Busy border. Made to wait two hours for stamp on carnet from customs on ivory coast sise as the chief was at lunch. At least 130 to 3.
Ghanaian side we were greeted at the entrance with the news our car (right hand drive) would need to be escorted as it was illegal. Managed to get carnet stamped and this was not taken any further.
Had a transit visa. Managed to get at emergency visa at the border on the spot for 150 dollars. ouch.
Hotel in the centre of Man. Rooms from 5000CFA. Parking and wifi available, restaurant under different management on site open from morning until late, meals from 1000CFA. Rooms downstairs are damp but have private bathrooms.
Unsure if camping in car is allowed as we came by bike.
Cross the square opposite the water tower, cross tarred road behind and head down piste, first complex on the right. Hard to miss.
Rooms with bathroom from 5000CFA. Secure parking available. No two people of the same gender in one room, even if only to reduce costs. Food stalls and several small restaurants and maquis nearby. Service somewhat absent but okay.
No car camping.
Natural waterfall with swimming pool at its base. Admission 200CFA. Parking guards may charge more. Nice place, calm in the morning.
Guides for La Dent de Man (8km walk) and Mt Tonkui (drive across piste and 3km walk) can be hired here. I went with Sherrif, pleasant company.
Very nice French-owned hotel/bar/restaurant. Large secure parking. Rooms 30,000CFA, but we arrived late and got one for 25,000. Excellent restaurant, mains from 3,000-4,000 and up. Breakfast not included but available.
Unsure about vehicle camping as we arrived by motorcycle.
Typical African roadside garage, but this one is actually specialized in bigger bikes. Slightly pricier as a consequence, but this just may be the best place in Abidjan for overlanding bikes. All sorts of repairs and adjustments possible. Owner Ouatt is a nice fellow, can help with buying/selling bikes as well.
when entering Ivory Coast from Guinea, and you pass here, make sure you have proper insurance and your vehicles papers ready.
The guy was talking about that we have to return to Guinea and take another border because we do not have a "Vignette de Touriste". After half an hour of discussing, he agreed to let us pass but with a escort to Man, where we should buy that.
the escort was gone somehow a few killometers after, and we sleped in a nice, small village.
that "Vignette de Touriste" is verry expensive, and only neccesarry for vehicles younger than 2 years. so the whole discussion and escorting was not needed, but the guy seems not to know that.
Nice and affordable Appartement with 2 bedrooms (doubble bed each). Run by franceman Alain he is very friendly and can help you arrange things in Abidjan. we paid 140'000 for 3 nights.
Phone: 00225 49 49 91 93
It took a long time on the customs so we did not reach Man at day. We asked the "chief of village" if we can stay here. he allowed us to camp in front of his hut.
the whole time at least 20 locals where looking at us as they do not often see white people.
Very good shipping forwarder, they have very friendly, helpfull and english speaking staff there. The building doesn't look that good but the office is on the 3th floor.
Make sure that you contact the forwarder first bevor the vessel.
Village to camp in. Asked to speak to the chief of the village, he was very accommodating and gave us food and water, and we camped directly infront of his house in the middle of town. Very, very friendly, absolutely zero privacy! An experience not to be missed. Ask and I'm sure they will say yes. We gave a little money in the morning - 3,000CFA - they tried to say no, and we insisted and it was well received.
Father of the mission let us stay the night for free. Free food, shower, room, etc. He seemed nice, but at the mass in the morning it was all fire and brimstone and not so nice. Worked as a place to stay, but with strings attached.
Camping at the entrance to the National Park. Caretaker happy for us to camp here, but charged is 5,000CFA per night for two in a 4x4, and then entrance to the park (guided tour) was also very expensive. Amazing place, worth it in my opinion. Saw chimps extremely close up.
Call the caretaker when you arrive, or when you are back in town - 09742415 and he will organize a guide, etc.
There is a hotel with restaurant, etc, but I assume it's very expensive.
To get here, turn at the sign in town at N5.36.441, W7.28549
The North South highway here was a nightmare of mud just after that rainy season - trucks stuck for a week, etc. Extremely strong 4x4 recommended.
Private property of Sun and Mary, a German couple, who offer space on their property for a stay during their time in Ivory Coast from October till May. You pay what you like. A restaurant is 10 min by foot