussoukro.
Regarding fishing sporting, Cote d’Ivoire has good references. Many world records relating to the capture of Marlin were achieved there.
- BASIC INFRASTRUCTURES AND MODERN EQUIPMENT
Cote d’Ivoire carried out a consequent basic infrastructures to respond effectively to the requirements of various markets:
a road network of 68,000 km of which nearly 6,000 km are tarred ;
638 km of railway crossing the country from south to north;
3 airports of international class (Abidjan-Bouaké-Yamoussoukro);
11 national aerodromes, of which some equipped with tarred tracks and allowing landings at night ;
2 deep water ports: Abidjan and San Pedro;
a telecommunications network covering the great agglomerations of the country.
an electrical supply network covering all the agglomerations with a program of very advanced rural electrification;
a powerful medical plate with many polyclinics of which some are single in the under-area: PISAM, Institute of Cardiology of Abidjan, etc.
the administrative center of Plateau, in full heart of the city of Abidjan... ;