Destination Information for Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast, or Côte d’Ivoire, located in West Africa, is a country of stunning tropical beauty. With close links to France it’s one of Africa’s most prosperous countries thanks to its cocoa export industry and foreign investment. Visitors to Ivory Coast are likely to arrive via Abidjan, a coastal city and the country’s unofficial capital. This modern city boasts shiny skyscrapers, an impressive commercial district, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Manhattan of Africa’. Inland, the city of Yamoussoukro is the official capital of the Ivory Coast - It is home to the largest church in the world, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.
There are eight national parks in Côte d’Ivoire, which include the single largest protected area in Western Africa, Comoé, found in the North of the country. Comoé is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including lions, leopards, elephants and even aardvarks! Alternatively, take a trip to the Tai National Park, close to the border with Liberia, and see the famous pygmy hippos.
If you’re a sun-seeker, the beaches along the southern coast of the country are simply unbeatable. San Pedro, Assine and Grand Bassam offer white sands, tropical lagoons and a warm welcome to visitors. For most travellers, the most comfortable time to visit Ivory Coast and avoid the stifling heat and torrential rain is during the warm dry season from November to March.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout Ivory Coast and anti-malarial medication is advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.