Traveling In Enigmatic Cote d’Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire gained recognition as an economic phenomenon of Africa, and was once looked upon as a role-model for sustaining stability on the African continent. This land never broke from its colonial masters, its post-independence leaders persuaded French capital to create contemporary infrastructure and add up significant developments in Cote d’Ivoire. The first president Houphouët-Boigny was a charismatic personality who encouraged a fusion of practical western capitalism and African values.

However, his dream didn’t turn into reality as the society he directed was far away from being liberal and all his efforts went in vain after his death. Subsequently, followed line-up of coups and rebellions which shattered the country adversely and eventually the Northern-led insurgency in 2002 bifurcated the country into two. The French-expat community navigated, and after this followed the breakdown of the country.

Apart from this, Cote d’Ivoire is enriched with traditions, cultures, and striking tourist attractions. The land houses rich traditions as its populace is a tribal blend of communities like the Dan, Lobi, Baoule and Senoufo. Its tourist attraction comprises to be the best in the whole of West Africa. The Parc National de Tai is a wondrous marvel with huge pleasant rainforests and line-up of beaches lining alongside the Atlantic Coast.

Cote d’Ivoire is distinct from the rest of the West African countries because of its modernity. Presently, Abidjan is tattered; however its impressive skyscrapers are just jaw-dropping. Its centre, Yamoussoukro is popular for its basilica, which is an astounding reproduction of Rome’s St Peter’s that reminisces of the Houphouët-Boigny epoch.

Places in and around


Former capital city of Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan generates a mixed reaction from the tourists. It is an enchanting place with shimmering, energetic city of mammoth buildings, lovely boutiques and classy Ivorian women strutting in high heels while they are on their way to reputed four-star Parisian restaurants. Its replica of St Peter’s nicknamed as ‘Paris of West Africa’ seems to be a highly exaggerated version which achieved critical comments even in its flourishing times. Whereas other sights get into view the paupers, street vendors and gun-toting soldiers who resemble to be landing from different world.

The Centre
Along with the rest of the country, the centre has suffered too. The tourist attraction includes the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix, a great point of pride and honor which was spared during the November 2004 riots. Access to the city is possible, however the close by national parks are out of bounds until the crisis are over. It is still a big question that will the forest and wildlife be left after the crisis.

Popular for its basilica, Yamoussoukro remains to be a capital city with no embassies, government ministries and important commercial activity. It is also well known for its overweening excesses and pet projects of Félix Houphouët-Boigny which were home-born. It is attractive as well as depressing evident of Africa’s greatest curse.

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