Ivory Coast’s cultural potential, the relief, the wildlife and the historical buildings captivate even the most indifferent

Between the luxuriant coast of the Gulf of Guinea in the south and the dry savannah In the North, Ivory Coast dwells in between 2 cultures and climates. A country of economic boom thanks to massive exportation of cocoa and coffee since its independence in 1960, Ivory Coast proudly boasts its natural and cultural highlights to the opened world

Ivory Coast boasts more than eight thousand villages inhabited by a wide variety of ethnic groups, rich wildlife, magical landscapes made up of lagoons, hills and vast tropical plantations, amazing beaches, cocoa farms, and more.

Ivory Coast is rich in fauna and flora with impressive diversity. To keep them intact the country has opened many national parks. The largest is Comoé Park, home to many lions, elephants, monkeys, felines… Other species such as buffaloes, buffalo cobs, rhinoceros or giraffes live in the heart of the Abokonamekro National Park.

Asagny National Park will welcome you in a swampy savannah filled with palm trees where elephants, ugly pots, and birds live peacefully together.

HIGHLIGHTS

Safari:

  • Safari and forest walk in the Taï NP: Pygmy Hippos, Monkey, Antelopes and Chimps
  • Safari in Comoe NP: Leopard, Monkey, Antelope, Pangolin and Lion
  • Safari in Mt Nimba Strict Nature Reserve: Chimps, Toad, Butterflies
  • Fishing in the numerous Lagoons

Discovery:

  • Vast plantain farms and Cocoa & Coffee plantations in Man in the centre of the country, as well as the impressive waterfall adjacent to the peaks of Tonkoui and Toura considered to be the highest of the country.

Adventure:

  • The Sun-Kissed beaches of Jacqueville next to Abidjan
  • Yamoussoukro city tour including a visit to the world most gigantic Christian church, the Our Lady of Peace Basillica
  • Abidjan city tour including the Cathedral Paul, the teeming streets, the Princess Rd, the market and more.

 

Culture:

  • The historical & ancestral city of the Akan people with its highly ornamented chieftaincy
  • The craft centre of Korhogo, its bazaar and mosque.

Lovers of castles & fortresses, Ghana is for you! If you are fond of culture, nature and history, you will love discovering the Kente fabric, the Ashanti Kingdom, and the Elephant, Leopard, Antelopes, monkeys and birds of the forest and savannah.  There is also the opportunity to engage in  lake and seawater activities.

Ghana is a fascinating cultural destination containing a wide selection of historical sites marking the proslavery movement in Africa. The country’s architecture reflects its tragic history, namely the European fortresses that used to serve as a headquarters for the slave trade.  Today these fortresses are the backbone of ‘Memorial Tourism’ that enables thousands of visitors a year to gain a good understanding of how the triangular trade worked. You’ll have to write your own story of this ancient African slave trade hub, ironically best known today for its soccer team rather than being the first sub-Saharan country to gain independence in 1957.

In the south of Ghana, forts erected by European colonists in the 15th century border the Ghanaian coast. In a more modern style, the Akosombo dam, built at the instigation of N’Krumah, also changed the landscape. Many sunken lands and displaced populations are among the notable consequences of this construction.

In northern Ghana, the landscape has not suffered as much from the hardships of construction. The savannah stretches as far as the eye can see towards its Sahelian neighbour, Burkina Faso.

The country is rich with famous ancestral traditions, as exemplified in the Ashanti Kingdom and numerous other festivals and rituals all through the year.

Ghana is also world-renowned for its gold, handicrafts, beads, Kente fabric and lively markets such as the Kumassi market, which is the West African biggest market. 

 Its rich flora ranges from the savannah in the north and tropical vegetation in the south, making it a fantastic wildlife destination as well.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Natural history:

  • Safari in the Shai Hills Reserve, and the Mole and Kakum National Parks where you can see the Monkey, Antelope, Buffalo, Elephant and many birds
  • Walk along the canopy walkway in the Kakum National Park
  • Visit the Baburi Botanical Garden
  • See the Lake Volta artificial lake, the largest water-retaining lake in the world

Culture:

  • Visit the vibrant and colourful Kumassi & Accra markets where you can buy spices, fabrics, cereals, jewels and fresh food.
  • Enjoy the Ashanti Kingdom in Kumassi, where the Ashanti King publicly appears every 42 days
  • Wonder at the fortresses of the coastal region including the St George Fortress of Elmina and the Cape Cost Castle

 Discovery:

  • Engage in the City tour including the Accra Mall, the Kwam Nkrumah Memorial and the Bole Mosque in the Northwest
  • Beach walk in Coco, Labadi, Sankofa and Bojo
  • Visit the Kintampo archaeological site
  • Take a pirogue ride on the Volta Lake for a visit to the Akosombo Dam.

 

The Central African Republic: Africa’s most successful ecotourism effort – Dzanga Sangha National Park – upholding world standards in wildlife conservation.

If you have ever dreamed of experiencing the real Africa and the rainforest in its most primitive form, a place where you can have a thrilling yet intimate encounter with the Western Lowland Gorilla, Forest Elephants, the rare Bongo & Sitatunga, myriad of avian life and a real immersion in the mystic world of the Aka Pygmies, a world completely lost in time, then The Rep. of Central Africa is that unique African niche.

From Dzanga Sangha Ecological Park, in the south-west of the country, to Boali Falls, a town about 100 kilometers from the capital Bangui la Coquette by taking the West Road, the Central African Republic can count on assets that remain intact.

The outstanding highlight of Central African Republic is undoubtedly the Dzanga Sangha National Park that gathers all the aforementioned highlights in one remarkable juxtaposition, right here in the Bayanga village in the most Southern tip of the country. Its relative seclusion has allowed one of the most successful conservation works in the Congo Basin to take place, making it the number one eco-tourism destination in West Central Africa. Be it by road, water or air charter, the Sangha National park is open for you. We’re just waiting for your call.

Untamed and far-flung, its remoteness has enabled it to be the privileged habitats for Congo Basin endangered species.

 

Highlights:

Safari:

  • The Western Lowland Gorilla trekking in Dzanga Ndki NP
  • The African Forest Elephants in the observation platform in Dzanga Baï
  • Dwarf Buffalo
  • Blue Duiker – Bongo – Sitatunga
  • Birding: African Grey Parrot, Grey Heron, Hartlaub Duck, Sandpiper, Turako ect…
  • Pangolin, snake & crocodile

Adventure:

  • Pirogue ride on the Sangha River
  • Forest Walk (including night walk in quest of nocturnal birds and mammals)
  • Bayanga village walk

 

Culture:

  • Net Hunting with the Bayaka Pygmies
  • Cultural experience of the Pygmies including hut building, forest expedition
  • Medicinal plants of the Pygmies
  • Pygmy traditional dance.

A mixture of abundant wildlife, spectacular topography, varied cultures, and political stability makes Cameroon the number one place to visit in sub-Saharan Africa.

Cameroon is the most stable and diverse country in West Central Africa and is thus rightly portrayed ‘Africa in Miniature’. Here you find every bit of what Africa has to offer to the world, be it wildlife, landscape, topography, culture, people and even football.

Cameroon is distinguished by a variety of landscapes, beautiful beaches, such as on the island of Manoka, mountain ranges forged by volcanic activity, desert plains and high plateaus. The Trinational de la Sangha and the Dja Wildlife Reserves, two UNESCO World Heritage sites, reveal the country’s biodiversity.

The beauty of Cameroon can be found everywhere in the dramatic and contrasting landscape as well as the friendly and outgoing people who live in this country. The terrain here is as varied as the language with over 230 local languages complementing the English and French speaking regions.

High mountain ranges score a path down the West of the country, making way for the sweeping coastlines and beaches that circumnavigate the coastal south.

Lush, fertile plantations give way to mountain chains, savannah and rainforests which are gateways to a variety of wildlife including the rare Cross River Gorilla and big mammals.
Cameroon is attractive for every type of traveller in both seasons – dry season (Nov – Mar), rainy season (April – Oct) with year round temperature variation between 20 – 25°C.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Natural history: – Great safari destination:

  • Western Lowland Gorilla Safari in Campo Ma’an NP and Lobeke where you also get a close encounter with African Forest Elephants, Bongo, Sitatunga and other antelopes, Buffalo, Chimps, Leopard and a wide species of birds.
  • Game drive in six NP in the northern part, of which Benoué NP, Faro NP, Kalamaloue NP, Waza and Bouba Ndjida PK’s are habitat for Lions, Savannah Elephants, Giraffe, Gazelles, Derby Eland, Kobs, Baboun, and big birds like Ostrich and Eagle.
  • Cross River Gorilla Safari in the Takamande NP
  • Elephant safari in the Mt Cameoon NP
  • Botanic and scientific research in the Korup NP
  • Safari Hunting in Lobeke and Faro Parks
  • Fishing Safari on the Sanaga River around the locality of Yoyo.

Culture:

  • Forest expedition to the Baka Pygmies in the Dja Reserve and the Eastern Region and the Bakola in the Southern part of the country.
  • The Western Highlands, home to the Semi Bantu Tikar people of which the Bamileke & the Bamoun are world-famous for their bravery and skill as warriors, farmers, artisans, metal-workers and business people.
  • The Bantu tribes of the southern region.
  • The Sudanese-Sahel people of the Grant North including the Massa, Mousgoum, Toupouri and the Bororo just to name few.
  • The Yaounde National Museum – The Douala Maritime Museum

Adventure:

  • Douala & Yaoundé city tours, testifying the marks of colonial era in the Country.
  • Vibrant and colourful markets in Douala, Yaoundé and all over the ten regions and villages
  • Nature trek to a wide selection of spectacular waterfalls including the Ekom Nkam Falls, the Metche Falls in the West, and the Lobe Falls in the coastal town of Kribi
  • Mountain trekking in Mt Cameroon, Mt Manengouba, Mt Kupe, Mt Alantika and much more.
  • Excursion to vast tropical plantations of Palm oil, Banana, Pineapple, Coffee, Cotton, pepper, Tea and Cocoa.