Taï National Park
With its 508,186 hectares, the Taï National Park is the second-largest primary forest in Africa.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982 as a biosphere reserve, it has 140 species of mammals including 12 endemics, 240 species of birds and many species of insects, reptiles and amphibians, rare birds such as chimpanzees accustomed to human presence, pygmy hippos, elephants, red colobus monkeys, forest buffaloes, etc.
The Taï National Park lets you observe 1800 plant species, including 138 endemics, and navigable bodies of water.
The relaxing and comfortable atmosphere of the Ecotel Touraco, a hotel complex comprising ten (10) bungalows with guides located in the heart of the Park near Mount Niénonkoué, allows tourists to live to the rhythm of nature and to observe the fauna and flora of this exceptional site up close.
HOW TO COME TO THE PARK?
The tourist area of the park is located in the Sector of Djouroutou. It is reached by passing through the village of Djouroutou from which it is 7 km away. The village itself is located at the extreme west of the park, at a distance of 213 km from the town of San-Pedro, or about 5 hours of travel on asphalt and rural tracks.
Djouroutou is an agricultural community of more than 71,000 souls with an urban health center and a public school. It is possible for a helicopter to land in the village. San-Pédro is a port city served by air from the city of Abidjan (every day of the week). It is 380 km from Abidjan by the coastal road (very impractical at the moment). We recommend visitors to go through the town of Guiglo located north of the park.
A second tourist area is located in the town of Taï, 80km south of Guiglo; west of TNP. To get there, take the Daloa road and go through Duekoué to arrive at Guiglo, and then take the track that runs along the park to arrive at the town of Taï, this same track leads to Djouroutou.
Airstrips are available at Daloa, Guiglo, and Zagné (40 km from Taï). the town of Man, which is located 120 km from Guiglo, is served by air twice a week (Thursday and Sunday).
Public transport exists between Guiglo-Taï-Djouroutou and between San Pedro - Tabou - Djouroutou. However, we do not recommend them to visitors. The transportation time will be longer, and the transportation conditions are harsh.
DISCOVER OUR TOURS
Nature, Culture, and…Adventure…discovering the two eco-tourism sites of the Taï National Park. A 7-day stay, ideal for fully enjoying the natural and cultural heritage of the region.
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DAY 1: Commune of Taï
Arrive in Taï at the end of the afternoon (take the very early departure from your city; for example, Abidjan). Reception on your arrival by a person in charge of the stay. Dinner and overnight in Tai.
Transportation not included
Meals: dinner not included
Accommodation: at the hotel (not included)
DAY 2: Ecomuseum and Taï National Park
After breakfast, visit the ecomuseum dedicated to the Taï National Park and 35 years of scientific research on chimpanzees. Then head to the entrance to the park where a 2.5-hour walk will take you to the camp in the heart of the forest.
The afternoon will be devoted to the observation of habituated red colobus monkeys and the discovery of the primary forest.
Transport: by 4x4 vehicle from the hotel to the park entrance
Meals: breakfast at the hotel not included – lunch and dinner at the camp
Accommodation: at the camp
DAY 3: Tai National Park
Observation of habituated mangabey monkeys in their natural environment and discovery of the tropical forest through an ethnobotanical circuit with learning to use the compass and GPS.
Then last night at the camp.
Meals: at the camp
Accommodation at the camp
DAY 4: Village of Gouléako
Departure from the camp in the morning for the city of Taï in order to have lunch in the village of Gouléako. The afternoon will allow the visit of the said village 10 minutes from the city of Taï to discover, among other things, the Oubi culture through the history of the village and the traditional evening taking place at the end of the day. The traditional canoe ride on the Cavally River is possible but only in the dry season. Accommodation will be in one of the comfortably furnished traditional huts of the village.
Transport: by 4x4 vehicle from the park entrance to the village of Gouléako 1
Meals: Breakfast at the camp; lunch and dinner at Gouléako 1
Accommodation: in a traditional hut at Gouléako 1
DAY 5: Village of Djouroutou and Taï National Park
After breakfast, departure for the village of Djouroutou. Arrive at the end of the morning at the Ecotel Touraco on the edge of the park for lunch. The entry into the forest is done at the beginning of the afternoon. After 1h30 of walking, arrive at the chimpanzee camp for a saving shower and the discovery of the place.
Transport: by vehicle (not included)
Meals: breakfast at Gouléako 1 – lunch at the Ecotel – dinner at the camp
Accommodation: at the chimpanzee camp
DAY 6: Tai National Park
Depart early in the morning for the observation of chimpanzees. Then hike to Mount Niénokoué, the sacred mountain of the Kroumen ethnic group, for a breathtaking view of the park.
Leaving the park at the end of the day to spend the last evening at the Ecotel Touraco. Meals: Breakfast at the camp – picnic – dinner at the Ecotel
DAY 7: Departure from Djouroutou
Departure from Djouroutou after breakfast on the terrace of the Ecotel Touraco.
Transportation: not included
Meals: breakfast at the Ecotel Touraco
PS: We do not provide vehicles. To take full advantage of these two destinations, we recommend that you have a 4x4 vehicle at the start.
FIND NEARBY ACCOMMODATION
Located on the edge of the Taï National Park, the Ecotel Touraco is a magnificent complex of 10 bungalows that can accommodate 20 visitors at a time. This site, which combines tradition and modernity, is fully illuminated with energy.
It has a restaurant and a bar where you will be served exquisite local and European dishes. Haven of peace, the Ecotel Touraco is the ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries in total immersion in nature.
Nights at the Ecotel Touraco are pleasant. You will be enchanted by the scents and sounds of the forest. Around a wood fire, the guides and staff of the site will make you discover the stories of this wonderful place.
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR TRAVELERS
The most appropriate clothing for your stay in the rainforest is lightweight cotton or polyester clothing that dries quickly.
From December to January, you will encounter dry winds and cooler temperatures at night and early in the morning, hence the usefulness of having a long-sleeved garment, if you fear the cold.
As far as colors are concerned, your clothes must be dark in color symbolizing nature (green, brown, black). The color red is prohibited in the forest.
List of useful objects
A pair of rubber boots or waterproof walking shoes (walking shoe type)
A flashlight or headlamp with batteries
A waterproof backpack to protect your electronic devices, documents, and more
A pair of flip-flops or plastic sandals to move around the camps