Ivory Coast is a stone throw away from Ghana but with several failed attempts to visit, I left Hong Kong with a visa in hand determined to enter this beautiful country. “This is our gift to you for traveling in Africa,” said the immigration officer who handed me my passport with a 1-year multiple entry Ivory Coast visa free of charge. He was fascinated by my journey across the continent so we chatted for a while as I shared images of other African countries I had visited. This exchange took place in Abidjan towards the end of my 12-day journey across Ivory Coast. I had a fantastic time exploring a few cities there so with plans to return shortly, I decided to secure a visa for re-entry prior to my departure. I will later share my wonderful memories and recommendations for Ivory Coast but I will start with my challenges entering the country so you won’t get stuck at the border as I did.
Early one Saturday morning, I left Accra and headed west towards the Ivory Coast border with a private driver. I had no clue that I was about to embark on the most eventful border crossing of my West Africa tour. I could have caught STC bus which I have mentioned in an earlier post for 160 Cedis ~ 30 USD from Accra to Abidjan but I would have fewer stories to tell had I taken the straight road. My plans for a road adventure with 2 other travelers fell through so I continued on solo since the driver was already reserved.