Located in West Africa between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, Côte d'Ivoire is a small paradisiacal square of about 550 km side and covers a total area of 322,463 km2.
The administrative and political capital of the country, Yamoussoukro in the heart of the country, in the center, is home to one of the largest Christian religious buildings in the world, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. The economic capital is Abidjan, a large African megalopolis with a lagoon plan, south, on the coast and along the Atlantic Ocean.
This beautiful country is relatively flat, with some reliefs in the west; there is the highest point in the country, Mount Nimba which rises to 1752 m. The southern part of the country is covered with forest due to the equatorial climate, hot and humid. The northern part consists of savannas, more or less wooded, due to the drier tropical climate. For nature lovers, this country is an exceptional destination to discover with its two million hectares of wooded savannahs, lush forests, its diverse fauna and flora, its 08 national parks and its 21 nature reserves.
We begin our series of articles on the Ivory Coast by the city of Yamoussoukro, political capital of the country.
Leaving Abidjan, the economic capital, we leave by road as we approach the northern highway, which connects the two capitals. At the exit of Abidjan, after 13 km of road, we have a modern toll station. If you decide to rent a car in Abidjan for your visit to Yamoussoukro, you need to provide around 8 euros for the 2 toll stations at the exit of Abidjan and the second which is located in the village of SINGROBO about 80 km from Yamoussoukro. The 8 euros will allow you to pay the tolls to go and return.
We arrive in Yamoussoukro after 2 hours drive. I look forward to seeing the Basilica our Lady of Peace and the Crocodile Lake.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, is the work of the founding father of modern Ivory Coast
Mr. Félix Houphouet Boigny, 1st president of the country after independence.
Arrived at the foot of the Basilica, I am surprised to see that it is a true replica of Saint Peter of Rome
in Italy. It is a truly impressive building that can be seen from the most remote parts of the city.
The city has two hotels of international dimensions namely the Hotel President and the Parliamentary
Hotel or foreign tourists can stay during their visit to the Basilica. We invite tourists to discover this splendid
unique Basilica in Africa. I was pleasantly surprised to see here in Africa such a futuristic masterpiece.
After the Basilica, I go to Crocodile Lake, watching these reptiles sunbathe on the
banks of the lake. Behind the protective grid, one can sit there, hours and hours watching
these impressive reptiles. They have been there for decades, so we have all sizes. It is a real
tourist attraction. I do not remember how many pictures I took so much glued to this show that
offers these beautiful reptiles. Yamoussoukro is definitely captivating, in our next editions,
I will give you more information on the history of the Basilica and the crocodile lake, however
I invite you dear readers to live your own experience with this mesmerizing city of Yamoussoukro
; its exceptional buildings in an Africa in perfect mutation that one should not see anymore with
the clichés that one had of her for several years.