Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast

Etymology

Originally, Portuguese and French merchant-explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries divided the west coast of Africa, very roughly, into five “coasts” reflecting local economies. The coast that the French named the Côte d’Ivoire and the Portuguese named the Costa do Marfim—both, literally, being “Ivory Coast”—lay between what was known as the Guiné de Cabo Verde, so-called “Upper Guinea” at Cap-Vert, and Lower Guinea. There was also a Pepper Coast also known as the “Grain Coast”, a “Gold Coast”, and a “Slave Coast”. Like those, the name “Ivory Coast” reflected the major trade that occurred on that particular stretch of the coast, the export of ivory. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Abidjan Africa Travel Meetup – Africa Facts is a web community based in Abidjan, gathering individual bloggers who all are connected to the “africa facts” in one way or another; be it fashion, traveler, architecture, photography, graphic design and all kinds of art – basically anything visual which serves as an inspiration to people! [meetup]

Abidjan “The Purpose of life” in Buddhism Meetup – Are you searching for meaning in your life? Have you ever felt happiness in your life… …never lasts? This Buddhist group has a great positive, multi-cultural atmosphere that helps people search for the answer to life’s biggest questions. Through the teachings of Buddha and historical Pure Land Buddhist teachers we understand better the direction our life needs to take in order to find the purpose of life. [meetup]

Le 24H Chrono – Bar in Yamoussokro, Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Afro Romance – Dating makes you feel sexy again, and there’s no better way to find a single women in Cote D Ivoire that will do just that than with AfroRomance. Open an account today. Sign up for free at AfroRomance and you can browse through our many member profiles, before deciding if you want to upgrade your membership and start conversations with people you think you might get along with. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain – join today! [afro romance]

Ivory Coast Dating – The words of Pat Benatar-1983, “love is a battlefield”, have a place in the 21st century where the dating scene has become crazy. However, with the Internet everywhere today, the hunt for true love among singles has become easier through online dating via Ivory Coast dating. If you are on this page it simply means you are looking for love in Ivory Coast and yes, an exotic and rare experience awaits you. [ivorycoast.africa.dating]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Land Tours – Often called the “jewel of West Africa,” Côte d’Ivoire is on the brink of reclaiming its past reputation for being the most exotic and sophisticated country in West Africa. With its largest city Abidjian offering an array of exciting things to do, ranging from side walk cafés to Marqui restaurants, Jazz clubs and festivals, national parks, museums and sea side resorts, this city is a favorite getaway for the west African jet setters. [land tours]

Palace Travel – Come discover Cote d’Ivoire, a jewel nestled on the coast of West Africa. This eight day journey offers visits to important historical sites including one of the largest churches in the world-the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix, and a game reserve. You will explore Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire’s largest city- known as the “Paris of West Africa”. [palace travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Be impressed by the capital, Yamoussoukro – Discover the city’s lively market, the mosque and the palace of the president, not to mention the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix. Fractionally smaller than St Peter’s in Rome, it incorporates a greater area of stained glass than the total area of stained glass in France. Yamoussoukro was the birthplace of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. The cathedral was paid for almost entirely out of his own pocket. [world travel guide]

Escape to the beach – About 100km (60 miles) east of Abidjan is the beach resort of Assouinde. Also not too far from the city is Grand Bassam, whose sandy beaches make the place a favourite weekend retreat for the inhabitants of Abidjan. Note that in Abidjan and the surrounding coastal resorts, there is a dangerous deep current and swimmers should stay near the shore.[world travel guide]

Go Fishing – There is good coastal and river fishing in Côte d’Ivoire. Red carp, barracuda, mullet and sole can all be caught from the shores of the lagoons. Sea trips can be organised through travel agencies to catch swordfish, bonito and marlin. Boats and instructors are available in Abidjan, where waterskiing and sailing are also available. [world travel guide]

Marvel at the bright lights of Abidjan – The former capital and largest city, Abidjan, comes as a pleasant surprise to many visitors. The glistening downtown is a place of bright lights and lofty skyscrapers, while the more traditional Old Town, Treichville, is home to many bars, restaurants and nightclubs, plus the colourful central market. There is a very good museum, the Ifon Museum, as well as the National Museum containing historic artefacts, statues and ivory. [world travel guide]

Spot African wildlife – The largest and oldest national park in Côte d’Ivoire is Comoë National Park, in the northeast, where lions, waterbucks, hippos and other animals can be seen frolicking in their natural habitat. The Abokouamekro Game Reserve is another great spot for wildlife watching and is one of the more accessible parks, about an hour outside Yamoussoukro. Most national parks in Côte d’Ivoire are largely inaccessible for visitors without their own vehicles. [world travel guide]

Take a hike – The verdant hills surrounding Man, nicknamed the ‘City of 18 Mountains’, are a joy for hikers. As well as harbouring some of the last remaining rainforest in Côte d’Ivoire, these lofty ranges are also home to Mount Tonkoui, whose 1,223m (4,012ft) summit offers views over Liberia and Guinea. Guides are necessary for longer walks. [world travel guide]

Tour the provinces – Take a trip around Côte d’Ivoire. Places worth visiting include Korhogo, the main city in the north, which is notable for its woodcarving and handicrafts. The former capital of Bingerville, with its idyllic, lagoon-side setting, and the town of Bouaké, also renowned for its crafts, are also worth a visit. [world travel guide]

Walk to a waterfall – From Man you can visit La Cascade, a pretty waterfall that crashes into a bamboo forest, 5km (3 miles) from town. The falls are accessed via a paved pathway, which offers a pleasant walk through the forests. Hikers can expect to receive a warm welcome if they take a detour to the villages of Biankouma and Gouessesso. [world travel guide]

Watch some stilt dancing – Dancers in Côte d’Ivoire perform incredible acrobatics on stilts as part of time-honoured ceremonial dances. Often performed at weddings, funerals or the arrival of an important person, these rituals are performed by children as young as seven. Visits to stilt dancing performances can be arranged from Man. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Carnival in Bouaké – The Ivoirians version of Mardi Gras, this week-long carnival is one of the most well-attended events in the Ivory Coast. It is held in Bouaké in March each year. [iexplore]

Christmas Day – Christmas Day (December 25) is celebrated by local Christians with all-night church services that start on Christmas Eve (December 24) and end at 6:00 a.m. During worship, you can expect singing, group dancing, poetry recitation, skits, testimonies, prayers, and a sermon. Ivoirian Christians do not exchange gifts on Christmas, they wait until the new year to signal good prosperity. [iexplore]

Fête du Dipri – This eccentric April celebration is held in the town of Gomon, where people perform different kinds of rituals in order to exorcise and drive evil spirits out of the village. The event starts at midnight and continues until late afternoon the following day. [iexplore]

Fêtes des Masques – The most popular of all the Ivory Coast events, Fêtes des Masques, or the Festival of Masks, is an annual event held in November. It is a time to pay homage to the forested spirits embodied by the villagers who wear colorful costumes and masks. The celebration is held in the northern region in the town of Man. [iexplore]

Independence Day – Ivory Coast’s Independence Day is celebrated on August 7 each year to commemorate the country’s liberation from France. The event is marked by all kinds of cultural activities, lively performances, parades, and other festivities. [iexplore]

Islam-Related Holidays – Major Muslim holidays are celebrated and observed in the Ivory Coast. These include the period of fasting known as Ramadan and the post-Ramadan feast known as Eid al-Fitr. Tabaski, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, is observed by religious families. The event dates vary according to the lunar calendar. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – Cities in the Ivory Coast are quite spread out, especially large towns like Abidjan and Yamoussoukro. Thankfully, there are good transportation services that provide convenient means to get around. In the capital, there is a complex system of taxis involving two types of cars: orange cabs, which can legally operate anywhere in the city and offer solo or shared rides (this type is more expensive than the color-coded taxis that operate in designated neighborhoods) and green taxis, which serve the Koumassi area. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – The only train connection available in the Ivory Coast runs from Abidjan to the city of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, but because this route slices through rebel territory, this is not an advisable form of transportation for foreign travelers. Choose the bus service instead. [iexplore]

Water Taxis – Evening rides across the lagoons are mainly for pleasure rather than transport. Ferry routes can be used for sightseeing and enjoying the Abidjan skyline. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Abidjan Java Meetup – Exchanges between developers, testers, project manager, architects, Java integrators living or working in Abidjan. The group is open to both students and professionals. Sharing is our priority. [meetup]

Abidjan Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. [meetup]

AIO Technologies – Online Shopping | AIO Technologies – Computers – Telephones – TV – Camera – Accessories – Diver. [facebook]

Côte d’Ivoire MongoDB User Group – MongoDB is the future of databases, new design opportunities are available to us with this solution. Join our group for new discoveries in the field of NoSQL databases. [meetup]

NetSquared Abidjan – Social changemakers and technological forerunners come together at NetSquared events to mix, swap stories and ideas, build new relationships, and reinforce the online NetSquared community. [meetup]

New Generation- NGT – New Generation (NGT) is a web communication structure. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Côte d’Ivoire – Salut and a very warm welcome to our expat community in the Ivory Coast! The InterNations private network of expats in the Ivory Coast are ready to help you start your new life in the country. Moving to another country can be a challenge, you probably have a number of questions you would love to know the answers to, such as: “which international schools are the best in Abidjan?” or “where are the safest neighborhoods to live in Yamoussoukro?”. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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