Fly To Abidjan, Ivory Coast
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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Ivory Coast Visa Requirements
- 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.
See and do
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.
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.
Since October 2011 there have been a number of development projects to increase capacity at the airport. These include renovation of the international terminal, rehabilitation of the charter terminal and development of new infrastructure. Plans are under way for the extension of the international terminal from 11 000 m2 to 26 000 m2, renovation of access roads to the airport and the construction of a new parking area.
Airport Hotel: In June 2012 the Radisson Hotels Group began construction of a new 252-room, five-star hotel at the airport. It is expected to be completed by July 2014.
Airport Hub: Port Bouet Abidjan Airport (code ABJ) is a hub for Air Côte d’Ivoire.