From Côte d'Ivoire, what do we know? That its inhabitants are called "Ivorians" and that the elephant is the emblematic animal. And then what? Not much else. Many even hesitate about the name of its capital. A tourist guide on Côte d'Ivoire will endeavour to show that it is anything but an ordinary destination and that it has many assets. From lagoons to dense primary forests, from the savannah to the misty mountains in the west of the country, she holds an invaluable wealth in her hands. The Camoée National Park, where elephants can be seen, is the symbol of this. Côte d'Ivoire is also home to vibrant and tumultuous cities such as Abidjan, a former colonial city and cultural capital, a more discreet administrative Yamoussoukro, capital, Grand-Bassam and its colonial district. Today, between the past and hope, Ivorians are advancing slowly, with attention and mistrust. But they will help you to discover their country with kindness...

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When to go to Ivory Coast?

Wondering when to go to Côte d'Ivoire? As in many West African countries, the tourist season extends from December to April (high dry season). Apart from some regional variations, during these 5 months, the climate is dry and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C. From April to July, it is the main rainy season, which sees an increase in temperatures and abundant rainfall; this period is therefore rather to be avoided, as showers, often torrential, make the trails impractical, thus penalizing tourism in some parts of the country (especially in the north and west). The ideal climatic period to undertake a trip therefore remains that which covers the months of December to April; however, the period from July to September, which is more balanced in terms of temperature and precipitation, will be recommended to discover another green and wet face of the Sahelian regions of the country (north, east). At this time of year, the landscapes are indeed of great beauty, because the earth, after the great rainy season, is covered with a mantle of lush vegetation that contrasts sharply with the dusty drought in force the rest of the time.

How to go to Ivory Coast? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many organized trips are available to discover Côte d'Ivoire: discovery of Ivorian nature, observation of elephants and chimpanzees, solidarity trips, ecotourism trips, seaside resorts, combined, 4x4 tours, immersion trips with local populations... The offer is varied!

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You can quite easily go alone to Côte d'Ivoire. It is advisable to book your flight tickets and accommodation in advance. This will make your trip much easier. While Côte d'Ivoire is a safe country overall, remember that it is a relatively poor country where your wealth can attract envy: be vigilant. Being accompanied by a local guide can be useful, especially to "face" the African tracks.

The discovery of the country is mainly done by private vehicle (standard or 4x4) or by public transport (bus, gbaka, bush taxi). Locally, it is also possible to use two-wheelers, ,motorized or not (and still not recommended if we take into account the road conditions and driving habits of many Ivorians), the pinnace, the pirogue, or simply its small petons.

Public transport is generally to be avoided: punctuality and safety are not the key words

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When to travel?

Wondering when to go to Côte d'Ivoire? As in many West African countries, the tourist season extends from December t...
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Weather forecast

Côte d'Ivoire can be divided into two main climatic zones:

The south, with an equatorial climate, is ve...
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Budget

The currency is the West African franc (FCFA). It is better to know, the lack of money is a real plague in Côte d'Iv...
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Formalities

In addition to a passport that is still valid for a minimum period of six months after the date of return, a...
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Health

Without being alarmist, we must be vigilant in Senegal. It is necessary to plan a treatment against malaria, to be va...
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How to travel by yourself?

You can quite easily go alone to Côte d'Ivoire. It is advisable to book your flight tickets and accommodation in adv...
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How to get organized?

Many organized trips are available to discover Côte d'Ivoire: discovery of Ivorian nature, observation of elephants...
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Getting around

The discovery of the country is mainly done by private vehicle (standard or 4x4) or by public transport (bus, gbaka,...
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