Fellis Ano Nuevo! as we welcome you to yet another year of greatness and more travel.
As the cheers echo for the on-going Confederation of African Football (CAF); Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2023, all eyes are on Abidjan, the vibrant capital of Cote D'Ivoire. Yes! football is undoubtedly the main attraction,attraction; however, his bustling city serves as the perfect gateway to explore the rich cultural tapestry and natural wonders of the west African Coast.
In this blog post, we delve into why you should visit, or extend your stay as you embark on an unforgettable journey through Cote D'Ivoire this 2024.
1. Grand Bassam:
For an afternoon of tour, one could start from the iconic architecture of St. Paul's Cathedral before heading down to the Grand Bassam town for an excellent sun-down experience.
You could use a moment of relaxation after the noon games at the Grand Bassam beach which is about forty-five minutes away from Abidjan and offers a range of soothing views in the evening.
Whether you're looking to soak up the sun, indulge in water sports, or simply enjoy a peaceful sunset, this historic town has something for you.
To have a real appreciation of Abidjan's rapid modernization, a boat ride a little into the waters would be ideal as the skyline opens wide and grand behind the graceful resting rays of the sun.
And hey, how could you visit Grand Bassam without checking out the Musee National Du Costumes? The museum, which was then a palace of the colonial rulers built in 1892 is definitely a must-see!
2. Explore the Natural Beauty of Azagny National Park:
Let Melanin Travels Magic indulge you on your match-free day as we invite you to visit the Azagny National Park. Located about fifty (50mins) to the east of Abidjan. The park is renowned for its breath-taking views as more than half of this landmark is abound by water. You could embark on a guided tour through the pristine dense jungle, where you can spot rare species of monkeys, elephants, intriguing birds species, buffaloes and enormous biodiversity.
3. A Cultural Heritage in Yamoussoukro:
Yamoussoukro is the political capital of Cote D’Ivoire, and a fascinating destination known for its cultural landmarks. This might be your longest trip in the Cote D'Ivoire as it is about two hours fifty minute (2hr 50mins) from Abidjan.
Visit the famous Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, one of the largest and charming churches in the world.
While in Yamoussoukro, don't miss the opportunity to experience local markets, where you can sample traditional Ivorian cuisines and get immersed in the bustle of this remarkable country. Surely, you could purchase a souvenir or two for the road now.
RECOMMENDATIONS (Travel Requirements/Vital info):
• Yellow Fever vaccination card:
You can take a shot at a major hospital or polyclinic. You will need to take a shot if you haven't, at immigration check-point for about GHc50.
• Passport or Ghana card (ECOWAS/ CEDEAO card)
The ECOWAS card has gained much acceptance over the months as an acceptable passport for west Africans to travel inter-city. While relying on it as your ground and primary passport, it is advisable to have some extra money with you as some borders may require a little fees for extra documentations; especially if you are using it for the first time.
Via STC bus:
Bus fare is approximately GHc480 from Accra to Abidjan. If you are in another west African city where Abidjan is accessible by bus, it is advisable to check out the fares.
You will need to book days ahead. Departure and arrival will be communicated to you.
Via flight, the most critical requirements are your passport, other travel documents and ticket fare.
- Driver's license (international)
- Road worthy documents and registration documents
- International driving pass/ permit
- Owner of vehicle ought to be in the vehicle (if it is not a rented vehicle)
- Airbnb’s still available in Abidjan and other cities.
- You can check for hotels as well.
TIP: Travelers can pair up or share rooms to cut down on their budget.
While Abidjan takes center stage during CAN 2023, Cote D'Ivoire offers a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether you're a culture enthusiast, nature lover, or simply seeking a solo adventure, this vibrant country promises you an unforgettable journey. With a number ofseveral matches still to go, it is only about getting fun and louder in Abidjan and you surely do not want to miss out on the vuvuzelas.
So visit today, extend your stay, and explore beyond the football games and embark on a myriad of discovery through the heart of West Africa.