Where is Cote d’Ivoire? The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, also known as Ivory Coast, is a country in western Africa. The capital of Ivory Coast is Yamoussoukro and the Abidjan port city is the largest city in the country. Cote d’Ivoire is nestled in the western sub-Saharan Africa, bordering Guinea and Liberia to the west, Burkina Faso and Mali to the north, Ghana to the east and the Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea) to the south. The official language of Cote d’Ivoire is French, while there are numerous indigenous languages that are widely used including Dioula, Dan, Baoule, Cebaara Senufo, and Anyin.
Where is Cote d’Ivoire in history and culture? The first presence of humans in Cote d’Ivoire dates back to 15,000 BC as tool and weapon fragments have been discovered in the northern parts of the country. The first recorded history of mankind in the region is of the Roman times, whereas the Portuguese were the first to start trade in West Africa. The region eventually became a French colony for the better part of the last century until its independence in 1960.
Ivory Coast is home to nine major national parks that are designated by the local government as protected areas. The Comoe National Park is the largest protected area in West Africa and is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This park is one of the most popular places to visit in Cote d’Ivoire for its diverse wildlife. Tree lodging as well as hotel accommodation is available in the park along with various opportunities for trekking, hiking, swimming, and more. The Tai National Park is another World Heritage Site that consists of the last primary rainforest area in West Africa.
Since gaining independence, the country has improved strongly in terms of economy and has grown its tourism industry. After all, Abidjan is affectionately called the ‘Manhattan of the tropics’ or ‘Pearl of the lagoons’. The city is the most popular places to visit in Cote d’Ivoire, known for its scenic beaches like Cocody Beach, luxury accommodation facilities, and sporting facilities.
Abidjan has one of the liveliest nightlife in Africa. The district offers an abundance of outdoor bars, nightclubs, maquis, and lounges where Western, Congolese, and tribal music varieties are up for choosing. The city is one of the most popular holiday and business destinations not just in Cote d’Ivoire but also in West Africa. Cote d’Ivoire is one of the most traveled to destinations in West Africa, offering an upbeat coastal lifestyle in the downtown district of Abidjan as well as exotic wildlife tours full of wonders.