Cote d’Ivoire Flights:

Flights to Cote d’Ivoire image of Cote d'IvoireThe Republic of Cote d’Ivoire is also known by its English name, Ivory Coast, and it’s a country in Western Africa. Formerly part of France, Cote d’Ivoire has kept plenty of French influences including the language, and some architecture, and for tourists there are large cities as well as great scenery to see in Ivory Coast.

Port Bouet Airport (airport code: ABJ) is the main airport for flights to Cote d’Ivoire, and it is located 16 kilometres outside the city of Abidjan. The airport is also known as the Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport. If you are leaving from Johannesburg, you will have limited options. A 1-stop flight to Ivory Coast with South African Airways will go through Dakar, while with Ethiopian Airlines a flight to Cote d’Ivoire will connect in Addis Ababa.

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The Tourist Attractions of Cote d’Ivoire:

While Cote d’Ivoire isn’t full of tourist attractions there are some things that set this African country apart from others.

Abidjan was the capital of Ivory Coast from 1933 until 1983 when the inland city of Yamoussoukro became the capital. Even so, Abidjan is still the largest city and economic centre of the country, and being home to the main international airport, flights to Cote d’Ivoire, and most of the country’s visitors, will arrive here.

Abidjan is a coastal city and does feature some lovely beaches, and there are also some great hotels here, with restaurants and nightlife to accompany them. This is said to be the nightlife hotspot of West Africa!

Much farther inland is the newer capital of Cote d’Ivoire, Yamoussoukro. This city doesn’t have the same coastal appeal as Abidjan but it does have a range of tourist attractions, the most obvious of which is the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro. Despite the title this is not a cathedral, but it is listed as the largest church in the world, surpassing even St Peter’s Basilica, so it’s an impressive sight.

National Parks and World Heritage Sites
Cote d’Ivoire has seven national parks in total, a couple of which have also been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tai National Park, and Comoe National Park. The former has one of the last areas of primary rainforest in West Africa and became a World Heritage Site due to its variety of flora and fauna.

Another World Heritage Site is the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, while the Banco National Park is popular because it’s fairly close to Abidjan and has walking trails and hotels for tourists.

When Should You Visit?:

The climate of Cote d’Ivoire does vary depending on where in the country you are visiting. On the coast it is equatorial so there will be more rainfall here than in the arid parts in the north of the country. Generally speaking there are three seasons though warm and dry lasts from November to March, hot and dry is from March to May, and hot and wet is from June to October. In Abidjan though, the wettest months are May and June.

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