Abidjan Travel Guide

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Abidjan Things to Do

  • Boat Trips

    You can rent a boat to see the channels and the port .You can even watch the opera under construction .Dont forget to bargain a little if you want a private boat.

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  • Explore Abidjan

    Abidjan is a spread out city made up of a handfull of 'districts" There is not alot to do here but a good place to start a walk (probably the only place) is Le Plateau. I would start at Laza De la Republique and head into the Tourist Information center in the Air Ivoire Building. From there walk up Blvd De la Republique. You will pass the flea...

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  • St. Paul Cathedral

    Abidjan is not a tourist meca, but there are a couple sites to visit on a bored Saturday while in the city. St. Paul Cathedral is one of them. This modern imposing Cathedral is one of the major landmarks in Abidjan. Built in honor of the Pope in 1985, the architecture is meant to symbolize the form of Jesus, though with hints of elephant tusks --...

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Abidjan Restaurants

  • Great Vietnamese food

    We were supposed to go to a cheaper Indian place closer to our hotel but Kim did not read the map properly so we ended up in the upscale part of Abidjan called Les Deux Plateaux.There were plenty of other places from pizza joints to Chinese...some had UN trucks out front which means it is probably good and cheap. Had a good seafood soup for a...

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  • Cheap eats in Treichville

    THis place is a 10 min walk up from the Tachie menson Lodge (STC bus station). It is a cheap, clean and great little Lebanese place with friendly owners. It seems to be popular with the locals and a fills up around lunch time. Keep in mind it is in the cneter or Treichville so if there are problems in Abidjan all the steel gating on the place is...

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Abidjan Nightlife

  • Sleazy

    Wow. One-to-one patron to prostitute ratio. This place is sleazy, relatively expensive, far from the city center (edge of Zone Four) and leaves you with a different sense of humanity after viewing the disgusting spectacle inside.Popular with wealthier Ivorians on Friday and Saturday nights, Saint Germain is an unfortunately typical west African...

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  • Campsite and bar at the ocean

    When we were in Abidjan, we spent our evenings at the lovely campsite at the ocean east of Abidjan. It was a safe and relaxed place. The campsite was run by two French brothers, Jean and Jeannot. In the evening we sat at the campsite or at the stairs down to the beach to look at the sunset or we drunk our beers in the campingbar and chatted with...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Abidjan Transportation

  • Gare De Ghana (STC)

    Plane travel in Africa is not cheap. We looked at a plane ticket back to Accra from Abidjan and were quoted around $250. It was cheaper to suffer on the bus. It cost us around 30,000 CFA to get back to Accra. Bus is supposed to leave at 09:30 but STC buses seldom leave on time.Heading out here from Accra we bought tickets the day of. Heading home...

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  • Gare de Bassam

    The Gare de Bassam is right in the middle of Treichville. Rather than take cab to Grand Bassam 30 USD or whatever we paid you can go via public bus. The ride is about 45 min and the buses leave every 40 min to an hour during the day but check in advance and the cost is less than .50 cents. There are also shared vans cars going south. The bus was...

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  • Punctual and safe

    There’re several bus stations (gare routière) spread around the city, each with its specific destination.Departure times are quite exact and the drivers aren’t F1 pilots.

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Abidjan Shopping

  • Local flea market

    This is a giant flea market near Blvd de Republic in Le Plateau. If you are looking for music or western movies then this is your place. The Africans are big on the local Viagra which is well represented here...I got a kick out of watching Kim's reaction to it. If you are wandering around Le Plateau then this place is worth a look. Couple of...

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  • Wood carvings

    You will find wood carvers everywhere starting at a very early age, I found the carvings of the French ,complete with big noses and pith helmets very appealling I don't know todays prices, but remember these poeple have been ravaged by civil war so give genorously

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Abidjan Local Customs

  • Market in Treichville

    Local people use to go to the markets in Treichville in order to buy fresh fruits vegetables even the hot peppers

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  • Fishing the lagoons

    Fishing plays a big part in the lifes of a lot of the people who live around the lagoon, some of the villages are cut off by road during the rainy season and rely on the boats from Abidjan trading comodities in exchange for fish

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  • The fruit here is just...

    The fruit here is just amazing. Seeing mountains of pineapples can only take your breath away. Try any of the local banana based dishes (fried banana chips or mashed plantain). Also try the red drink in the plastic bag that is being sold at every street corner. Eat lots of fresh fruit while you are here - mangos, pineapples and bananas were my...

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Abidjan Warnings and Dangers

  • Treichville

    Most of the guide books will tell you to stay alert here and avoid or be cautious on the bridges that head into Le Plateau as they had guards around them and were a great place to get robbed. This was not the case recently we drove over and back during rush hour in the evening and again during the day...no issues.Keep in mind that this could change...

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  • Smog

    Coming from LA smog is smog but here it is bad. I have never sneezed so much in my life. The pic below is no fake. We came back to town from Grand Bassam and the air was black in front of us at 07:00 from all the diesel exhaust. Emission controls are just not a priority here sadly

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  • Police/Military Checkpoints

    After dark, the police and military set up roadblocks throughout the city. They stop virtually all vehicles and "inspect" them before asking for money. Typically one can politely refuse, but it is strongly reccomended to comply with reasonable demands for money if any tension is felt. Never provide the military with your passport unless...

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Abidjan Tourist Traps

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    by Wafro Written Dec 3, 2011

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    The Ebrie lagoon stretches about 100 km’s parallel with the coastline it isn’t the same as it used to be. Completely polluted by the city sewers and constantly used as public toilets. The lagoon is completely wasted, e few years ago a chemical tanker cleaned and dumped its contents in the lagoon, several people were killed and many more became ill.

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Abidjan What to Pack

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    by evliyasems Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Business Travel

    Miscellaneous: Tips

    Bring as many French francs in cash with you as possible as it is not so easy changing traveller's cheques unless you have the receipts for them with you, and the cash machines do not always work.

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Abidjan Off The Beaten Path

  • Any Ideas?

    I must admit i left this one to last, i visited one evening it had traditional dancing and these stilt villas which could be rented out, it was a rather nice location on the Lagoon, and would have been a good place to stay, Prehaps someone knows where this is?I've added three photos to assist identification

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  • Fishing villages

    There are a number of small fishing communities dotted along the lagoons,and the locals will make you very welcome

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  • Road side souvenirs

    On the road between Abidjan and Grand Bassam you come across loads of stalls the wood carvings depicting the Colonial french are very good value, I just hope the tourists come back one day

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Abidjan Sports & Outdoors

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    by Pete.Gibson Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Bowling at the Intercontinetal Was like stepping back to the 60s the equipment was that old but as a bowler it was great fun

    Equipment: Bring your own balls!!!!

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Abidjan Favorites

  • Tourist Information office

    Abidjan has a tourist information office in Le Plateau. It is located on the ground floor of the Air Ivoire Office in the Plaza De la Rebublique. It is not much but they speak english here and can give you ideas for the city that may not be in your guide book or for checking out other parts of the country..they are very friendly in here and it is...

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  • Sunsets and Super people

    I would take a car and a driver and head up country,There you will meet the real people with their customs and simple way of living Sitting watching the amazing sunsets

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  • African Urbanology

    If you're on a business trip, be sure to get away from Le Plateau to see some of the grittier/edgier side of the city, to sense what life is like for the majority of the inhabitants of this African metropolis. For me, there were many aspects of life there that to me resembled those of other large, poor cities that I have visited.

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