Ivory Coast Revealed


Ivory Coast Revealed

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 11 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 - Abidjan

Arrive in Abidjan and transfer to the hotel. Overnight Novotel or similar

Day 2 - Abidjan to Yamoussoukro (250 km, 4 hours driving)

This morning we explore Abidjan. Our tour will include the plateau and also a boat trip on the lagoon. We shall also visit the lively market at Treichville and the residential area of Cocody containing interesting colonial architecture. We will also visit the national museum which contains a fine collection reflecting the rich heritage of 62 ethnic groups. We shall also visit the new quarter of Youpugon for an interesting contrast. Before leaving for Yamoussoukro we have a lunch of attieké, a kind of cassava couscous that is generally accompanied by grilled meat or meat with sauces and greens. Overnight Hotel Le President or similar (BD)

Day 3 – Yamoussoukro to Man (350 km, 6 hours driving)

This morning visit the Basilica of the Virgin of Peace which is a copy of that of St Peter’s in Rome. The marble and the stained glass that are characteristic of this church make it an excellent monument to the history of the country. We then journey through a landscape of plantations and small villages of mud huts. We will stop to get to know the techniques of cultivation, harvesting, and the drying of Cacao seeds, a process carried out still largely by hand. We continue through rubber and coffee plantations. As Mount Tonkpi comes into view we will approach Man. Overnight Hotel Les Cascades or similar (BLD)

Day 4 - Man to Danane – Man (200 km, 3 hours driving)

This morning we journey out from Man to see the Liana Bridges. We then return to Man where you will have some leisure time where you can relax or explore some of the local craft shops. Later we enjoy a short excursion in the Gbepleu rainforest with its sacred monkeys which hold the meaning of the name of Man. Later we will be able to enjoy dancing in a nearby village by the Guéré people. Overnight Hotel Les Cascades or similar (BLD)

Day 5 - Man to Odienne (270 km, 5 hours driving)

Today is devoted to meeting the Yakuba, the people better known as the Dan. We will spend time visiting some of their villages built on hillsides, characterised by big round huts with thatched roofs. Later we will experience a traditional masks dance of the Dan. Overnight Hotel Les Frontieres or similar (BLD) 

Day 6 - Odienne to Boundiali (150 km 3 hours driving)

This morning we travel to meet the chief of the Malinké ethnic group. Dressed in their traditional costume and with their shotguns covered with amulets, the hunters will accompany us on an excursion on foot into the savannah to give us a brief introduction to the power of plants. They will also accompany us to visit a Malinké village where to the rhythm of the tam-tam they will dance and demonstrate resistance to fire and knives. Overnight Hotel Iman’s or similar (BLD)

Day 7 - Boundiali to Korhogo (150 km, 3 hours driving)

This morning we explore regions traversed constantly by herds of zebu guided by the unmistakable Fulani nomads searching for pastures. We will visit some local Fulani villages where we hope to be invited into some of the houses to experience their warm local hospitality. We then journey to Korhogo dating back to the 13th Century and the capital of the Senoufo people. We will visit their villages that still maintain today the secrets of their own handicraft production. In these villages we will admire the large clay granaries and the sacred houses with decorated bas-reliefs. The dry season is also the time for important funerals which give the opportunity for family and social gatherings and for the celebration of life and death. It cannot be guaranteed but if we are lucky we may be able to attend one of these lively celebrations. We shall also attend the Panther dance, a masks initiation of young male Senoufo. Overnight Hotel La Rose Blanche or similar (BLD)

Day 8 - Korhogo to Bouake (250 km – 4 hours driving)

We spend the day visiting villages of the Baulé people, known for their intricate handicrafts. Overnight Hotel Mon Afrik or similar (BLD)

Day 9 - Bouake to Abenguru (250 km – 5 hours driving)

This morning we hope to meet a community of Komians. We will hear their stories and learn of their fetishes and, if possible, we will interact with their patients. We may also be able to attend the “fortune teller” dance. Later we visit the Agni people and meet nobles at the royal palace and if he is available we may be received by the King and visit the tiny palace museum. Overnight Hotel Royaume or similar (BLD)

Day 10 - Abenguru to Assinie (270 km, 6 hours driving)

This morning we drive to the Ebrié Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. We spend some time exploring Grand Bassam with its crumbling colonial architecture before transferring to our hotel on the ocean front. Overnight Coucoué Lodge or similar (BLD)

Day 11 – Optional Delta Excursion and tour end (100 km – 2 hours driving)

Today we can take an optional excursion by motor boat along the delta where the Ebrié Lagoon joins the Atlantic Ocean, and we can hope to meet some of the local fishermen. Otherwise you are free to enjoy some time at leisure enjoying the breeze of the Atlantic Ocean. This afternoon we transfer to Abidjan Airport for your flight home (B)