ABOUT Located in West Africa, Côte d’Ivoire is bordered in the South by Atlantic Ocean with the Gulf of Guinea, in the North by Burkina Faso and Mali, in the West by Guinea and Liberia and in the East by Ghana. The great number of ethnic groups makes for a very rich and diverse culture. Despite their resolute turn toward modernity, the Ivorian people treasure and value their ancestral customs and traditions. Traditional dances, ancient initiation rites, artifacts, heavenly beaches, and modern seaside resorts are but a few of these attractions which have made the country a tourist destination well known by European visitors. Côte d’Ivoire has good and efficient basic infrastructures which are attractive to different types of tourists while offering them a wide range of opportunities. The Côte d’Ivoire forests are full of butterflies which attract a large amount of tourists. The Banco forest covering 30.000 hectares is a unique case of the forest located in the middle of a large metropolis. National parks (in Comoé, Tha?, Marahoué, Azagny), fauna reserves (in Abokouamékro) and protected area (in Nimba Mount, Banco, Tai, Ehotilé Islands, Marahoué, Lamto, Comoé…) also attract many tourists.

CLIMATE The climate of Ivory Coast is generally warm and humid, ranging from equatorial in the southern coasts to tropical in the middle and semiarid in the far north. There are three seasons: warm and dry November to March, hot and dry March to May, and hot and wet June to October. Temperatures average between 25 and 32 °C and range from 10 to 40 °C.

BEWARE There is a risk of crime in Abidjan, including violent crime, car-jackings, armed break-ins to private residences and hold-ups in the street, and stealing from cars. Weapons circulate freely. Such incidents are not common, but they do occur. Be particularly cautious after dark. Avoid driving across the two bridges over the lagoon in Abidjan at night, as there is a risk that demands would be made for bribes. We advise against all but essential travel to the western regions of Dix-Huit Montagnes, Haut-Sassandra, Moyen-Cavally and Bas-Sassandra, in particular the area to the west of Duékoué up to the border with Liberia.