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A West Africa country, Cote D’Ivoire is characteristic of an agriculturally rich nation with close to 20 million French speaking people. Cote D’Ivoire borders Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana among other nations while to the south is the Atlantic Ocean.

Cote D’Ivoire is a great getaway destination although she is widely known for her seasonal political unrest, a factor that keeps international tourists at bay. However, a trip to this nation will be nothing less than thrilling as this country has so much in store, from exquisite natural attractions to her people’s rich culture.

Getting into and around Cote D’Ivoire is facilitated by swift air travel as the country is served by major airlines including Air France, British Airways, Egypt air, Air Burkina and Trans Africa Airlines among others. The Abidjan International Airport and the Yamoussoukro International Airport are the country’s two major airports, busy throughout the year.

Water and road transport to Cote D’Ivoire is also available and mostly used by neighbouring nations. In the capital Yamoussoukro, there are tonnes of interesting things to explore. A sight seeing tour around will lead you to the Palace and Plantations of the President, the town’s famous lively market as well as the Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, all of which are some of the most popular with tourists here. The nation’s second largest city Abidjan has much more to offer too including museums with the Info Museum and the National Museums receiving visitors in large numbers throughout the year.

 

If your dream holiday is somewhere at a sandy beach, the Grand-Bassam coastal town of Cote D’Ivoire is your ultimate destination. She provides a nice getaway from the bustles of the city life. At Assouinde, east of the nation’s capital are breathtaking beach resorts that will grant you an unimaginable relaxation.

There is much more to indulge in, in Cote D’Ivoire including game safaris in some of the nation’s national parks. The Comoe National Park is the largest and oldest national park lying in the northeast of the country. Here, you will have the opportunity to view lions, hippos, zebras and other animals in their natural habitat. If you are more adventurous, you can go on waterskiing, hike in Man, climb Mount Tonkoui or go fishing in the country’s numerous rivers or at the Atlantic Ocean.

In Abidjan, and the nation’s capital Yamoussoukro, you will find all kinds of entertainment from nightclubs, casinos, theatres and bars. The night life here is quite bubbly. Markets are also popular with visitors seeking to get some African regalia that include Ghanian kente cloth, woven cloth, bead necklaces and pottery. You will also get an opportunity to sample Cote D’Ivoire’s cuisine that includes Kedjenou, usually chicken cooked with vegetables and N’voufou, which is prepared from mashed bananas or yam mixed with palm oil.

In the cities and towns however, there are diverse cuisines served in restaurants that have specialised in among others Italian, German, Chinese, French, Caribbean and Lebanese cuisines. The country’s national drink is Bangui, which is local palm wine and there are still other conventional drinks and beverages such as tea, coffee and wine.

Accommodation around Cote D’Ivoire is in plenty and you have the option of lodges in the national parks or hotels in the cities and towns. The hotels range from 5 star to one star. Depending on your pocket, you can choose from the luxurious, medium or cheap accommodation available. When free from upheavals, Cote D’Ivoire makes a perfect holiday destination with so many marvels in store for her visitors.

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