Ivory Coast, a country of striking contrasts, Yamoussoukro, the capital, is a typical market town that offers both unique architectural landmarks like the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix. Yet also boasts a sprawling countryside that lends itself to beautiful jungles. The old capital of Abidjan is a bustling commercial district known not only for its modern and fast-paced way of life, but for its iconic buildings and must-see museums. Outside the major cities, you will find forested mountains (such as the ones surrounding the quaint town of Man), as well as beautiful beaches such as Grand Bassam and the shore town of Assouinde. The Ivory Coast is also home to some of the last remaining virgin forests in the region like the primeval Comoe National Park, the beautifully-preserved Banco National Park and Abokouamekro Game Reserve.
Excursions in Ivory Coast
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About Ivory Coast
In the early 1600s Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to reach the coast; they initiated trade in gold, ivory and pepper. The first French contact came in 1637 -- along with the first missionaries. In 1904 Côte d'Ivoire became part of the Federation of French West Africa (Afrique Occidentale Française) and run as an overseas territory by the Third Republic. The region transferred from Vichy to Free French control in 1943, under the command of Charles de Gaulle. Around the same time the first indigenous political group was formed.. On 7 August 1960, Côte d'Ivoire gained independence and Houphouet-Boigny became its first president. Population was estimated at 19,839,750 in 2012. More than sixty indigenous ethnic groups are often cited, although this number may be reduced to seven clusters of ethnic groups, by classifying small units together on the basis of their cultural and historical characteristics, These may be further reduced to four major cultural regions - the East Atlantic (primarily Akan), West Atlantic (primarily Kru), Voltaic, and Mande - differentiated in terms of environment, economic activity, language, and overall cultural characteristics. In the southern half of the country, the East Atlantic and West Atlantic cultures, separated by the Bandama River, each make up almost one-third of the indigenous population.
Best time to visit
Due to intermittent rainy seasons, November to March is the best times to book flights to the Ivory Coast. May to November are the least popular times that people book flights to the Ivory Coast, however because it is less common, it’s also a great time to find deals. The year round climate of the Ivory Coast is mildly hot and humid. Temperatures range from 76 to 83 degrees fahrenheight.
Flights to Ivory Coast include: Air France, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, TunisAir & SN Brussels.