Expedition to the Côte d'Ivoire for the best African mask dances


February 10 - 21, 2024
Tour Ivory Coast

Экспедиция в Кот-д'Ивуар : танцы с масками, копия римского собора Св. Петра, зажигательные африканские танцы #африка #котдивуар

Do you know where the most colorful masks are in Africa?
And the most incendiary dances?
Have you seen an enlarged copy of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome?
Or maybe you know why the men of the Senufo people do not live with their wives?
Have you ever walked on a bridge built of vines?
Welcome to our expedition to Côte d'Ivoire, where we will find out the answers to these questions!

Dates: February 10 - 21, 2023

Duration: 12 days / 11 nights

Number of participants: 7 – 12

Cost per person:
— 2 990 euro subject to 11 - 12 participants, or
— 3 190 euro subject to 9 - 10 participants or
— 3 540 euro subject to 7 - 8 participants

10% early booking discount (in case you book before September 10, 2023)

All included (including all dances, rituals and ceremonies according to the program and three meals a day throughout the route), except:
- international flight to Abidjan
- visas of Côte d'Ivoire (getting on your own at the consulate of Côte d'Ivoire in advance, or electronically, for 73 euros. The cost may change).
- medical insurance.
Estimated cost of flight Moscow - Abidjan - Moscow: from 900 euros (usually purchased on your own, we consult).

Single supplement: 330 euro (provided during all itinerary)


Day 1. February 10, 2024. Abidjan Airport - Grand Bassam (30 km)

Meeting at the airport of Abidjan and transfer to the hotel in Grand Bassam. Free time.

Meals Included: No
Accommodation included: Hotel Ocean Et Lagune or similar

Recommended flights:
- Qatar Airways, flight QR1423, departure from Doha on February 10 at 01:30, arriving in Abidjan at 09:20
- Emirates, flight EK-787, departure from Dubai on February 10 at 7:40, arrival in Abidjan at 14:25
- Moroccan Airlines, flight AT-533, departure from Casablanca on February 09 at 23:45, arrival in Abidjan on February 10 at 03:15.
- another flight from any city arriving in Abidjan on 10 February.

Day 2. February 11, 2024. Grand Bassam - Yamoussoukro (235 km)

After breakfast, from 08:00 to 11:30, we will explore Grand Bassam, a historic city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Grand Bassam used to be the French colonial capital and was the main port until the middle of the 20th century. Here we will see the colonial area, the palace of the first governor of the colony, and also visit the local souvenir market.
After lunch transfer to Yamoussoukro, arrival and accommodation at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: ONYX hotel or similar

Day 3. February 12, 2024. Yamoussoukro - Bouake (150 km)

Breakfast and visit to Yamoussoukro - Sacred Cayman Lake and Basilica of Notre Dame de la Paix (listed in the Guinness Book in 1989 as the largest Christian religious building in the world).
This is an enlarged copy of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. The building can accommodate 7,000 parishioners. Marble and stained glass for the decoration of the cathedral were brought from Italy and France.
After lunch (14:00) drive to Bouaké, on the way stop at Kondeyaokro, villages of the Gbomi people, Goli dance, visit to the weavers of Baule loincloths. Then transfer to Bouaké, arrival and accommodation at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel de l'Art or similar

Day 4. February 13, 2024. Bouake

Today we will continue to get acquainted with folk crafts. First we will visit the loincloth dyers, then we will go to the potters of Tano Sakassou. And in conclusion, we will go on a tour of the city of Bouaké, during which we will visit the local market.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel de l'Art or similar

Day 5. February 14, 2024. Bouake - Korhogo - Gnanfoin Village - Korhogo (228 km)

After breakfast, we head to Korhogo, check into a hotel and drive to the small village of Gnanfoin, where we will visit an old fetish house and chat with the tribal representatives near the negotiation box. In the evening return to the city.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: Complexe Hotelier Olympe or similar

Day 6. February 15, 2024. Korhogo

Today we will devote to the study of the lands of the Senufo. Known for their craftsmanship, the Senufo are also considered to be a rather mysterious animist people.
We will also visit a handicraft market with traditional wooden sculptures and textiles, as well as weavers and women who produce shea butter.
After lunch we will see one of the most important dances of the Senufo in the village near Korhogo, the Boloye or Panther dance.
The Senufo have very interesting family traditions: married men dont't live with their wives!
Meetings of wives with husbands among the Senufo take place in the evenings and look very romantic: a man comes to his wife with gifts and treats, spends some time with her, and then leaves for his parents' house.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: Complexe Hotelier Olympe or similar

Day 7. February 16, 2024. Korhogo - Bundiali - Fulani village - Kuto (150 km)

After breakfast, we will travel around the regions inhabited by the Fulani.
The Fulani are a semi-nomadic people whose lifestyle is centered on pastoralism. Arrival in Bundiali where we meet our local guide, then head to the Fulani nomadic village.
After dinner, the traditional dance of the hunters.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: Printemps Katana Hotel or similar

Day 8. February 17, 2024. Kuto - Bundiali - Kuto (60 km)

After breakfast, visit the first Kolya hut and the Samori Ture mosque built in the 17th century, as well as the village of artisans, where we will meet women who do pottery.
Return to Bundiali for lunch, after lunch the dance of the fire-eaters called jinangoro, an amazing Senufo tradition not to be missed.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: Printemps Katana Hotel or similar

Day 9. February 18, 2024. Bundiali - Odienne (300 km)

After breakfast, departure for Odienne. We head to the lands of Malinke, once known as famous warriors and descendants of the old Mali empire, arrival and check-in at the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, a city tour where we will visit the historical mountain near the city with the possibility of climbing.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: Sana International Hotel or similar

Day 10. February 19, 2024. Odienne - Yakuba - Man - Danane - Man (270 km)

After breakfast, departure to Man, along the way we will make stops in the village of Yakuba with thatched houses, which is located in the middle of the forest, and in Tuba, where we have a wader dance, which is performed on stilts.
Arrival and check-in at the hotel. After lunch departure to Danane (80 km) to see the liana bridge to Vota, 25 km from Danane. This magnificent bridge was built over the river Cavalli. The rocky bank of the river next to the bridge leads to a magnificent island, which can serve as a resting place. Return to Man.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel Les Cascades or similar

Day 11. February 20, 2024. Man - Timbeta - Yamoussoukro (290 km)

After breakfast, visit to the waterfall and visit hermits in the sacred forest.
Departure to Timbeta for the Zauli dance of the Guro people, which is performed in bright colorful masks, which are usually crowned with ram's horns, a bird or a snake.
After this traditional dance, departure to Yamoussokro, arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: ONYX hotel or similar

Day 12. February 21, 2024. Yamoussoukro - Abidjan - Abidjan Airport (235 km)

After breakfast, early departure to Abidjan, arrival and visit to St. Paul's Cathedral on the Plateau, Great Mosque on the Plateau, visit to the washing place, visit to the market for the last shopping. Airport transfer.

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation included: no

Recommended flights:
- Qatar Airways, flight QR-1424, departure from Abidjan on February 21 at 16-55,
- Emirates flight EK-788, departure from Abidjan on 21 February at 16:25
- Moroccan Airlines, flight AT-532, departure from Abidjan on February 22 at 04-15
- another flight from any city departing from Abidjan after 16:00 on 21 February.

Cost includes:

  • accommodation in hotels according to the program on double basis
  • full board meals (3 times a day)
  • all airport transfers,
  • mineral water along the whole route,
  • transportation according to the program: comfortable minibus in a good condition with working AC
  • all entrance fees
  • all activities according to the program - rituals, ceremonies and dances
  • fee for the local communities and tribes
  • experienced English and French- speaking guide
  • Russian and English speaking team leader throughout the trip

Cost excludes (additionally paid):

  • international flight to Abijan roundtrip
  • international medical insurance
  • Cote-d'Ivoire visa (getting in the consulate in advance, or evisa, visa fee 73 euro. Visa fee may be changed)
  • single supplement
  • alcohol, soft drinks, souvenirs, personal items
  • tips

To take with:

  • wear sets fitting weather conditions, for hot and cold weather
  • at least one or two warm sets
  • long sleeve wear set,
  • repellents (is a must!),
  • mosquito net for sleeping place (is a must!),
  • comfortable closed shoes and open shoes,
  • forehead torch,
  • big backpack for luggage,
  • small backpack for personal items and camera,
  • sunblock set: cream, sunglasses, cap,
  • personal hygiene items (soap, toilet paper, towel, wet tissues, hygiene lipstick, etc.),
  • personal medical kit (analgesics, sanitizers, rehydration, antiviral, antibiotics, your personal medicine),
  • yellow feaver certificate (is a must!)
  • certificate of vaccination against meningitis and cholera (at your discretion, not a requirement),
  • anti malaria preventive pills (up to you to decide),
  • photo and video camera, tripod
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