Tai National Park
Tai National Park © Guillaume Mignot
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.
This is 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 Ministry of Tourism in Abidjan, and can stay in the nearby village of Tai.