About Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast or cote d’Ivoire is on the west coast of Africa. It is the world’s largest Cocoa producing country. There are around 78 languages spoken here but French is the official language. Abidjan is the economic capital of the country and also the most populated city. It is mostly known for its beaches studded with starfishes and rainforests.

The country is tourist-friendly with visitors staying for less than 91 days not required to have visas. Tourists can enjoy the beaches of the country, Abidjan nightlife and tours to the provinces. The country is an embodiment of tourism in Africa with ancient sites, unique wildlife and desert safaris.

Côte d'Ivoire is a stunner, shingled with starfish-studded sands, palm-tree forests and roads so orange they resemble strips of bronzing powder. 



Ivory Coast has a rich cultural heritage with sixty ethnic groups. These can be divided into four main groups: Akan, Gour, Krou and Mandé. The local communities are very welcoming to tourists. They offer traditional ceremonies, arts, crafts, food and dances so that visitors can discover the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Ivory Coast.


Best time to go

November through March is the best time to visit the Ivory Coast when temperatures are bearable thanks to the warm and dry season. The parks are also abloom during this time of the year and wildlife is abundant. The Festival of Masks, which is the most popular event in the country, is held in November.


How many days do I need in Ivory Coast?

Start and end in Abidjan! With the In-depth Cultural tour Discover Cote D’Ivoire 7-Days, we recommend you have a 7-day visit to Abidjan, Abengourou, Yamoussoukro and Soubre, on Ivory Coast. 


Things to do in Ivory Coast

Traveling between cities in Côte d’Ivoire is generally pleasant, the roads are in usually excellent shape, and the bus system is relatively new. Traveling in Abidjan is more enjoyable when you have your own car. Except for a few cab drivers who steer anywhere on the road, the roads are in excellent condition and traffic laws are strictly adhered to. In Abidjan, taxis are a wonderful and convenient method to get about. Simply search for an orange vehicle and wave it down. The fares are extremely reasonable.


Getting around Ivory Coast

By plane

The Felix-Houphouet-Boigny International Airport offers daily scheduled flights from and to Paris with Air France and Brussels with Brussels Airlines. Flights to other West African cities are also available on a regular basis. 

By bus

Ivorian buses are generally big, modern and comfortable, and each bus company has its own bus station. Moreover, other bus stations have been built near the highways. Each major Ivorian city has at least one bus company that can take you to Abidjan, the capital city, daily.

By Taxi

Each major Ivorian city's taxi network has its own features. For instance, those of Abidjan and Bouaké are orange in colour while those of Yamoussoukro are white in colour with green and orange stripes.

By Train

Ivory Coast has a single train line which stretches over some 1,200 km. The train network is managed by the (SITARAIL) and links Abidjan to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

The express train is rather clean and fast. However, you are advised to settle for first-class seats which are more comfortable.


Health & Safety

All travellers must have a PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate issued by a recognised facility within 48 hours from the date of departure, in line with WHO guidelines. Yellow fever and Malaria vaccination certificate is required from travellers from risk areas. Furthermore, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you are away.

Interesting places to visit in Ivory Coast


Named as the ‘The Paris of West Africa’ , the city of Abidjan itself has a lot to explore. It is among the best cities of Africa, and full of life and colour. Art, beaches, shopping, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs having one of the liveliest night life makes Abidjan even more vibrant.

Explore The National art museum which displays African culture and craftsmanship, shopping at Treichville, boating by the lagoons ,strolling by the beaches and a visit to the famous St Paul’s Cathedral are the activities you shouldn’t be missing.

Basilica Of Our Lady of Peace

Located in the Yamoussoukro city and listed as the World’s Largest Basilica in Guinness World Records, the church was designed by architect Pierre Fakhoury. The basilica is built of marble imported from Italy and furnished with contemporary stained glass. It can accommodate around 18000 devotees.

The design of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace is heavily influenced by the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican City. It is bigger than its European counterpart, making it the largest church in the world.

La Cascade Waterfall

One of the loveliest waterfalls, the path craves through the bamboo forest and coffee plantations, littered with butterflies and dragon flies. The cool and refreshing air will make you experience peace in true sense. In midst of craggy mountains on both the sides, this waterfall is a jewel in the sea.

Being a exploring mountain range for mountaineers these days, La cascade is also a great place to swim except for the dry season which is from July to October.

San Pedro

After Spending your days exploring the country, Don’t forget to head along to the beautiful beaches of San Pedro. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, this town has access to numerous beaches with varying coastline.

Just relax along the beaches with a drink ,walk along the seashore and spending your evening watching the setting sun along the vast coastline. You may also indulge yourself in some water sport activities offered.

Tai National Park

Included by the UNESCO into the Biosphere Reserve Network in and added to the World Heritage List, this park is simply a natural jewel. The park contains the largest area of the primary tropical rainforest of Africa.

The park has a high rate of flora and fauna endemism. Indeed, more than 200 endemic plants to West Africa are found in the park. Moreover, 24 bird species and mammals, such as forest elephants, pangolins, pygmy hippos and Jentink duikers are special to the region.

Responsible Tourism

Join us in supporting small independent businesses which may have struggled for tourism licences, planning permission and, sometimes, to appear on the national tourism marketing campaigns.

Stay at locally owned lodges in out of the way locations; eat out at locally owned restaurants with just a phrasebook and a smile; haggle in the souks and support smaller cottage industries. By travelling differently, you will be changing tourism for better! Be part of our community.