The Ivory Coast Is Set To Lead West Africa In Tourism
If you are visiting the West African region for the first time, visiting the Ivory Coast is your surest bet to enjoying beautiful beaches, immersing yourself in culture and seeing how one of the world’s largest exporters of cocoa is gearing towards a leadership position on the continent.
Ivory coast has a relatively high income per capita, playing a key role in transit trade for neighboring landlocked countries like Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Ivory Coast is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa bean, and talented football players like Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure.
If you are looking to visit Ivory Coast, here are some of the adventures and experiences you can find when you are here.
Abidjan is the former capital city with a host of beaches, museums, St Paul’s Cathedral, a modern imposing cathedral which is a landmark in the city. The Cathedral boasts a detailed design with stained glass and a decadent interior. Very near to the city is Grand Bassam where you can find artisan shops, wood carvings and art work. You can also drive down to Vridi beach or take busses from the Plateau or Treichville.
Visit Musee Des Civilisations
At the Musee Des Civilisations tourists can view exhibitions around the tangible part of Ivory Coast’s diverse culture and ethnic groups.
Climbing Mount Nienokoue
For tourists who love to hike and work in the outdoors Mount Nienokoueis one of the best ways to view some of the lush landscapes in the country.
Tai National Park
This park is located near Djiroutou and is one of the largest remaining virgin rainforests in West Africa. Visitors will have a view of trees and animals sharing an ecosystem, and with the help of a tour guide they can also learn about the historical context behind the forest and how the communities living around or in it have lived off the land.
Ivory Coast plans to continually develop itself as leading West African nation in tourism. Mail & Guardian Africa reports that the Ivory Coast government plans to allocate $25 billion of investments in 94 infrastructure projects from 2016 to 2020. Majority of these projects will be public-private partnerships which will boast the building and development of highways, bridges, hydroelectric dams and industrial parks. This project attracted various bids from domestic and foreign investors who would like to stake a claim in Ivory Coast’s industrial future.
Visitors can rest assured that Ivory Coast will continually build its tourism industry to show the value of its culture and people.
To learn more about tourism in Ivory Coast, visit this article by Trip Advisor