TBT – flying from Man to Abidjan with Air Côte d’ivoire

Hello Thursday, today I’d like to throwback to the trip from Man to Abidjan. You can for sure take a long distance bus, but after many tiring bus rides, I decided to fly back to Abidjan, seems like a easier way to travel.

The picture above was taken in Man, a restaurant near the market.

Very typical Ivorien lunch, rice and grilled chicken. except the rice is “Cantonese style”, it tastes good especially with the local spicy sauce (which was quite spicy even for me), kinda different than the real Cantonese rice though haha.

Did I mention before, waiting for food can be long in West Africa? I had so much time for selfie, making Steem drafts, editing videos and people watching. Normally after editing one vlog and writing one post, food was still not there. But in other words, travelling in those kinda places is also slow but relaxing, you never need to worry no time for Steem haha.

Taken from my people-watching time, what was that exactly, I forgot to ask them lol.

Airport in Man is so small that everything is manual, even boarding pass was handwrite.

Very small flight to Abidjan. Was also the only flight within the region that I took during the trip!

A look into Gio ethnic tribe in Côte d’Ivoire

Gio is oneof the ethnic tribes in West Africa. The village is located in the East of Côte d’Ivoire, bordering Liberia and Guinea, where I went to see the Stilt Dance and make two vlogs previously. For someone first in Africa, this was so interesting for me. So I took a lot of pictures, like always.

The drive to the villages from Man was scenic, you see how the scenery changes from tain forest to savanna forest.

Here is the view of the whole village.

In the tribe, men and women live in seperate cases and kids stay with the women. You can tell whether it belongs to men or women from the color of the roof, because women cook inside sometimes, so the roof is darker than the men’s.

The hut extended to the case is the tomb of the family member.

Gio villages are divided into quarters. Each quarter is headed by a “quarter chief,” that is mostly oldest male in the family. The spot in the photo above is where the council make decisions.

Inside woman’s hut, woman and kids stay in this huts. In Gio tribe, men are allowed to have several wives, during the days where men stay with one wife, the wife cooks for the whole family, including other wives and kids…

The holy forest is forbidden for outsiders to emter. It’s where grown up men learn how to make masks and how herbs function.

Some practical infomation:

There isn’t public buses to go to these villages, it’s around 150ish km away from Man, you can either rent a car or get a driver to go. Driver costs 10-15€ ish per day. Plus everything it costs around 70€ per car, so it’s good if you can find some more people to share.

If you decide to drive there to the village, don’t forget to bring some candies or little gift for kids there.

For the Stilt Dance show, it’s better if you can get it arranged in advance, normally locals can get it arranged and don’t forget to bring 4 times smaller notes (500cfa) to tip the mask guys, otherwise they get angry. For the dance itself it costs 15000cfa p.p. Pay directly to the chief of the village.

If you go with the guide, you find them in fb group: West Africa Traveller.

「Throwback Thursday」Culture center in Jambiani, Zanzibar

In one of my vlogs in Zanzibar, I went to a local culture center where they cook local food and teach local dances. It’s also where the Kuza cave is.

After swimming in the cave for a while, I stayed for dinner and enjoyed local culture there.

Road to the cave

How the culture center looks like, not that much.

This girl is from Venezuela, she can dance as well as locals, very talented, I can’t learn so fast ^^

Kuza cave, most tourists come for the cave.

Sunset

Green selfie

Food was great, fish and vegetables.

They did some performance after dinner too.

As I mentioned in my vlog post,

It was fun, well, maybe not as fun as if you visit the village and tribe and to see the dances in their real life, instead of in a culture center, but not too bad.

They currently raised the entrance fee from 10000 (~ 4 euro) to 20000 shillings, the cave was really blue and beautiful (I wish I had waterproof camera with me so that I can show you under the water too), you can snorkeling to see how the shape of stones underneath the water is, there’s a diving route too.

Dinner wasn’t bad either, although for 20,000 shillings you can get something even better stuff in Jambiani village.They offer lodges too, not so expensive ones, around 20$ per night, in general the culture center seems OK, not too bad.That was my experience, you can check out my vlog and figure out if you want to go when you come to Zanzibar.

Water in West Africa

Water in West Africa is precious.

There’s only one water point for each village where you can get some water. In Zanzibar I also saw it so it’s probably the African thing, sorry if I sound stupid (maybe you already knew about all this) but it was the first time in Africa ^^.

Local women has to carry such a huge bowl of water on top of their head every day. I don’t think I can do it, maybe I should feel happy.

Drinking water is sold mostly in such plastic bags. This isn’t anything new, in many Latin American countries, you see such thing as well. But difference is in West Africa, you won’t find bottled water at all, all you can get is in plastic bags. Except I once tried one that tastes like chemical sanitizer, most of them taste alright. 

Don’t take anything for granted..