A mix of simple villages, stunning coastline, European architecture and modern cities, Ivory Coast is a country of surprises. Despite its turbulent history, there's a rousing spirit that travels the breadth of the country and its cultural diversity, friendly people and distinct landscapes are sure to enchant.
Ivory Coast Tours & Travel
All our Ivory Coast trips
About Ivory Coast
At a glance
|Capital city:||Yamoussoukro (population 245,000)|
|Language:||French, Dioula, Baoule, Dan, Anyin, Mande|
|Time zone:||(GMT) Casablanca|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)|
Best time to visit Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast’s tropical climate has two wet and two dry seasons. December to April (dry season) is an ideal time to travel, as is August and September. Expect a lot of rain from May to July, especially in the north of the country.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Souvenirs from Ivory Coast
1. Senufo Masks
Pick up a hand-crafted ceremonial mask or sculpture from the artisans in Korhogo. These intricate designs are made using techniques handed down over centuries.
2. Traditional Cloth
Remember your adventure by taking home some hand-woven cloth. Each design represents a different cultural group or event.
Be sure to pick up some beautifully handcrafted piece of jewellery at one of the many local markets – they make wonderful gifts.
If vintage is your thing, there’s plenty to choose from at the crazy Korhogo markets.
The beat of the drum resounds throughout Ivory Coast, and there's a thriving local music scene here. From traditional through to hip hop, be sure to check some out.
FAQs on Ivory Coast
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance
British citizens must apply directly to the embassy for this visa rather than through a visa agency. Australians can apply for this visa through their visa agency. All other nationalities must check with their respective embassies/consulates and visas agencies for the application procedure. Please check early and allow plenty of time.
Visas for Cote d’Ivoire require quite a lot of documentation, generally including 2 visa application forms, 2 passport photos, Employment letter, proof of departure showing round trip travel and onward flight, plus a copy of confirmed hotel reservations is required.
Dragoman will be applying for the hotel reservation letter for you approximately 3 months in advance of the trip and once received, we will forward this to you. In order for us to be able to do this you must provide us with your passport details in advance. The application for this letter can only be made once we have received passport details from everyone in the group so any delay in us receiving these details will delay when this letter is received. Please note that this letter can take some time to issue and we cannot guarantee a specific date for receiving this letter. We therefore recommend that you wait until you have received this letter before making any appointments at the Cote d'voire Embassy or consulate.
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 600 CFA
Simple lunch = 1000 CFA
Three-course meal = 3500 CFA
Short taxi ride = 500 CFA
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 24 Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammed)
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension Day
May 20 Whit Monday
Jun 5 Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
Aug 3 Lailat al Qadr (Night of Power)
Aug 7 Independence Day
Aug 8 Korite (End of Ramadan)
Aug 15 Assumption
Oct 15 Tabaski (Feast of Sacrifice)
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Nov 15 National Peace Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ivory-coast/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Ivory Coast Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Ivory Coast
1. Be considerate of Ivory Coast’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
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