Ivory Coast Photo Essay

During our four-year journey around the world, we backpacked as a family down the West Coast of Africa. From Liberia, we crossed a slow-flowing river in a dugout canoe into Cote d’Ivoire AKA Ivory Coast. We spent four days travelling via local transport along the coast to reach Ghana.

Surprisingly, before the destructive impacts of a coupe in 1999 and two religious civil wars in the 2000s, Cote d’Ivoire was a popular tourist destination. Its beautiful stretches of sandy beaches and vibrant culture made it perfect for a relaxing holiday. In the 1960s and 1970s it was actually a powerful economic leader in West Africa because of its coffee and cocoa production. Although it was very rundown, we could imagine a beautiful, peaceful Cote d’Ivoire during its prime. The beach town of Sassandra was welcoming and laid back with friendly people and smiling kids to greet us. We needed to venture into the chaotic and overwhelming capital city, Abidjan, to reach Ghana.


We crossed the Cavally River into Cote d’Ivoire.

Crossing the river from Liberia to Cote d’Ivoire in a dugout canoe.  Bree, Me, Mom, Ammon

Waiting at the border crossing for the rains to settle and a ride to come and take us to Tabou. It took many hours of waiting.

Finally we have a taxi to take us to Tabou, and yes all the bags, the six of us and driver did fit in.

Passing by a small town along the coast of Cote d’Ivoire.

After walking a many miles in the blazing sun with our backpacks we were so thankful for the friendly stranger that picked us up and put us in the back of his pickup to finish the trip into Sassandra. Wow look how dirty we are from that walk.  Dad, Mom, Me, Skylar.

A once lovely building looking very rundown with a wrecked car just laying there in the beach town of Sassandra.

Enjoying the warm tropics in Sassandra.

Our lovely home for the next couple days in Sassandra on the beach.

Skylar has acquired lots of new friends.

Playtime in the sun and sand on the beach in Sassandra on the Gulf of Guinea.

Sassandra was once a thriving tourist destination. Its sad to see it now.

There is always beauty to behold.

Roadside stop to buy a snack.

The Hotel Ivoire in the economic capital of Abidjan

Abidjan has more than 4.7 million people and is the most populous French-speaking city in West Africa.

Love the colour of this soccer field.

Bananas are great, try one or maybe a plantain or two, but don’t mix them up 🙂

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This is the second part of the Ivory Coast photo essay by award-winning American photographer Mike DuBose. Part I is published here.

Victor Diby Gnangbi is secretary general of Man Prefecture and a United Methodist lay preacher. “We have been frightened by the sickness of Ebola,” he said.

Health workers watch a video presentation about preventing the spread of Ebola in Man.


Computer memory sticks belonging to health workers are gathered to receive copies of a video presentation about preventing the spread of Ebola in Man.


Dr. Simplice Adouko knows the threat of an Ebola outbreak is real in the border area between Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia. Adouko, who normally works with HIV-AIDS patients, is standing in a a temporary Ebola containment and treatment center in Man.


Dr. Simplice Adouko checks on the readiness of an isolation camp established in Man to receive any potential patients with Ebola.


A family makes its way along the road outside Sipilou, near the border with Guinea.


Dr. Simplice Adouko (left) bows in greeting to nurse Joelin Gba Nica at the Centre de Santé Urbain hospital in Sipilou, Côte d’Ivoire, along the border with Guinea. Polite bows have replaced handshakes in much of Côte d’Ivoire at the urging of health officials concerned about possible spread of the Ebola virus.


Joelin Gba Nica is a nurse at the Centre de Santé Urbain hospital in Sipilou, Côte d’Ivoire, along the border with Guinea. “We were seriously afraid when the first [Ebola] cases were reported but things are better because it seems the world, the United States, is aware of what is happening here so we don’t feel alone,” he said.

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