The whole time I travelled through the northern section of West Africa I had my eyes on Cote d’Ivoire. I wasn’t fixated on Cote d’Ivoire because of any one great attraction, or really anything travel related. I was looking forward to it because an arrival in this slightly more developed West African nation meant a bit of a reprieve from bumpy roads, slow internet, and poor infrastructure. Arriving in Cote d’Ivoire I certainly did find that reprieve. However, I also found a country teeming with tourism opportunities. The recent war has brought tourism in Cote d’Ivoire to its knees in many ways. However, it seems like with just a little bit of luck and maybe some good press things good explode in a positive way once again.
Highlights: Grand Bassam, Man, and Yamoussoukro Basilica
Daily Backpacker’s Budget: 45USD a Day
Visa Process and Cost: Must be bought in advance. Most people given 3 months multi-entry for around $100
Currency: CFA = about 500 to 1USD
Electricity: European. Be prepared for surges, it’s not always consistant.
Cell Phones: Coverage is good. Best service provided by Orange and MTN
General Travel Information
- General Travel Advice for Cote d’Ivoire (coming soon)
- Getting a Visa for Liberia in Monrovia (coming soon)
- Travel Budget for Cote d’Ivoire
- Crossing the Border from Guinea to Cote d’Ivoire (coming soon)
- Getting a Visa for Mali in Abidjan (coming soon)
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