Take a glance on what Côte D’Ivoire could offer. This country is popularly known to be the Ivory Coast. Having three of the main attractions included in the UNESCO world heritage list, this makes the country an ideal place to visit. Take a turn in the coastal town of Grand-Bassam if you want to experience the cool breeze of the ocean and wanted to escape the busy streets of the city. Climbing the Mount Nienokoue, could be a great wilderness experience if you wish to have a memorable encounter with exotic animals. As you climb to the top, you could expect breathtaking views!
Important and Interesting facts about Cote D’Ivoire
- The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire (previously known as the Ivory Coast) is a West African country that was once called the ‘teeth coast’ due to the trade in ivory. This West African country officially uses its French name, Côte d’Ivoire (pronounced kot dee-VWAHR).
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) lies in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia and slightly larger than New Mexico, US.
- Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa, which is used to make chocolate. It is also one of the largest producers and exporters of coffee and palm oil.
- Cote d’Ivoire’s Tai National Park is an ancient forest and home to the pygmy hippopotamus. It is one of the last remaining areas of virgin rainforest in West Africa. You’ll see trees up to 50m high, with massive trunks and huge supporting roots. Walking through a primary forest is a unique experience: the towering trees, hanging lianas, swift streams and resident wildlife combine to create a peaceful and enchanting environment.
- Abidjan is the largest city in Cote d’Ivoire and serves as its economic capital. It is the third-largest French-speaking population in the world.
- You don’t have to be a skilled climber to reach the 396 meters high top of “Mount Nienokoue” of Cote d’Ivoire. You’ll only need a good physical condition to walk the rough terrain in front of the mountain. Mount Nienokoue is located in the Southern part of Tai National Park, which has been a World Heritage Site since 1982. This is one of the largest unspoiled areas of rainforest remaining in West Africa.
- Notre Dame de la Paix, Cote d’Ivoire. Colossal cathedral rose following Rome Saint Peter Basilica pattern. It has a capacity for 18.000 faithful and its interior shows African art and motives.
- Cote d’Ivoire’s Grand Bassam is now just a nostalgic relic of its heyday as capital of the French colony. You can find a lot of old colonial buildings most of them are run-down and decrepit but some of the finer buildings have been maintained as tourist attractions.
- The basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, the “other” capital of Cote d’Ivoire, is worth a visit. Guiness says it’s the largest Christian church in the world. While this is not universally accepted, it is quite large … and quite strange, sitting in the middle of the Cote d’Ivoire as it does.
- Sassandra in Cote d’Ivoire is an attractive place to stay; it is located at the delta of the Sassandra River, next to the sea. The thing to do here is to make a trip with a pirogue, searching for hippos. In the mangrove trees there were monkeys swinging around and many beautiful birds.
Cool, Funny and Fun Facts about Cote D’Ivoire
- The African country of Cote d’Ivoire was the first black Republic and first non-English speaking country to win an Academy Award. The Oscar went to the country’s film ‘Black and White in Color’ when it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.
- The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire has been depicted in art works by such painters as Nancy Manning, a Canadian; Helios Darndanel, from Greece; Patrick Harrison O’Malley, an Irish artist who lived-in the Cote for many years, and Hannaford McMillan, an English artist known for paintings of African countries.
- Rainforest Running Frog is only known from western and south-western Côte d’Ivoire, from the Mount Nimba area, south to the Taï National Park. It is a terrestrial species inhabiting lowland rainforest, and living only in mature and closed-canopy forest. It breeds in large temporary forest pools.
- Worm lizard Cynisca rouxae is a species is endemic to Ivory Coast. This species of lizard is legless.
- Wimmer’s shrew (Crocidura wimmeri) is a white-toothed shrew found only in Côte d’Ivoire.
- A symphytognathid spider Anapistula caecula (Natuurinformatie) may be the smallest of all the world’s spiders. It is endemic to Côte d’Ivoire.
- Euphaedra aubergeri, Auberger’s Forester is found in north-western Côte d’Ivoire. The habitat consists of forests.
- The Senegal bushbaby (Galago senegalensis), also known as the Senegal galago, the lesser galago or the lesser bush baby, is a small, nocturnal primate with woolly thick fur that ranges from silvery grey to dark brown. They have large eyes, giving them good night vision; strong hind limbs; and long tails, which help them to balance. Their ears are made up of four segments that can bend back individually, to aid their hearing when hunting insects at night. They are found in the forests of Côte d’Ivoire.
- The striped dolphin has a similar size and shape to several other dolphins that inhabit the waters it does and they occur in the seas of Côte d’Ivoire. However, its colouring is very different and makes it relatively easy to notice at sea. The underside is blue, white, or pink. One or two black bands circle the eyes, and then run across the back, to the flipper.
- The pink-backed pelican is found in a range of aquatic habitats, but prefers quiet backwaters with shallow water, avoiding steep, vegetated lake banks. It prefers for freshwater lakes, swamps, large slow-flowing rivers, and seasonal pools but also frequents reservoirs, seasonally flooded land and flood-plains near river mouths of Côte d’Ivoire.
Historical and Cultural facts about Cote D’Ivoire
- Côte d’Ivoire was originally made up of numerous isolated settlements; today it represents more than sixty distinct tribes, including the Baoule, Bete, Senoufou, Agni, Malinke, Dan, and Lobi.
- Little is known about Cote d’Ivoire’s first inhabitants, but weapon and tool fragments confirm the presence of early settlements.
- Between AD1000 to 1500, Muslim merchants established trade routes from northern Africa to Cote d’Ivoire. They came for gold and ivory. A number of kingdoms emerged at this time, including the Senufo people at Kong and the Dyula, craftsmen in gold.
- In the late 17th century, Bounkani migrants from modern-day Ghana moved into Cote d’Ivoire and formed a kingdom around Bouna. This became a centre for Islamic learning, like Kong.
- Côte d’Ivoire attracted both French and Portuguese merchants in the 15th century who were in search of ivory. French traders set up establishments early in the 19th century, and in 1842, the French obtained territorial concessions from local tribes.
- Before being occupied by Europeans, Côte d’Ivoire played host to important states like the Kong Empire, Gyaaman and Baoule.
- Côte d’Ivoire is a member country of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)? The country gained it membership in the 1960s and since then has been sending athletes to take part in the prestigious Games tournament.
- Côte d’Ivoire first took part in the Miss Universe pageant in July 1986, in Panama City when the country was represented by Marie Francoise Koume.
- The traditional music style of many of the ethnic groups of Cote d’Ivoire is characterized by a series of rhythms and melodies that occur simultaneously, without one dominating the other. Music is used in many aspects of the culture; the Dan celebrates rice, death, marriage, birth, and weather all with music.
- Instruments in Cote d’Ivoire include the Talking drum, djembe, Kpalogo, Shekere (Youroo), Akombe, and cleavers, and are typically made with local materials, such as gourds, animal skins, and horns.
- The Fêtes des Masques, (Festival of Masks) held in November in the region of Man is one of Cote d’Ivoire’s biggest and best-known festivals. Competitions between villages are held in order to find the best dancers, and to pay homage to the forest spirits embodied in the intricate masks.