Côte d'Ivoire with a climate changing by region, the best time to go depends on where you intend to stay. For a stay on the coast, the best period is the dry season, from mid-December to mid-April and expanded, from mid-November to mid-May. For a stay in the land, it is preferable to depart between October and February; and from December to February if you visit the Savannah region.
A sense of incomparable hospitalityAs a "toubabou", one can legitimately wonder what the reception is for Ivorians to the French. But Ivorians are really winning to be known: warm, funny, solidaires and with an incomparable sense of hospitality and celebration! By organizing your trip with a local agency, you will have many opportunities to interact with Ivorians, for a particularly authentic stay.In Côte d'Ivoire, we get mixed up!In Côte d'Ivoire, everyone is becoming Métis. A melting pot that the country clearly owes to its position as a crossroads of West Africa.The ivorian way of lifeAbidjan is not in place and never sleeps, as if the Ivoiriens, hedonic in the soul, wanted to take in advance on a possible misfortune, living at the rhythm of daily joy.A good road networkApart from a few axes (Abidjan-Bondoukou, some portions of the coastline from Abidjan to San Pedro...) and in comparison with other African countries, one can only be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the road network in Côte d'Ivoire.A very palpable StoryThe story is here, tangible and white, in old buildings, succeeding the conquerors of conquerors, some streets and cities adopted names. It stands in lively chapters all along the coast following the old counters with evocative and musical names. History is also there, tangible and black, in the eternal remains left by the "Old Father", Félix Houphouët-Boigny.Thanks to a stay organised by a local travel agency, you will understand the exciting history of Côte d'Ivoire and discover the main sights!
No trouble leurrer ?: to make tourism in Côte d'Ivoire, we must have the means. The price difference is felt between Abidjan and most of the cities of the interior, but it remains that in the "Pearl of the Lagoons", living in the West is barely cheaper than in Paris (including rent between 200 ? 000 and 600 ? 000 minimum FCFA for a correct apartment/full meal in a restaurant between 10 and 20 ? 000 FCFA FCFA), and living at the local level is no longer as adaptable as in the past ?: unless it is satisfied with attiéké (cassava pastry) fixings, it is difficult to eat for a few hundred francs and it is generally necessary to count a base of 1 ? 500 to 2 ? 000 ? FCFA for a meal in the scrub, and an average of 500 and 1 000 FCFA for a Flaguette beer and a Flag (its big sister), tariffs otherwise submitted to increase according to the standing of the maquis'establishment, as for most foodstuffs. Imported products are sold at quite simply exorbitant prices (we will pay 4 ? 000 FCFA a pack of 4 yaourts imported from France) and for food products, it is better to opt for supermarkets only for extra races, preferring the street vendors to offer much better quality products at prices that are far more affordable. The price of a packet of cigarettes generally ranges between 800 and 1 000 FCFA (depending on the brand and establishment). And last goal not to be touched, transport which, in the case of the taxi, severely ponctionnera your budget if you are forced to move often and around town (Abidjan is Large). By way of example, the route from the airport to the city centre (Plateau) will cost you no less than 3 ? 000 FCFA and the smallest race justifying the use of the taxi is generally in the order of 300 to 500 CFA francs.A meal in the bush: from 1 500 FCFA.Big Flag and Small Flag: CFAF 650 and CFAF 400 (large surface; otherwise, the price depends on the location of the institution).A water bottle: 395 FCFA for 1,5 litre of Awa (idem).An hour of the Internet: between 500 and 2 000 FCFA.One night in a middle-class hotel: between 15 and 30 000 FCFA.A packet of cigarettes: 800 FCFA.
FormalitésIn addition to a passport valid still 6 months after the date of return, since July 2009, travellers wishing to travel to Côte d'Ivoire (excluding ECOWAS nationals) are subject to the obligation of biometric visas. Think of it in advance because many pieces are required to form the file, some of which may require some time (extract from birth certificate, certificate of education for children). The visa costs 50 and on the website www.snedai.com you will find details of how to obtain it (withdrawal at the Embassy of Côte d'Ivoire in Paris). The vaccine against yellow fever is mandatory, and vaccines against tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A are essential. It is also strongly advised to protect against hepatitis B, typhoid fever, poliomyelitis, and méningites A and C.
Côte d'Ivoire offers a great diversity in language, as there are no fewer than 70 languages, almost all of which belong to the great Nigéro-Congolese family. There are 4 ? large linguistic groups (kwa, gour, gouro and summoned), and some 17 languages spoken by 100 ? 000 speakers or more, among which dioula, which occupies a privileged position, since it serves as a commercial lingua franca among Ivorians. Although it is only 15% of the population, it would be used as a secondary language by seven million speakers. French is the official language of the State, the language taught at school; it is spoken by a large majority of Ivorians. However, in the countryside and some villages, local populations prefer their own language and sometimes do not speak it at all. Nouchi, or "French de Moussa", a kind of popular Ivorian slang born in public transport stations and the street, is spoken mainly in major urban centres, particularly in Abidjan. A true "créolisation of French", it presents itself as a mixture of terms borrowed from French, bambara, and sometimes English. Some vernacular languages are available in bookstores in Abidjan, but nouchi is a language so constantly subject to change that the best school remains that of the street, popular media, and some newspapers like Gbich! , which gives it a nice share while still legible and even has a section specially dedicated to nouchi.
The currency that has taken place in Côte d'Ivoire is the franc of the Financial Community of West Africa (not to be confused with the franc of the Central African Financial Community, which does not belong to the same CFA area and does not take place in the same countries), more commonly known as CFA franc and which is generally referred to as CFA (short) place. Tickets are issued not the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). This currency is common to all Francophone border countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Togo. It is therefore possible to use FCFA in these eight countries. The cuts are in the form of banknotes of 500, 1 ? 000, 2 ? 000, 5 ? 000 and 10 ? 000 FCFA, the currency falling into parts of 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 250 and 500 ? FCFA.
Côte d'Ivoire can be divided into two major climatic zones:The South, with an equatorial climate characterized by a low-amplitude temperature, almost constant throughout the year (from 25 ° C to 32 ° C), and a high hydrometric level ranging from 65% to 90%. The south of the country is regularly with, but it is possible to distinguish 4 seasons: large dry season from December to April; large rainy season from May to July; small dry season in August and September; small rainy season in October and November.The climate in the north of the country, beyond the forest zone, is more contrasting. It is characterized by a higher temperature and more pronounced thermal differences (from 22 ° C to 35 ° C in Bouaké). Hydrometric is lower and the sun is more constant. There are two seasons: the rainy season from May to November; the dry season from November to May.The beginning of the year (January-February) usually marks the harmattan period, wind coming from the Sahara desséchant everything on its passage. It is sometimes so dense that it is not seen any further than the end of its nose, as by fog in France.
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