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C�te d'Ivoire Travel Notes -- If Yamoussoukro were not F�lix Houphou�t-Boigny's birthplace and chosen capital, it would still be in the middle of nowhere. Find out more about the Ivory Coast @ Travel Notes.

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Cote d'Ivoire, a former French colony, gained independence on August 7th, 1960.

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Cote d'Ivoire

Countries neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire are: Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

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Getting Around Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire by Road

As with much of West Africa, the shared taxi is a common way to get around Cote d'Ivoire.

Cote d'Ivoire by Rail

A railway links Abidjan with Bobo-Dioulasso and Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso.


Although Abidjan is the largest city and one of the busiest ports in West Africa, it is not the capital of Cote d'Ivoire.

That honour was bestowed on the birthplace of Felix Houphouet-Boigny, the long serving president of Cote d'Ivoire (1960-93); by the president himself, in 1983.

If Yamoussoukro were not Felix Houphouet-Boigny's birthplace and chosen capital, it would still be in the middle of nowhere.

Grand plans were made for the small town in the savannah, with road grids laid and street lights erected.

Our Lady of Peace

Another one of the former president's personal follies was to build this massive church; in the style of the Vatican's St Peter's Basilica.

Separate quarters were built for the pope, who refused to visit unless money was spent on a hospital for the sick as well.


As well as being the transport hub of West Africa, Abidjan is where most of the diplomatic work is done.

Arriving in Abidjan

Felix Houphouet Boigny (ABJ) connects Abidjan with over 35 destinations.

Embassies in Abidjan

Ambassade de France en Cote d’Ivoire:
Rue Lecoeur - 17 BP 175 Abidjan 17.

Canadian Embassy in Abidjan:
Trade Centre Building, 6th and 7th floors,
23 Nogues Avenue, Plateau, Abidjan.

Embassy of The United States of America in Abidjan:
Rue Jesse Owens, 01 B.P. 1712 Abidjan 01, Cote d'Ivoire.

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Hotels in Abidjan

Ibis Abidjan Plateau: 7 bd Roume, Abidjan.
Hotel with 185 rooms located in the heart of the plateau and close to the central business district, St Paul's Cathedral and government departments.

Novotel Abidjan: 10 Ave du General de Gaulle, Abidjan.
The Novotel Abidjan is a 4-star hotel with 176 rooms at Lagoon Side, in the heart of the Plateau Central. The hotel features a bar, restaurant, meeting rooms and business centre, as well as a swimming pool and free shuttle service to the airport.

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