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Experience the charm of West Africa. Abidjan, the former capital of the Ivory Coast, is still its most populous city and commercial centre. As the second largest city in West Africa, Abidjan is a cultural hub in the region and boasts a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and places of interest, as well as a vibrant nightlife. With all this and more on offer in Côte d'Ivoire it’s not surprising Abidjan is sometimes referred to as the “Paris of Africa”.

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Why visit Abidjan?

  • Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, this beautiful gem is one of the major landmarks in the city, built in 1985 in honour of the Pope it is certainly an attraction worth seeing.
  • The Vridi beaches are the perfect way to spend a day in this city, surrounded by scenic ocean views and cafés it is a great escape for any day of the week.
  • The Vridi beaches are the perfect way to spend a day in this city, surrounded by scenic ocean views and cafés it is a great escape for any day of the week.
West African Franc (CFA).
Dialing Code:
00 + 225 + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~ 7.52 XPF
Time Zone:
UTC +0 (Abidjan is 2 hours behind South Africa).
Drives on the right.
Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport – ABJ
Travel Adaptor:
Type C/ E (Frequency: 50 Hz- Voltage: 230 V)

The best time to visit Abidjan would be December till April. During these months the weather is pleasant enough to enjoy your days sightseeing.

The official language that is spoken in Abidjan is French.

  • The Ivory Coast is the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans.
  • Abidjan was founded at the end of the 19th century by French colonists.
  • The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in the Ivory Coast capital of Yamoussoukro is the largest church building in the world.

Places of interest in Abidjan include the National Museum and the National Library of the Ivory Coast, the public zoo, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Cocody Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art. Natural attractions include Bassam Beach and the Parc du Banco rainforest reserve.

St Paul’s Cathedral was designed by the Italian Aldo Spiritom and has a number of very beautiful stained glass windows. The small Museum of Contemporary Art has a permanent collection of works by contemporary Ivorian and other African artists, and regularly houses exciting temporary exhibits.

The Parc du Banco rainforest reserve, on the northwest edge of Abidjan, has very pleasant walking trails and a lake.

If you are interested in shopping, the Marche de Cocody is a good bet – its top floor is specially geared for tourists. There is live jazz in the garden of the Butterfly Lounge on Thursday nights, and Le Village Ki-Yi restaurant offers a live show with dinner that includes traditional performances by singers, dancers and musicians. Several restaurants offer dancing and live bands on certain nights, including Place Vendôme, Le Cabane Bambou and Jaguar Bar.

This is a fairly safe city to visit, although it is advised to remain vigilant at all times. If you do plan on doing walking tours through the city you should not carry any valuables with you (less is at times better).

The traditional cuisine in Abidjan is based on grains, pork, chicken, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables. Abidjan is known for serving the most tantalising barbecued or grilled fish and chicken, and peanut butter stews, if you plan on exploring the street food in this city then Garba which is deep fried pieces of tuna are a must. The Garba’s in Abidjan have been described as ‘The King of Street Food’ in this city.

The best restaurants in Abidjan:

  • Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire
  • Nuit de Saigon
  • Kaiten Sushi Restaurant
  • La Taverne Romaine
  • Le Mechoui

The most practiced religions in this city is Islam and Christianity. The locals are extremely welcoming and accepting of other religions. When visiting you will get to experience the culture of this city which is often expressed through their cuisine, dress code, architecture and the way in which locals interact with one another. It is definitely a unique African experience.

South African passport holders travelling to Abidjan do require a Visa to enter the Ivory Coast. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.

Address: Villa Marc Andre Rue Monseigneur Rene Koussi, Cocody President 08 BP 1806 Abidjan 08 Cote d´Ivoire

Telephone: (+225) 22 44 59 63 / (+225) 22 44 75 34

Fax: (+225) 22 44 74 50

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Item Cape Town Johannesburg Abidjan
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 108.80
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 55.89
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 57.26
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 13.74
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 18.32

Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport – ABJ

Abidjan International Airporta, also known as Port Bouet or Félix Houphouët-Boigny Airport, is located about 16km from the centre of Abidjan. The airport is managed by Aeria, a private Ivorian company, and offers regular flights throughout Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Airport Hub: Port Bouet Abidjan Airport (code ABJ) is a hub for Air Côte d’Ivoire.

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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