Cote d'Ivioire famously called a cease-fire to its civil war so its people could watch its national team play in the 2006 World Cup. The war still continues, but the people in this West Africa nation still make this an enjoyable place to visit despite the violence. The U.S. State Department still recommends that you postpone non-essential travel, but they are easily intimidated by things like guns and danger to civilians.

What to do

Although we're not recommending trying to dodge the violence and the toxic waste spills, if you do go, there are three world-class national parks in Cote d'Ivoire. Tai and Comoe National Parks are both UNESCO World Heritage sights, as is the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve. In all three you'll find African wildlife and nature beyond what you'll find on most safaris.

Getting there

Flights from Paris and Amsterdam serve the Felix-Houphouet Boigny International Airport, which is now considered a modern facility. There are also international flights from around Africa. Travel by car is discouraged through the northern areas or crossing any border other than Ghana as they are currently disputed territories.

Where to stay

Foreign travelers should stay in one of the more expensive hotels as they are safer than a local home. They can be expensive, but the extra expense should be viewed as a security cost.