Abidjan, Ivory Coast is not one of the first countries that comes to mind when thinking about a trip to Africa. Nonetheless, anyone visits will be able to see a beautiful and interesting country populated by quite pleasant people.
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) constitutes one of the West African continent’s most industrialised nations, generating more than half of the the globe’s beans for cocoa.
Yamoussoukro is its political capital, and Abidjan is its largest and economic capital. Abidjan is as the “Manhattan of Africa” because of its tall skyscrapers and sophisticated vibe in the Plateau sector.
After several years under French administration, Ivory Coast attained independence in 1960. As a result, as one might expect, the spoken language is French (which makes things difficult for a non-french speaker like me…). But, the French impact extends well beyond language (food, manners, politics, and so on).
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Because we enjoy exploring outdoor activities, I’ve decided to dedicate this piece to our favourite outdoor attractions in Abidjan and its surrounds. These recreational facilities are also suitable for families with kids.
1) Domaine Bini
Domaine Bini, a plantation with abundant vegetation and primary forest, cocoa plants, rubber trees, papayas, and much more, is less than an hour’s drive from Abidjan on the North Highway. The core concept of this location is eco-tourism. This refers to a location where individuals can recharge their batteries and reconnect with nature through sporting and recreational activities. A day at Domaine Bini consists of three parts, the first of which is contemplation of nature.
2) Banco National Park
A true reservoir and “green lung” that oxygenates the centre of Abidjan’s enormous city. The Banco National Park, located in the heart of the city, spans 3,474 hectares of tropical forest. The river that runs through this park gave it its name. Despite the pollution, the river is still used for religious and mystical events since its water is said to be holy. Although it was once dangerous to enter the forest, the main danger today is becoming lost in the woodland paths of this huge green retreat. It is best to get an interpreter at the entrance, and you can walk for up to three hours. Remember for bringing bug repellant!
We adore this charming craft centre. CAVA is in the heart of Abidjan and sells various authentic items such as batiks, Korhogo’s canvases, loincloths, bronze statues, diamonds, paintings, and more. There are also some fantastic pieces from Ghana, Mali, and Nigeria. Each vendor has a speciality, and you can even observe some artisans at work. The location is pleasant, but you should go with time and patience because vendors will stop you to “take a look.” Needless to say, price haggling is essential.
Kafolo is set in a tropical botanical park on the outskirts of the lagoon; this lovely resort is home to a diverse range of flora and animals, some of which roam the grounds. Canoeing, petanque, a rope course, and other activities are available on the property. On the lagoon, there is a great restaurant with tasty local food and an excellent environment.
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5) Grand Bassam
Grand Bassam is about a half-hour drive from Abidjan and was before the capital of French colonial power. The city had been following the outbreak of a yellow fever pandemic. Today, you can see the colonialist houses as they were when they were abandoned, as if time had stopped. Grand Bassam was a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. Today, Grand Bassam and its surroundings are home to a plethora of resorts and eateries.
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