Tours to Ivory Coast, one of the most thriving country of West Africa
The tours to Ivory Coast with TransAfrica and discover a country of forests and savannahs, populated by more than 60 tribes, characterized by a variety of landscapes, cultures and traditions. Ivory Coast, looking over the Atlantic Ocean, after the independence, thanks to the production of cocoa, export and foreign investments, is one of the most prosperous countries in West Africa.
The population of Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast is populated by about sixty ethnic groups, each of them with rich traditions and numerous initiation rites. The majority of the population is animist, that is, they worship one God who permeates the whole universe. In regards of the animism, moments of particular intensity are represented by the initiation ceremonies and ritual parties, animated by songs, dances, flutes and calebasse (used as instruments). All of them with the sound of percussions in the background. In terms of art, all these ethnic groups have produced masks and beautiful sculptures, which are nowadays among the most popular works of the African artistic market.
Tours to Ivory Coast: the four areas of the country
The west coast is littered by bays and rocky promontories; the eastern one is crossed by large and deep lagoons, most of which are impossible to be reached by the sea due to the presence of small sandy archipelagos which form a natural barrier between the coastal area and the open sea. The hinterland is characterized by dense rain forests, home to more than 200 species of plants. Forests rapidly descend to the north, turning into vegetation typical of the savannahs.
The coastal area of the lagoons extends around Abidjan, the country’s economic capital and the administrative centre on the coast. The city has an important skyline and it shows a large number of innovative and modern buildings. Including: “La Pyramide” designed by the Italian architect Rinaldo Olivieri and the modern Cathedral of St. Paul, designed by the italian Aldo Spirito. Grand Bassam, on the other hand, is a charming coastal town dating back to the colonial period with an enchanting city centre. San Pedro is the second harbour city in the country. On the coastal stretch that reaches Sassandra there are beaches with large ocean waves, ideal for surfers.
On the border with Ghana, between Lake Kossou, we find an interesting cultivated area, where the current capital, Yamoussoukro, wanted by President Houphouet-Boigny, is also located. A city that arose from a small village inhabited by a few hundred people, is characterized by large six-lane avenues that are extraordinarily illuminated. Here there are buildings that can be defined as architectural wonders such as the basilica of Notre Dame de la Paix which imitates that of Saint Peter in Rome . Towards the border with Ghana we find the Akan population and its kingdom of gold.
To the south-west we find the tropical forest area, inhabited by the Dan and Guere ethnic group, famous for their masks and lianas bridges built over night by some groups of initiates. In the northern savannah we find: the Bouakes, a point of reference for the Baoule; Korogho, the city of artisans inhabited by the Senoufo, famous for their initiation rites, and the Comoè National Park, a UNESCO heritage site.