The largest city and the de facto capital of Ivory Coast, Abidjan carries on its shoulders the old world traditions as well the upcoming future of the country. A culturally rich city, traveling is an unexceptional thrilling experience if the law of the land is followed. For those visiting the West African strip, a must see would be Abidjan’s energetic nightlife and line-up of tantalizing restaurants.
When to Travel
Abidjan experiences a tropical monsoon climate all year round and most months from May through July are showered with heavy rain. Avoid the above said months and Abidjan is a pleasant place with rain gods always looking down, but it’s not that disturbing.
Abidjan is a big city, so discovering the place as you walk would be a bad idea. In addition, the city is not safe for cyclers either. Thus, the only option remaining would be public transport that includes taxis, buses, and boats. Moreover, you could also hire a motorcycle for your own sweet ride.
Taxis: There are two types of taxis in Abidjan: the orange colored and the varied colored. The orange colored taxis are ideal if you want travel singly, but these are quite expensive. In fact, the drivers need some bit of advised bargaining to lower down the rates. Get deep into the neighborhoods and you will discover various color taxis depending upon the area they operate. These are less expensive but you have to share them and the distance traveled is limited to the neighborhood.
Metered taxis are ‘supposed’ to exist but do not, thus leaving the deal to the driver and bargainier.
Buses: Buses is another cheap option of public transport though you will more often find them over-crowded. Besides, pickpockets have their own thing going on in such busy areas, so it better to remain alert, safe and secure.
Boat: Crossing the lagoon means taking a ferry ride that is the right choice by any means. Watching the Abidjan city on the horizon is sight worth remembering.