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Dangers & Annoyances

  • Abidjan and other parts of the south are now entirely safe to visit.
  • Avoid Bouaké: it's prone to outbreaks of political and military violence.
  • If you're heading to the border with Liberia, check with locals first: tensions flare sporadically.
  • Take care when walking at night – it's unwise to walk alone outside of well-populated areas.
  • Beware of riding in cars without a seatbelt, and in general, if driving – there is a high rate of motor accidents here.
  • People drown in the fierce currents and ripping undertow of the Atlantic every year – often strong, overly confident swimmers. Don't swim anywhere the locals won't.