Daily Archives: 2008-09-21

Douala Population (Cameroon): 18,468,000Currency: CFA francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 25ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +237 GETTING AROUNDDouala International Airport is 10km from the city and taxis charge CFA 3,000 (€4.50) in the day and CFA 4,000 (€6) at night to take you into town. First-time visitors are best booking an airport pick-up through their hotel. […]


Banjul Population (The Gambia): 1,735,000Currency: DalasiAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 27ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +220 GETTING AROUNDBanjul has a simple taxi payment system for tourists, which works out more expensive than the everyday yellow taxis but saves a lot of hassle. Green tourist taxis will take you from the airport to the main hotel/beach centre […]


Yaounde Population (Cameroon): 18,468,000Currency: CFA francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 22ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +237 GETTING AROUNDYaoundé Nsimalen International Airport is 28km from the city centre. The official taxi tarif is CFA 5,000 (€7.60) from 6am to 10pm and CFA 6,000 (€9.15) from 10pm to 6am. EAT OUTThe aroma of well-spiced fish greets you as […]


Freetown Population (Sierra Leone): 6,295,000Currency: LeoneAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 25ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +232 GETTING AROUNDThe most efficient way to Aberdeen in the west of the capital is by hovercraft, run by Diamond Airlines Hovercraft Services. It costs SLL 150,000 (€32) and takes 20 minutes. You can also catch a ferry from Tagrin to […]


Conakry Population (Guinea): 10,211,000Currency: Guinean francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 25ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +224 GETTING AROUNDA taxi from Conakry International Airport to the city centre takes about 30 minutes and costs around GNF 50,000 (€7). Most hotels can arrange taxi transfers – make sure you negotiate the price before you leave. EAT OUTFormerly known […]


Kigali Population (Rwanda): 10,186,000Currency: Rwandan francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 21.5ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +250 GETTING AROUNDKigali International Airport is only a few minutes’ drive from the city centre, but be prepared to pay about RWF 5,400 (€6.40) for a taxi. Some of the big hotels arrange airport shuttles, but you must tell them in […]


Luanda Population (Angola): 12,531,000Currency: Kwanza (AOA)Average temp. (Jul-Aug): 20ºCCountry code for Angola: +244 Ideally situated alongside the Atlantic coast, Linda Martindale explores Angola’s bustling capital, Luanda Angola is getting back on its proverbial feet after nearly three decades of war came to an end in 2002. While the infrastructure is still crippled on the […]


Bujumbura Population (Burundi): 8,691,000Currency: Burundi francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 24.5ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +257 GETTING AROUNDBujumbura International Airport lies 11km outside the city centre. It’s a relatively hassle-free experience to get into town – just be sure to use an official taxi, which should cost around BIF 1,000 (€0,50). EAT OUTIf you fancy refined […]


Nairobi Population (Kenya): 37,954,000Currency: Kenyan shillingAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 17ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +254 GETTING AROUNDJomo Kenyatta International Airport is 15km from the city centre. A taxi into town costs around KES 1,200 (€12.40). Negotiate the fare in advance and don’t pay more because of “rising fuel costs” or “jams”. Alternatively, you can take […]


Dakar Population (Senegal): 12,853,000Currency: CFA francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 27ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +221 GETTING AROUNDDakar airport is 15km from the centre of town, and a taxi should cost around CFA 4,000 (€6), including luggage and some hard bargaining. The best thing to do is to call your hotel in advance and arrange for […]