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Welcome to Daloa

Daloa (Haut-Sassandra; Sassandra-Marahoué)

Area: 5,305 km2 (2,048 sq mi)

Elevation: 299 m (981 ft)

District: Sassandra-Marahoué

Region: Haut-Sassandra


Located West of Yamoussoukro, the country's capital; Daloa is a city in the Haut-Sassandra region, western Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). It is the seat of the Sassandra-Marahoué District, home to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Daloa - Cathédrale du Christ-Roi and several Protestant churches.

Also, it is both the seat and a sub-prefecture of the Daloa Department. The city is one of the biggest in the country and is heralded as a local trade centre for rice, cassava, yams, bananas, and cotton and has several sawmills. It is also the chief collecting point for a forest region that sends coffee, cocoa, kola nuts, and timber (sipo) to the coast for export.

Ebony and ivory sculptures are exhibited at the local craft centre. Daloa is served by Daloa Airport and nearby is the Marahoué Park, a 250,000-acre (101,000-hectare) wildlife reserve.

Information & Facts


French is the official lingua franca. It is the language of business, media, politics and mainstream education. Various vernacular African languages are also spoken, including Baoulé, Anyin, Mandé dialects and Senari.


The West African CFA franc (CFA/XOF) is the official legal tender of Ivory Coast as well as seven other independent states in West Africa - Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Sénégal and Togo. Nominally, the franc is subdivided into 100 centimes and the currency (coins and banknotes) is regulated by Central Bank of West A