Taï National Park in Côte d'Ivoire is the only remaining primary tropical forest in West Africa. It is the home of many threatened animal species including the pygmy hippopotamus, chimpanzees and 11 species of monkeys.
Taï National Park covers an area of about 3,300 square kilometers. It stretches for 100 kilometers from the Ivoirian coast to Liberian, between Cavally River and Sassandra River. In 1978, it was made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The World Health Organisation has expressed concern that Taï National Park is home to monkeys that are a natural reservoir for the Ebola virus. Its proximity to the international airport at Abidjan heightens the concern.
Taï National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 6th session of the World Heritage Committee which met in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 13-17 December, 1982.
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 5 45 0 W 7 40 0.012 covering 330,000 hectares in the southwest regions of Guiglo and Sassandra Districts
Inscription Year: 1982
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, X
Location Map of Taï National Park
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Travel Warning for visiting Côte d\Ivoire
Many parts of Côte d\Ivoire are volatile to civil unrest and travelers are advised against entering. You very likely will need a visa to enter the country. Check with the nearest Ivoirian mission.
You can fly into Côte d\Ivoire, landing at the Felix-Houphouet Boigny International Airport, connected by daily flights from Paris and Amsterdam.