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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

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The autonomous district of Abidjan and the region of the great bridges

PRESENTATION
7th most populated city in West Africa, the tourist district of Abidjan is composed of Songon, Anyama, Bingerville and the region of Great Bridges. The capital city of Côte d’Ivoire has within it an important part of the infrastructures of all sectors of activity.

INFRASTRUCTURE
FHB International Airport
The Autonomous Port of Abidjan
Felix Houphouët Boigny Bridge
Charles De Gaulle Bridge
Henry Konan Bedie Bridge
Administrative City
Roadways
The Jacqueville bridge
Schools of Dabou
The Protestant Hospital of Dabou


POPULATION
The autonomous district of Abidjan and the region of Great Bridges are composed of several peoples such as Ebrie, Akie, Adioukrou, Alladjan, Avikam, Ahizi, Abidji, Mbatto...…  

TOURIST SITES AND ATTRACTIONS

Abidjan
The Banco National Park
Located in the heart of the economical capital of Abidjan and straddling the cities of Abobo, Yopougon and Attecoube, the Banco National Park is a relic of the primary forest that once covered the area of Abidjan. It harbours species of wood that have become rare (mahogany, avodire...). There are many birds and monkeys. A dozen chimpanzees still live there.

 Hiking trails have been created for those who enjoy walking and also for green tourism lovers.

The Museum of Civilizations
This museum is open to the public and offers a permanent exhibition about the identity and the mixing of Ivorian cultures. It is located in the town of Plateau.

The Saint-Paul of Plateau Cathedral
The first stone of this cathedral was blessed on 11th May, 1980 by Pope Jean Paul II on the occasion of his first pastoral visit to Cote d’Ivoire while the consecration of the whole building was on 10th August, 1985 during his second visit in the country. The Cathedral is located in Abidjan and was built by the Italian architect Aldo Spirito, on the initiative of the late President Felix Houphouet Boigny.

Handicraft Centre of Abidjan (CAVA)
Organized like a small village, the Handicraft Centre of Abidjan is compartmentalized with a succession of huts sometimes made of bricks sometimes made of clays and covered with clink. It’s a place of exposition of handicraft works.
 
Billionaires Bay
The Billionaires Bay is a district of fairy and luxurious buildings built on the Boulay Island, located in the northwest of Abidjan, the economical capital.

The Autonomous Port of Abidjan
The most important port of West Africa in front of the Lagos Port and the Autonomous Port of Dakar and the second most important port of all Africa after Durban’s in South Africa is the one of Abidjan. Built in deep water, (13.5 meters) it became necessary because of the rapid increase of the level of trade. It was inaugurated in 1951.

The Abidjan Zoo

Established in 1930, the Zoological Park of Abidjan was a private structure which was nationalized in 1972. It covers about ten hectares and has many varieties of animals, among which we can notice monkeys, birds, civets, genets, mongooses, crocodiles (gavials crocos, alligators, caimans ...), turtles, pythons and elephants that impress so much the visitors.

 

Bingerville

Dalihafleur Nature Reserve
Since 2004, this flower plantation of ​​157 hectares originally created by an economic operator, has become a property of the State of Cote d’Ivoire, and has been erected as a Reserve for the preservation of biodiversity and development of eco-tourism activities. Dahliafleur is a nature reserve offering floristic diversity as well as tourist and ecological potential.

The Botanical Garden
By decision of Governor Angoulvant, was created in 1904 the Botanical Garden, an area arranged in the municipality of Bingerville for the conservation and experimentation of various plant species.

 

Songon

Songon Park
Located a few kilometers from Abidjan on the road to Jacqueville, the Songon park complex is a charming place which offers visitors facilities for ceremonies, relaxation and leisure.

 

 

THE REGION OF GREAT BRIDGES

Dabou

The Fort of Dabou
In order to protect themselves against the invasion of another colonial power, the French led by Commander FAIDHERBE, built in just ten days the fort of Dabou on the Ebrie lagoon in 1853. After being defeated by Prussia (ex kingdom within the German empire) in 1871, Arthur VERDIER, who became meanwhile the new commander, abandoned the fort of Dabou.

The Palmafrique plantations of Yassap
As the name suggests, Palmafrique is an agro-industrial company specialized in the production and processing of palm seeds. The company has 3 agro-industrial sites spread over 7,500 ha in Anguededou, Dabou and Eloka. The company headquarter is located in Abidjan (Marcory).

Hevea plantations and the Toupah factory
The department of Dabou is full of vast rubber plantations, in particular those of the SAPH which extend over an area of ​​more than 7300 ha.

Located in the south of Cote d’Ivoire in the department of Dabou, at 75 km from Abidjan, the SAPH Factory is an integrated farm unit. It produces 19% of the annual production of rubber and exports centrifuged latex (liquid) used in the manufacture of products such as bottle nipples, condoms and many more.


Jacqueville

The beaches of Jacqueville
The discreetly charming city of Jacqueville has calm and relaxing beaches due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, on the Gulf of Guinea.
It is a quiet village situated west side of Abidjan.

The coconut plantations of Jacqueville
The exploitation and drying of coconuts is the main activity of the peoples of this locality. Almost every family own a parcel of coconut grove. In addition to being fishermen, they are also farmers.

The Church of Papa Nouveau
The Church of Papa Nouveau has always attracted many people and is a place of pilgrimage. Prophet Papa Nouvea, founder of this church bearing his name, was born in Toukouzou in 1901, and has begun his mission of prophet in January 1937.

Grand-Lahou

The National Park of Azagny
Created on April 4th, 1981 as hunting reserve until 1954, the park was classified in 1960 as a partial wildlife reserve.
Located in the region of the Great Bridges more precisely in the sub-prefecture of Grand-Lahou, Azagny National Park covers an area of ​​19 400 ha.

Fresco

Fresco mangroves
They are located between Fresco and Assinie. It is possible to take a look at them through a canoe trip.


CULTURE

The ‘’Low’’, Feast of Generation
Being one of the different cultural expressions for Adioukrou people, the ‘’Low’’ confers a social identity on the individual and attests the maturity of a young man who passes from childhood to adulthood. It is the foundation of social, political, economical and warlike life in accordance with norms and values. It takes place every 2 years, by age category, in the period from August to September.

The Agbandji, wealth celebration
Unlike the feast of generation which is a collective feast and the first fundamental level, the second intermediate level called the Agbandji feast or celebration of gratitude or nobility feast, the Agbandji is an individual feast that depends on the financial capacities of the applicant.
It is an occasion of rejoicing, in which the individual expresses his gratitude to the whole community for their support, for his assets (traditionally: land, plantation, gold, silver and loincloth), for having founded a family, and for the life.

The Fatchue
It is a ceremony marked by various cultural performances: War dances "Fatchué" followed by a women parade called "Kpapkatcha". Also known as a feast of generation, the Fatchué celebrated by some Akan peoples including the Ebrie is an initiatory ceremony marking the transition from adolescence to adulthood of men and women in the "Atchan" society.

Mapouka Dance
Rejoicing dance executed with the buttocks, Mapouka is a famous dance that has crossed the borders of Cote d’Ivoire.

PS: This dance is executed by women only.

 

 

Where to stay

Abidjan
Hôtel PULLMAN
Sofitel hôtel Ivoire
Heden golf Hôtel
Hôtel Ibis
Hôtel Tiama
Novotel
Radisson blu
Azalaï
Onomo
Ivotel
Hôtel Rose blanche
Résidence Ohinéné
Résidence Dippoka
Résidence Eburnéa

Dabou
- Cité des Boss Hotel: 23 00 56 79/57 68 50 52
- Espérance Hotel: 04 37 05 48
- Ludo Bar Hotel: 07 13 34 04
- Residence of the Palmeraie Hotel: 59 58 69 98
- Vallon Hotel: 07 83 13 56/01 18 78 15
- Iman's Hotel: 01 77 72 36
- The other bank: 07 69 34 44/48 56 37 10
- Hotel Residence Leboutou: 03 88 50 54/47 53 77 53/59 88 74 02/41 28 82 63
- Akparo: 23 57 24 38/05 76 76 74
- SOPRESCI: 23 57 28 05/07 02 81 34


Songon
- Songon Park: 22 42 82 18/05 22 22 22


Jacqueville
- le Matin Fisherman Hotel: 59 53 10 29/40 98 81 75
- les Oliviers Hotel: 44 86 69 86/01 05 58 5
- Ocean Beach Hotel: 66 50 03 56
- Saint Antoine Hotel: 23 57 73 13/09 02 02 50

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