Cote D'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire is a stunner, shingled with starfish-studded sands, palm-tree forests and roads so orange they resemble strips of bronzing powder. Yes, the nation’s certainly had its fair share of troubles, with coups and military juntas and Ebola to name just three, but travelers do still come. Ivory Coast welcomed 471,000 visitors from around the world in 2017, according to the World Tourism Organisation. Visitors can expect a rich cultural experience, from traditional Senufo masks to the fading heritage of French colonialism. 

The Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix1The Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix (ndpbasilique.org), or the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, in English, is the world's tallest church. The structure was built in the Ivory Coast's administrative capital of Yamoussoukro in the late 1980s and consecrated by the Pope in 1990. A visit to the basilica allows you to gaze at 36 hand-blown, stained-glass windows with patterns that change throughout the day. The structure was designed by Pierre Fakhoury, an Ivory Coast citizen of Lebanese descent, and inspired by St. Paul's Cathedral in Rome. The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Yamoussoukro (Basilique Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro) is a Roman Catholic church in Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of the Ivory Coast. Often classified as the largest Christian church in the world, the basilica was built between 1985 and 1989 at a cost of 300 million dollars, and was intentionally modeled as the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican.

 

Potamochères1Cote d’Ivoire has nine national parks (Azagny, Comoé, Banco, Taï, Marahoué, Peko, Mont Sangbé, Ehotilé islands, Abokouamékro) which cover an area of 1,730,550 ha, that is nearly 6% of the total surface of the country. These parks are rich in rare species as well as species in process of extinction. The animalist Park of Abokouamékro located at 60 km from Yamoussoukro, this park extends on a surface of 21.000 ha. It is of easy access. One can discover there elephants, buffaloes, rhinoceroses. 

Located at 100 km of Abidjan to the mouth of Bandama, the national park of Asagny extends on 19.400 ha . Surrounded by water with 60%, the flora is there primarily made up of marshy savanna with palm trees. Elephants, of Potamochères, Buffaloes, Monkeys (Islands with the Chimpanzees), several species of birds, live there in perfect harmony. The navigable Channel of Asagny, allows the walks in boat and is equipped with Watchtowers, offering a unspoilable view on surrounding nature. Easy access by the road ( the Coastal one ), or by air (airport of Kossou), of many possibilities is offered to the tourists for their lodging, to the camping hotel, not far from the park, or to Large-Lahou.

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