L’Harmattan

L’Harmattan, no not the French publisher L’Harmattan, I’m talking about the Harmattan season in West Africa subcontinent. Each year from November to March, dusty trade wind from Sahara blows over West Africa, creating this dry, dusty scenery.

I actually though it was pure pollution. I used to live in China for many years, on a heavily polluted day,  it looks just like this.

Man is a city in the west of Ivory Coast, surrounded with mountains, so it feels slightly cooler than other regions of the country.

I doubt if I can feel any difference in temperature. It’s still hot and dry, 26 degrees Celsius at night is hot right? I heard during Harmattan season, temperature can drop below 10-15 degrees sometimes. Maybe that’s why I sometimes see locals wear jacket at night…

This photo has nothing to do with Harmattan, I just like to take photos.

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..

Talking about travelling in Côte d’Ivoire (accommodation part)

It’s 4 degree Celsius in Belgium at the moment, and rainy. Haven’t seen sunshine ever since I came back, so sad.

Let me post some more pictures of Africa, I miss it so much.

Photos taken in Hôtel Mon Afrik, in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. Even it was just a few days before Christmas, and the weather was great, still there weren’t many tourists around. Loved the private pool because I’m such a bad swimmer, if there were too many people around, I will end up being too shy to swim.

Even at Christmas Eve, only a few French and Belgian expats come here with family to celebrate Christmas, CI seems to be such a unpopular country for travellers somehow. I actually think it’s quite nice and I’m happy I’ve visited it.

Need to move this weather to Europe.

Casé shaped rooms, later in the village I figured out how the real ones look like lol.

Inside the room

Birds

A couple of deers which I already posted.

And a cute turtle

Decoration is very traditional, later I saw those mask in real life in that Stilt Dance village.

Côte d’Ivoire isn’t the most developed place in tourism, not even in West Africa, so besides Mon Afrik in Bouaké, maybe only in some coastal towns you find some resorts to relax.

Normally for me as long as it’s clean and with airco, already enough (luckily because if you want a decent place, you will need to pay much more than similar room in Europe). Compared to travelling in SE Asia or South America, travelling in West Aftica can end up costing more in accommodation, due to lack of tourism resoueces, and hostel isn’t really a thing in this part of the world.

In this way, Mon Afrik is great value (similar price as hotels in Ya’kro and Man but better). If you travel in CI one day, near Bouaké there are also some nice villages to visit. It can be nice to add it in the itinerary, travelling in West Africa is tiring sometimes, good to relax a bit before heading to the next destination.

Bought an African comb in a Gio tribe.

How do you like my new comb?

I found it in a Gio tribe close to Silakoro, not far from Liberia border. Gio people is an ethnic group in Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.

Gio villages are interesting for me, I already shared a vlog about their daily life the other day, if you are interested.

Villagers washing clothes in a nearby village.

View of the whole village, love the roofs!

Cute village kids.

A traditional hut, the small part attached to it is the tomb for family members.

I need to finish editing the stilt dance video shot in the village asap, really love that dance.

Stay tuned.