All the best of the Ivory Coast in an itinerary that winds between modernity and tradition, between skyscrapers and clay huts, passing through lush forests, markets teeming with vendors and goods, bridges of lianas suspended on the rivers, and the enchanting beaches of the Atlantic coast. A unique opportunity to get in touch with the many ethnic groups that inhabit this territory, from Dan to Wè, from Baulè to Senoufo, up to Peulh and Akan.
We will go into the heart of the savannah, into the vast cocoa plantations and we will be surprised by the vibrant energy of Abidjan. We will admire the classical architecture of Yamoussoukro, with its imposing basilica, built on the model of St. Peter in the Vatican, and we will visit the Kong mosque, a striking example of Sudanese architecture on the bench. In the villages we will be able to observe expert artisans at work, attend acrobatic dances, divinations between spirits and fetishes, initiation ceremonies and the evolution of masks on stilts, protagonists of animist spirituality. Finally, we will conclude our circuit on the sea, between the wild west coast, the scenic Sassandra and Grand Bassam, historic city and ancient capital of the French Colony in West Africa.
Day 1 :
Welcome and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 :
The royal palace of the Indenié Agni and the meeting with the courtiers.
Day 3 :
The Komian dances, animist priestesses possessed by spirits, and the cocoa plantations.
Day 4 :
The imposing Yamoussokro basilica and the Goly masks of the Baulé.
Day 5 :
The Kong mud mosque and the landscapes of the Sahel.
Day 6 :
Craft traditions, between fire masters and artists capable of impressing Pablo Picasso.
Day 7 :
The “panther dance” Boloye, the ritual of the Poro of the young Senoufo, the houses of fetishes in Niofoin and the Peulh villages.
Day 8 :
The Angoro dance of the young Senoufo girls and the donso hunters, connoisseurs of the occult and plants.
Day 9 :
The Malinké villages and the masks on the Yacouba stilts.
Day 10 :
Dan’s liana bridges, falls, and Man monkeys.
Day 11 :
Towards the Atlantic coast, for a dip in the magnificent Drewin Bay.
Day 12 :
The colonial forts, the Fanti district and the Sassandra fish market.
Day 13 :
Chimpanzee Island and Mangroves on the Tagba Lagoon.
Day 14 :
Grand Lahou/Abidjan/Grand Bassam
The skyline of cosmopolitan Abidjan and Grand Bassam beach.
Day 15 :
The colonial remains in the “Quartier de France” in Grand Bassam.
Day 16 :
Arrival at the destination airport.