The country served as an economic powerhouse in West Africa from 1960 to 1970. It boasts of a population of over 60 million dwellers. The economy is heavily based on agriculture, with domination of small holder cash-crop. French is the official language in Côte d’Ivoire, and the GDP of the country is estimated at about $48 billion in 2014.
There have been record of European traders in the region as far back as 15th century, but the French strongly penetrated the region in the 19th century. It was incorporated into French West Africa and later gained independence in 1960.
The claim of fame of Côte d’Ivoire is not simply its bubbling and cosmopolitan capital named Abidjan or the smooth roads in this part of Africa, but its rich artistic and historical tradition that merges music with exciting people.
Cote d’Ivoire is among the richest countries in West Africa, with its major boosts coming from minerals and oil as well as other agricultural produce specifically coffee. The country comprises of forests, savannah and grassland habitats covered by various animal species. The most emblematic of all the mammals in the region is elephant, but the country also houses other animals like lions, buffaloes, antelopes, monkeys, and other bed species of a beautiful kind. The national parks of the country showcase diverse of wildlife; starting from the Comoe National Park; one of the largest conservation sites in West Africa, the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve to the Tai National Park, a home to hippopotamus and other animal species.
You can consider visiting this amazing country during December to April when it’s dry. It rains from May to July while there is a short rainy season in October and November. The climate is tense in the North, from May to October.
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