Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire
November 17, 2014 Miriam Chiazor

Welcome to Côte d’Ivoire

The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is sited on the south coast of West Africa, bordered to the north by Mali, Burkina Faso to the east, Ghana to the south and Liberia and Guinea to the west. Apart from the prolonged Guinea highlands in the northwest, with peaks rising to above 4000 ft, the land of Côte d’Ivoire contains plateau in most part, and tilts gently towards the Atlantic Ocean.

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.





Destinations in Côte d’Ivoire

  • Abidjan

    Situated on the Ébrié Lagoon with several peninsulas linked by bridges, the city...

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  • Untapped


    Bouaké is a tourist delight with a beautiful recreational park and lots of relics to to capture the imagination.

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    Grand Bassam

    In 2012, Grand Bassam was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to the historical...

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Quick facts

  • Official name
    Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
  • Location
    Republic of Côte d'Ivoire is located in the western part of Africa. It borders Ghana and Burkina Faso to the east, Guinea and Liberia to the west, the Atlantic Ocean and Mali to the north. This almost landlocked country is bordered by Gulf of Guinea to the south
  • Government
    Presidential system, Republic
  • Dialing code
  • Climate weather
    Equatorial tropical
  • Population
    77,433,744 on 2,267,048 km²
  • Official language
  • Other major languages
    Baoule, Anyin, Attie, Dan, Bete
  • Currency
    West African CFA Franc (XOF)
  • Foreign currencies accepted
    EUR (€)
  • Entry requirements
    Visa (takes less than 7 days to process); Yellow Fever certificate is required on arrival from all travelers over one year of age. (For more information, visit www.tourismeci.org).