Ivory Coast

Famous for its chocolate and coffee, Ivory Coast is a West African powerhouse, home to one of the largest churches in the world, one of the best football teams in Africa and, yes, you can go for a beach holiday here too.

See our travel suggestions below and contact us if you are interested or need more information about trips to Ivory Coast.

Kameli Travel organises tours to Ivory Coast – whether your intention is to experience the bustling economic hub of Abidjan, where your flight is likely to land. Or continue on to the beach town of Grand-Bassam, whose old quarter has been selected for the UNESCO World Heritage List. Inland, in Yamoussoukro, you'll find the largest church in the world, bigger than St Peter's in the Vatican. Somewhat surprisingly, small and quiet Yamoussoukro is also the capital of Ivory Coast!

We can arrange a professional guide and transport services for you or your group, and book your preferred level of accommodation. However, if you wish to travel by public transport, we can arrange for a guide to accompany you on these as well.

Contact us if you are interested or need more information about travelling to Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast is roughly the size of Finland (332 462 km²). Yet it has a population of 31 million. The country gained independence from French rule in 1960 and, as a colonial legacy, the official language is French. English is poorly spoken. People make their living from agriculture; the country exports coffee and cocoa beans. Côte d'Ivoire also has considerable oil and mineral resources, which bring wealth to the country. Tourism is still relatively limited, but growing.

Climate: Ivory Coast has a tropical climate. In the north of the country, the dry season lasts from November to March, followed by the rainy season from April to October, which brings the rains. In the south, however, rainfall is higher and there are even two rainy seasons along the coast, the first lasting from May to July and again from October to November. The rest of the year is dry. Temperatures hover between 20 and 35 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

Security: Ivory Coast is a safe country to visit, but in large crowds it's a good idea to beware of pickpockets.

Visa: With the exception of some African nationalities, visas are required for everyone. Ivory Coast has an e-visa, which must be applied for and paid for in advance by credit card on the official e-visa website. The current price is 73€. The e-visa application should be made well in advance of the trip. Please note that visa policies and prices are subject to change without notice. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months .

Currency: Ivory Coast uses the West African CFA franc (XOF) as its currency, which is pegged to the euro. One euro is worth around 656 francs. You should take euro banknotes with you and exchange them on arrival or withdraw cash from an ATM.

Vaccinations and malaria: Ivory Coast requires proof of yellow fever vaccination. In addition, hepatitis a and b vaccinations are recommended. Please ensure that your basic vaccinations are up to date. Malaria is prevalent in Ivory Coast throughout the year, so anti-malaria medication is recommended.

Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended.