Situated on the west coast of Africa, Cote d’Ivorie covers 322,000 sq. kms. Sandy beaches and lagoons occupy the coastal region and are backed by largely depleted equatorial forest and cultivated areas. Further north, the sparsely-populated open savannah rises north and northwest.

The Comoe National Park is in the northwest. The climate is tropical, varying with distance from the coast. Rainfall is higher in the south. The two rainy seasons are May-July and October-November along the coast whilst the north has only one wet season, June-October. Temperature range 25°C to 28°C.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

The beautiful sandy beaches and tropical ranforests of Cote d’lvorie can deceive a well-meaning traveller of the risks to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on returning to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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