Cycle Guide Ivory Coast

Cycling in Ivory Coast can be pleasant, especially after you’ve when you come from Liberia or Guinea. The country has a large coastline with a lot of relaxing places. For a big part, the jungle has been replaced by many plantations. 

Visa

A visa is required.

Liberia, Monrovia

iOverlander / OSM

  • Transit, $50
  • 1 month, single entry, $70
  • 3 months, multiple entry, $100
  • 6 months, multiple entry, $150
Ghana, Accra

iOVerlander / OSM

According to a review in iOverlander you have to pay online first, then visit the embassy. There is no information about length of visas.

  • $58
Sierra Leone, Freetown

iOVerlander / OSM

  • 3 months, multiple entry, $70
  • 6 months, multiple entry, $120
Other

Quick facts

 

Language French, local languages 
Currency CFA (2019: €1 = CFA 655) 
Religion Christianity, Islam, Animism
Climate Tropical 
SIM card Orange
GDP-rank #139 (of 192 countries)

 

Border crossings

Liberia
Guinea

See & Do

Man

iOverlander / OSM

Watch the stilt dancing or visit the La Cascade – a waterfall. The area appears to be a good hiking place. The roads are rather muddy.

Parc National de Tai

iOVerlander / OSM

Find refreshment under the rumbling Wli waterfall and explore the mountainous region around the Volta reservoir. It’s a beautiful area with plenty of awesome bike routes.

Coastline

iOVerlander / OSM

Explore the vibrant and historical coastline by visiting Abidjan, Grand Bassam and Assinie.

Sleeping

Wild camping

Possible, but there are lots of people everywhere, so consider asking permission first.

Formal Camping

A great way of meeting locals and sleeping in your own comfortable bed. Ask anyone in a village and they will search a spot for you.

Ho(s)tels

Most cities have accommodation. Room with fan should be around 5.000 CFA, with AC a bit more. Expect bucket showers.

WS / CS

Not very common, only big cities offer CS hosts.

Other

Food & Drinks
  • Onroad: Omelette+bread / Spaghetti (±800 CFA) 
  • Local food: Attieke, fufu
  • Local drink: Palm wine
Bike shops

Abidjan (iOverlander / OSM)

Safety

Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities.

Routes
  • Liberia to Ghana (gpx)

Video

Blog

#17 – Resuming my trip from Ivory Coast

I walk out of the airport and like a magnet, a bunch of taxi drivers approach me. Unfortunate for them I found a taxi driver inside the airport. I enter the taxi and he drives me to my host. While we find our way through the rain and the dark […]

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#16 – A thousand plantations in Ivory Coast

Entering Ivory Coast “Where are you going to?”, an official at the Liberian immigration office at the border asks. “To Abidjan in Ivory Coast”, I respond. “You’re going to Abidjan with your bike?”, he asks with disbelief. When I confirm, he asks the same question again. “It’s just a short […]

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