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Ivory Coast is known officially as Côte d'Ivoire. It is a French speaking nation bordering countries like Liberia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali. It is a country with unique tourist destinations that are certain to pique any tourist’s interest.
You must have a visa with a validity period of a minimum six moths. Foreign passengers need to hold a certificate showing proof of yellow fever vaccination. Additionally, tourists should show proof of prior arranged accommodation, onward/return tickets along with all necessary travel documentations to their destinations.
The official language spoken in the country is French. English is ususally spoken in the capital city, but mostly by foreigners. In case you are a traveler who has wants to tour inland Côte d'Ivoire perhaps after you rent a car or through any other travel means, it is critical you learn some French.
Yes, you have to change your currency to the CFA Franc. There are several ATMs in the country, but most of them accept Visa cards only. Credit cards are also accepted, but only in large restaurants and hotels. Most shops require that you to use cash. Banks and some tourist restaurants and hotels accept traveler’s checks.
There are plenty of options when it comes to public transport in Côte d'Ivoire. Trains, buses, taxis and cars are available in plenty. You are going to choose the most convenient travel option for you. Although the country is infamous for insecurity due to the coups it has experienced in the recent past, it does not mean that you cannot rent a car and tour the country in style. Car rental companies that provide tourists with plenty of cheap car hire services are available in plenty in Ivory Coast. Additionally, car rental is cheaper if you would like to tour numerous destinations.
Ivory Coast stands out from the rest of the West African countries due to its modernity. The roads are perfect, meaning you are going to have a smooth ride if you choose to rent a car. Abidjan has plenty of shimmering skyscrapers, with the city of Yamoussoukro boasting of the world famous basilica.
Experience the flora and fauna of Parc du Banco, a rainforest situated in the outskirts of the city of Abidjan. It has breathtaking walking trails, rare trees and a picturesque lake. Man is a tiny town on Ivory Coast’s central region. Here, you can purchase traditional fabrics as well as the famed Yacouba masks. Rent a car and travel to this town, and get the chance to see the 4,000 feet Mount Tonikoui. There are also plenty of waterfalls to see in the town that include La Cascade.
Saint Paul’s Cathedral is another destination worth checking out. It was designed by an Italian Architect known as Aldo Spirito and it covers a whooping 14,625 square feet (4500 square meters). It is the second largest in Africa and can accommodate an excess of 3,500 people.
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