Cote D'Ivoire Things to Do

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Cote D'Ivoire Things to Do

  • Musee des civilisations

    Here you find a variety of mask, sculptures, photo’s, tribal information, archaeological artefacts and so on.Open all day from 9h00-12h00/ 15h00-18h00 except on sunday-monday-holidays

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  • Notre Dame de la Paix

    Colossal cathedral rose following Rome Saint Peter Basilica pattern. It has a capacity for 18.000 faithful (plus 300.000 in the external esplanade) and its interior shows African art and motives.Most of the money to erect it (150 millions of US Dollars) was donated by the ex Ivory Coast President Félix Houphouët-Boigny (his funeral was celebrated...

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  • Climbing "Mount Nienokoue"

    You don't have to be a skilled climber to reach the 396 meters high top of "Mount Nienokoue".You'll only need a good physical condition to walk the rough terrain in front of the mountain.Mount Nienokoue is located in the Southern part of Tai National Park, which has been a World Heritage Site since 1982.When you're lucky you'll come across a lot of...

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  • EXTRA Snapshots ~~ABIDJAN~~

    Abidjan is the capital of the Ivory Coast, this cosmopolitan has got more than 3.5 million inhabitants from all over the world.Abidjan can be split up in several districts: CocodyLes Deux PlateauxAdjameLe PlateauMarcoryTreichvilleRivieraPortZone 4The Ebrie lagoon is spread all around the different districts and sometimes you'll have to pass a...

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  • EXTRA Snapshots ~~DJIROUTOU~~

    Tai National Park near Djiroutou is one of the last remaining areas of virgin rainforest in West Africa.You'll see trees up to 50m high, with massive trunks and huge supporting roots.Walking through a primary forest is a unique experience: the towering trees, hanging lianas, swift streams and resident wildlife combine to create a peaceful and, dare...

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  • EXTRA Snapshots ~~GRAND BASSAM~~

    Grand Bassam is now just a nostalgic relic of its heyday as capital of the French colony.Grand Bassam is located 45km east of Abidjan and is cut in two by a lagoon.The narrow strip of land on the sea side, is called Ancien Bassam and the area on the mainland is called Nouveau Bassam.In Grand Bassam you can find a lot of old colonial buildings most...

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  • The Abidjan Skyline

    When you're in the capital of the Ivory Coast you should see the skyline, you'll think this is a Western city when you see the skyscrapers and big buildings.The roof of the cathedral is the ideal place for a perfect view.

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  • San Pedro harbour

    San Pedro harbour is the second largest harbour in the Ivory Coast and located in the South-West of the Ivory Coast.When you're walking from the city centre to the Tai National Park Headquarters you'll come across the 2000 ha. big harbour area.Here they ship containers, cacao, coffee and timber.They also have a fishing harbour and you should ask...

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  • Our Lady of Peace Cathedral,...

    The basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, the "other" capital of Cote d'Ivoire, is worth a visit. Guiness says it's the largest Christian church in the world. While this is not universally accepted, it is quite large ... and quite strange, sitting in the middle of the Ivory Coast as it does.

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  • Detikaha village

    In the north, the landscapes are completely different. No more rainforests, but dry lands. We stopped in Detikaha village, a small village on the road between Bouake and the Mali border. It was a very poor village. The local people invited us friendly in their village, showed us around and invited us to eat and drink with them.

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  • Soubre

    Soubre is a small city in the eastern part of Cote d'Ivoire, situated along the Sassandra river. The town is not mentioned in the Lonely Planet and there aren't really any attractions, though in an African town it is always interesting just to see the people. We stayed in hotel Nawa, run by a Korean; it was the most clean hotel where we stayed...

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  • Laketo village

    This is Laketo village, between Divo and Sassandra. We had to wait here for a few hours for the next bush taxi. The local people were very interested to see the pictures in my West Africa Lonely Planet guide.

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  • Tabou

    Tabou is a town in the far south-west of Cote d'Ivoire, located at the Atlantic coast. It is a place of fishermen. The sea here was too dangerous to swim; the beach was too steep.From Tabou, we wanted to enter Liberia but we didn't succeed. We stayed in hotel La Cotiere, another low-cost place with huts. Airco and water was not working. But the...

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  • Rainforests

    The interior of southern Cote d'Ivoire is characterised by rainforests. We went from Divo, an interior town, to Sassandra at the coast and came across lots of small villages, unseen by tourists. Travelling here means sitting, packed together, in a bush taxi, next to a woman with two chickens on her lap.

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  • Sassandra

    Sassandra is an attractive place to stay; it is located at the delta of the Sassandra river, next to the sea. The thing to do here is to make a trip with a pirogue, searching for hippo's. We didn't find any, just heard one. But in the mangrove trees there were monkeys swinging around and many beautiful birds.We stayed in hotel Chez Tantie Youyou; a...

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  • Abidjan

    Abidjan is the biggest and most important city of Cote d'Ivoire, though not the official capital. We stayed in hotel Konankro, a cheap hotel in the Marcory area. On the other side of the street, there was a pleasant bar where we drank a few Ivorian beers. I just stayed half a day in this city, I met some nice and friendly people which contrasts...

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  • Grand Bassam, French Colonial by the sea

    The resort town of Grand Bassam was really impressive, the French colonial building, most in an advance stage of disrepair were somewhat haunting, yet the locals were friendly and overall I felt safe, the sea was beautiful and the trip was memorable.

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  • Cathedrale St. Paul

    Another gigantic church in this nation. It is a real unusual building with nice stained glass. You can take an elevator to the top of the tower but it will cost you bit. If you are in Abidjan you should check it out from at least the outside.

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  • Religious Mansions

    Behind the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix are two mansions. One is meant for the pope for his visits (I believe he only visited once) and the other is for the 4 priests that work there.

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  • Stained Glass Windows

    The Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix has some 7400 sq metres of it featuring around 5000 different colours. The black guy next to Jesus is the former president and the man responsible of this church. The guy on the left second from the bottom is the architect of the church.

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  • Basilique De Notre Dame De La Paix

    I still remember arriving into Yamoussoukro and the all of a sudden there is this mammoth structure. This is what US$300,000,000 will get you. At the papal's request the cupploa is a bit lower than St. Peter's dome. Marble imported from various European nations. It will take about 2 hours to tour it. Apparantly it was given as a gift to the Vatican...

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  • An Odd Capital

    Yamoussoukro became the capital of Cote d'Ivoire in 1983 because one man decided this. Felix Houphouet-Boigny is the one who led Cote d'Ivoire to independence and became the country's first president. He was born around here and thus decided to make it the capital. It is strange to see a city developed for what seems like millions of people but...

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  • Rope Bridge

    Not exactly a "must see activity" but it is on here because it is right next to la cascade. There is supposed to be a special reason to cross the rope bridge but I cannot think of it. Actually it was kinda of dangerous because some ropes were snapping as I was crossing it. I don't know if it is still there but it is worth crossing if it is in good...

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  • La Cascade

    A nice looking waterfall that is a good place to rest for a bit. I was there in the dry season so the falls weren't as impressive as they are during the rainy season but it still has a nice rock formation. It's in a nice forest and you can climb to the top for some nice views. You can also wade around the pool at the base of the waterfall too.

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  • Tribal Villages

    There are plenty of tribal villages around the area of Man. They are used to tourists so it is usually no problem getting let in. It will cost you a little bit of money but that's no big deal. You will also have someone cook you a meal as well. I'm pretty sure you can have someone hook you up in Man on a tour as well.

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  • La Cite des 18 Montagnes

    I was told that the city of Man was also known as 'la cite des 18 montagnes' (city of 18 mountains) which is certainly true. Who ever decided to have a city at this location knows what he/she is doing, it is a truly photogenic area. It's an excellent place to stroll around and look at all the mask shops that are well stocked. It is also a good base...

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  • South-east of Ivory Coast: forest

    The road from Abidjan to the Ghanaian border looks very green. Most of the time you are driving in the thick rainforest.That's why we couldn't find any place to camp along the road.

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  • Grand Bassam, lagoon

    The Ebrie lagoon divides Gran Bassam in Ancien Bassam (the former French colony) at a small strip at the ocean and Nouveau Bassam at the mainland.

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  • Grand Bassam

    The buildings of the colonial era in Grand Bassam are built between 1894 and 1920. All these buildings are in the old section of the town near the water. It is a pity, but many buildings are in various stages of decay.Some are restored like the governorshouse (now a museum) an the townhall.

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  • St Pauls Cathedral, window

    I entered the cathedral. From the inside I had a look at the the colourfull windows, telling the stories of the bible. And of course the people on the images have black faces.You have to go inside the cathedral to see the brightness of the colours.

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  • Abidjan, St Pauls Cathedral

    St Paul Cathedral in Abidjan is a modern eye-catching cathedral. The cathedral is designed by an Italian architect and consecrated by the pope in 1985.The catheral is open for the public,everyday from 8 am till 7 pm.

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  • Abidjan, St Pauls Cathedral

    Because I had to wait till the Musée National(where you can find art objects as statues, masks, pottery, bronze and ivory) after the lunch break was opened again, I visited in the meantime on my way to the museum this modern cathedral with its futurist shape.It was the St Pauls Cathedral.

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  • Abidjan, ministère de la promotion de la...

    I was surprised to see this building of the '' Minestère of la promotion de la femme" (ministery of the promotion of the women).I was especially curious about what the task of this ministery will be...

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  • Abidjan, mixture of architecture

    Between the modern skyscrapers in the citycentre of Abidjan, you see also buildings of another size and form. These buildings looked more like the buildings, I was used to in the African towns.

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  • Abidjan, city images

    After travelling in the northern areas, in the bush, wherw the local people use of a lot of natural materials and colours, there couldn't be a bigger contrast.At Le Plateau in the centre of Abidjan you see many modern buildings with a lot of glass...

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  • Abidjan, citycentre

    Abidjan is a city of contrasts with two faces.At one hand the areas where the ordinary people live, like in Treichville, with low, traditional buildings . And at the other hand Le Plateau. At Le plateau you can find skyscrapers and other high modern buildings.

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  • Abidjan,at the coast

    After passing the town, we reached at least the ocean at the eastside of Abidjan.Here we found a nice campground with bar and restaurant, where we could put our tents in the shade of the palmtrees.

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  • Kids at the lunchstop

    As everywhere in Cote d´Ivoire there were a lot of kids around. They were very curious about those white people, visiting a bar in their village or town.They were very enthusiastic.

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  • Road to Abidjan, lunchstop

    North of Abidjan we had our last lunchstop at a local bar in a small town before we entered the outskirts of the big city Abidjan. At the bar was not much choice, but we could order bread with omelets, so we did. And it was a delicious meal.

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  • Yamoussoukro, market

    In Yamoussoukro we visited the lifely market, like we found in nearly every town. It was nice to walk around, to buy some vegetables and to get back the African feeling ...

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  • Yamoussoukro, mosque

    In Yamoussoukro there was not only built that enermous baslica, but also, not far from the baslicia, a new very large mosque with imposing minarets. Allthough the mosque had a smaller size than the basilica...

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  • Yamoussoukro, basilica under...

    When we visited Yamoussoukro in 1989 the basilica was still under construction. We liked to visit the basilica and have a look inside, but it was not allowed to come too close or to enter the area.That was a pity !!!

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  • Basilique of the Notre Dame de la Paix

    The most peculiar and spectacular sight in Yamoussoukro is its huge Basilica in the middle of nowhere .... Coming from the north we could see the silhouette of this enormous building allready from far.This picture is taken from the entrance of the presidential palace.

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  • On the road, buying wood

    After our stay in Kafolo we were on the road again, heading south. This time we took the road from Ferkessédougou to Yamoussoukro. At the roadside, on our way to Katiola, we had to buy wood for our brousse-kitchen.

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  • Kafolo, bar

    Opposite the pump in the centre of Kafolo, Marcellin has his bar.During our stay we visited his bar for eating our meals. I liked the African food here more than the food in the lodge a few KMs from the village. And we always enjoyed to chat with Marcellin and his friends at his bar.

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