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Welcome to Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Population: 23.3 million

Official Language: French

Currency: West African CFA Franc

Driving side: right

Calling code: +225

Time zone: GMT (UTC+0)

The West African country has recovered from its recent civil war and its vast attractions are open to be explored by tourists. Ivory Coast has everything in abundace, from;pristine rainforests, lovely cuisine, nice and ever smiling people, wonderful landscape and vast churches and mosques.

Tourists will immediately get hooked by the true beauty that the commercial capital- Abidjan has on offer. The commercial district is filled with highrising buildings, therefore, its dubbed the 'Manhattan of Africa'. Since Abidjan is the gateway by which most travellers enter Ivory Coast, its easy to see the French influence on the modern city. The restaurants are equally fantastic and you can try out one of the local delicacies- trust you wont be disappointed.

The official capital city- Yamoussoukro, is an equally beautiful city to visit. It hosts the largest church in the world- The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace and also vast mosques. Foodball is a culture here and its a joy to watch the Ivorian National team play. The atmosphere is entertaining and memorable for sports fans.

The country also boasts of many national parks like the Comoé, the largest protected area in West Africa, which boasts the most biodiverse savannah in the world. Here you will see anything from lions and leopards to aardvarks and African elephants.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

Located in Yamoussoukro, it holds the record of being the largest church in the world. It was modeled after the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome, whose size it intentionally surpassed. The nave is big enough to seat 7, 000 people and with standing room for an additional 11, 000 people.

Comoe National Park

Comoe is the largest and oldest national park in Côte d'Ivoire. Here you can witness lions, waterbucks, hippos and other animals roam about in their natural habitat.

Assouinde and Grand Bassam Beach Resorts

Both resorts add to the excuisite beauty of coastal country. The pristine and sandy beaches offer lots of activities for a weekend of fun for tourists and the inhabitants of Abidjan.

La Cascade Waterfall

The waterfall is a pretty awesome sight to behold. Crashing into a bamboo forest, the falls are easily accessed via a paved walkway which offers a truly magnificent walk through the forests. The neighbouring villages of Biankouma and Gouessesso offer hikers a feel of the rural inhabitants of Ivory Coast. They are naturally kind and friendly, so expect to get a warm welcome here.

Business

If you are thinking of doing business in Ivory Coast, note that French is the language for business- English speakers need not to worry as translators are widely available. Make sure you are punctual if you are attending any meeting.

Office hours include: Monday to Friday 0730 - 1200 and 1430 - 1800 while Saturdays 0800-1200.

Ivory Coast's main exports include cocoa, coffee, timber, rubber, cotton, palm oil, pineapples and bananas. While its main imports are food, consumer and capital goods.

Communications

There are mobile phone networks available in Ivory Coast and they have roaming agreements with international mobile operators. The country's internet connectivity is also very dependable. Many internet cafe's offer internet service in major cities in the country.

 

Language

While French remains the official language of Ivory Coast, the local languages include Yacouba, Senoufo, Baoulé, Betie, Attie, Agni and Dioula (the market language).

Money

CFA (Communauté Financière Africaine) Franc (XOF) is the currency for trasaction. It comes in denominations of XOF10, 000, 5, 000, 2, 000, 1, 000 and 500. Credit cards are widely accepted.

If you are looking to exchange currencies, they can be exchanged at the airport as well as at main banks and hotels.

Time

The timezone is GMT

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