Trip to Ivory Coast at Easter 2019 (8days / 7 nights)
In Grand Bassam, the old capital of Ivory Coast, we will begin our trip. The old mansions of the Grand Bassam colonial district (UNESCO heritage), its art galleries, its cafés and restaurants and its relaxed atmosphere invite you to discover this historical city on foot.
In Yamoussoukro, eccentric capital of the Ivory Coast is the colossal basilica of Our Lady of Peace, a place that will leave the traveler speechless.
We will stop in the Baulé country where we will attend a Goli mask dance.
The Baulé people have the same lineage as the Akan people originally from Ghana. Like the Akan, the Baulé people have maintained their complex social hierarchy and their own cultural traditions.
On our way to the north of Ivory Coast, we will visit the mosque of Kong, Sudanese style.
We will continue our trip to the heart of Senufo country; Korhogo, known for their handicrafts. Each village in the surroundings develops its own specialty with great mastery, weavers, blacksmiths, tanners, etc.
In the afternoon we will visit the neighborhood of Korhogo where the Karite butter is produced and then we will be able to attend the initiatory dance of the panther men, known as the Boloye dance.
On the way to Boundiali we will turn off towards Niofoin, the most beautiful and interesting town in the whole region. Around Boundiali we will visit traditional Peul villages nestled in the middle of the savannah, where women wear lipstick tattoos and colorful dresses.
At dusk we will witness again another incredible dance, possibly one of the most spectacular in Cote d'Ivoire, where women with bare torso will dance to the rhythm of balafon and flutes while a dancer will dance on fire.
We continue our journey towards the region of Dix-Huit Montagnes in the west of Ivory Coast, home of the Dan ethnic group, famous for its sacred acrobatic dances and its striking masks, where we will camp in a beautiful traditional village next to the sacred forest.
In Man we will visit its interesting market and we will have the opportunity to make a small hiking trail in the surrounding mountains.