Tai National Park, Ivory Coast - Stein Travel



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Welcome to Tai National Park

The Parc National de Tai (Tai National Park) is undoubtedly the most staggering natural attraction that the Ivory Coast has to offer. One of the last remaining areas of virgin rainforest in the whole of Africa, the Park was inscribed in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites as far back as 1982. The spectacular primary forests, filled with trees that reach up to 150 feet (46m) - blocking out the sunlight, and allowing for a dark, dank, and dense undergrowth to flourish - are also home to no less than five species of mammal included in the 'red list' on endangered animals: pygmy hippopotamuses, Olive Colobus monkeys, leopards, chimpanzees and Jentink's Duikers. Visitors to the park require a permit from the Ministy of Tourism in Abidjan, and can stay in the nearby village of Tai.


Language
The official language of Ivory Coast is French but more than 60 native dialects are spoken.
Money

The official currency is the CFA Franc (XOF), divided into 100 centimes. The CFA Franc is linked to the Euro. New notes were issued in 2004 and only those issued by the Bank of West African States ( Banque des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest) are valid currency. There are a few ATMs in Abidjan but most will accept only Visa cards. It is unwise to use an ATM that is not guarded. Credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and better restaurants. Most shops require cash. Travellers cheques are accepted in banks, as well as some tourist orientated hotels and restaurants.


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