Flights to Abidjan Abidjan is the largest city of Cote d’Ivoire and is situated in the south of the country, on the coast. Abidjan was formerly the capital, and though the city of Yamoussoukro is now the official capital, Abidjan has remained the administrative and economic capital of the country.
Flights to Abidjan arrive at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport (airport code: ABJ), which is also known as the Port Bouet Airport. It is about 16 kilometres outside of the city. Several airlines serve the airport, but you will have just a few choices for flights to Abidjan from Johannesburg. You can stop in Dakar or Addis Ababa with either South African Airways or Ethiopian Airlines (in that order). Kenya Airways has a 2-stop flight to Abidjan with connections in Harare and Nairobi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Abidjan:
Like the rest of Ivory Coast, Abidjan hasn’t taken off as a mass tourism destination just yet, though this isn’t to say there’s nothing here for tourists. The city is actually quite modern and well developed in terms of infrastructure and does have some nice hotels, as well as scenic beaches, and one of the liveliest night life scenes in the whole of Africa!
St Paul’s Cathedral
The motherchurch for Roman Catholicism in Abidjan is St Paul’s Cathedral. This modern church is very unlike the world’s most famous St Paul’s (in London), and was designed by an Italian architect then consecrated by the Pope in 1985. Usually churches would have high ceilings, but a feature of this one is the low sweeping ceiling, and a trip up the cathedral’s tower is a highlight for visitors.
Museums in Abidjan
Abidjan is home to several museums, including the National Museum which usually would be found in a country’s official capital. There is also an art museum, the Cocody Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Business Centre of Abidjan
Unusual for an African city is Abidjan’s tall buildings. Though these buildings of the business centre would not rival most US city skyscrapers, there are some taller buildings here, and a far more European feel to this part of Abidjan. The business centre is called Le Plateau, and as well as the tall buildings there are boutiques and upmarket cafés here too.
Nightlife in Abidjan
Also unusual is the nightlife. Abidjan is the centre for nightlife in Ivory Coast, as well as for West Africa, and has even been cited as one of the liveliest cities in the whole of Africa! There are bars and a club or two here, as well as some nice restaurants.
Banco National Park
Just outside Abidjan is one of the country’s seven national parks, Banco National Park. Being so close to the city this is one of the most popular parks, and though only small it’s a nice place to visit away from the city. There are hotels in the vicinity if you’d like to stay here, and within the park there are some nice walking trails.
When Should You Visit?:
Abidjan is pretty much hot and wet throughout the year, though there are just two months when rainfall is significantly lower, these being January and August. For sightseeing August is therefore a god month as temperatures are not so high (average high is 27C).