Ivory Coast Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Ivory Coast

Where is it?: Cote d’Ivoire sits in western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean between Ghana and Liberia

Why do people go here?: Another west Africa country that offers huge potential but isn’t safe because of a 1999 military coup, which has resulted in fighting. Cote d’Ivoire is said to be one of the best West Africa countries for festivals and culture.

What are the main entry points?: One of the easiest routes is from Accra, Ghana to the east. There are also regular flights from Europe and surrounding countries.

Currency used: West African Franc

Country Code for Phones: 225

Area codes for Major Cities: No area codes required

Religion: Muslim 38.6%, Christian 32.8%, Indigenous 11.9%,16.7% no religious beliefs

Population: 21 million

Ethnic Breakdown Baule 23%, Bete 18%, Senoufou 15%, Malinke 11%, other African

Government: R epublic

Languages: French, Dioula

Travel Information

Major Cities: Abidjan

Attractions: Man Region, Parc National de Taï

Accommodation: Cote d’Ivoire Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Tourisme Cote D’Ivoire 2424 Massachusetts Ave, N.W. Washington, DC 20008, 202-797-0352

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Parc National de la Comoë

Health Issues: Malaria

Tips for Visiting

When to go: There is consistent rain almost year around. The driests month are November through February

Common Phrases: Hello = Bonjour, How are you? = Comment allez-vous?, Good = Bien or Bon, Yes = Oui, Okay = D’accord or OK, No = Non, Thank you = Merci, Please = S’il vous plaît, Goodbye = Au revoir

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence: August 7, Fete de la Paix: November 15, National Day: December 7, Variable Islamic Holidays

Getting Around: Bus and taxis service most major roads.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Ivory Coast are the Abidjan Airport and Yamoussoukro Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Ivory Coast travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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