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The Elephants Nests Overlanders & Backpackers Guesthouse, Cote d'Ivoire

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The Last Supper at our Mitchell finally got a confirmed seat to Zurich this morning so he can head home to Canada, after...
29/04/2020

The Last Supper at our
Mitchell finally got a confirmed seat to Zurich this morning so he can head home to Canada, after over 6 weeks here!

A wonderful final meal together, we now have 7 refugees left awaiting the borders to open!

We are in lockdown with a few guests, notably Franco from Argentina who climbed our big tropical apple tree today to rem...
02/04/2020

We are in lockdown with a few guests, notably Franco from Argentina who climbed our big tropical apple tree today to remove some broken branches caused by two storms 12 hours apart with vicious winds!

Final guests in from Argentina & Russia before we had our own -19 lockdown last night.  At midnight Cote d'Ivoire closed...
23/03/2020

Final guests in from Argentina & Russia before we had our own -19 lockdown last night. At midnight Cote d'Ivoire closed the land, sea and air borders!

See you all after this nightmare has passed!

 travelling refugees waiting to move on safely but keeping good hygiene in the meantime! Thankfully after 4 days without...
17/03/2020

travelling refugees waiting to move on safely but keeping good hygiene in the meantime!

Thankfully after 4 days without mains water and just pulling buckets from the well, it came back on an hour ago 🥳

Then it comes to an end, like saying goodbye to friends you've known for years, but in reality only a few days! They've ...
22/02/2020

Then it comes to an end, like saying goodbye to friends you've known for years, but in reality only a few days! They've been on the road 12 years! Enjoy the road ahead, bonne route 😍

19/02/2020

We might be in the Northern Hemisphere with our Polish guest, but we have Aussies too!

An incredible 2 weeks of wonderful people over the festive season, games, laughter, great food and fun, sadly the majori...
03/01/2020

An incredible 2 weeks of wonderful people over the festive season, games, laughter, great food and fun, sadly the majority are leaving tomorrow!

Then there were the sick, nesting in what has been renamed the 'malarial couch'!! We ensured they had good medical help and will be continuing their travels soon!

An amazing first festive period! :)

01/01/2020

Happy New Decade to our past, present and future guests seeking nests

Marie-Jocelyn our new cook started today ...Her first dish served to a guest who has a nest with us; crab soup and rice ...
17/12/2019

Marie-Jocelyn our new cook started today ...
Her first dish served to a guest who has a nest with us; crab soup and rice which was proclaimed light and delicate!

Unbelievable ... Harmattan still hasn't arrived, we've never seen it so wet in December
14/12/2019

Unbelievable ... Harmattan still hasn't arrived, we've never seen it so wet in December

Getting ready for Christmas ... No need for a big plastic tree though :)
13/12/2019

Getting ready for Christmas ... No need for a big plastic tree though :)

Finally have a beer fridge, a bar and a customer!First beers sold!!!
01/12/2019

Finally have a beer fridge, a bar and a customer!

First beers sold!!!

01/12/2019

Finally one of our numbers is working, it's also on WhatsApp
+225 68 90 21 72

Fête d'Abissa this weekend! A few weeks late due to the floods but an incredible turnout, we 'lost' a few guests last ni...
30/11/2019

Fête d'Abissa this weekend! A few weeks late due to the floods but an incredible turnout, we 'lost' a few guests last night ;)

We've got uniforms¡!¡For Yannick and Thomas who are on duty to let you in!
15/11/2019

We've got uniforms¡!¡

For Yannick and Thomas who are on duty to let you in!

Birds in the garden and nearby around the lagoon!  The first one is our favourite morning visitor collecting nectar in a...
11/11/2019

Birds in the garden and nearby around the lagoon! The first one is our favourite morning visitor collecting nectar in a tree opposite the back terrace, a Splendid Sunbird, stunning colours!

Thanks to Wim van Zweiten for the photos :)

We've just had 9 Dutch ornithologists staying, a manic day yesterday to get it all ready to accommodate them ... Another...
10/11/2019

We've just had 9 Dutch ornithologists staying, a manic day yesterday to get it all ready to accommodate them ... Another room was opened up and made ready, more work to do though!

We've learnt a lot this weekend about our garden birds who are around at breakfast

Following the abnormal flooding of the lagoon which luckily stayed 50m away from our gate, we have been able to get on w...
05/11/2019

Following the abnormal flooding of the lagoon which luckily stayed 50m away from our gate, we have been able to get on with our work.

The Jack'n'Jill bathroom is almost ready, and the bar we built using the old colonial bricks we found around the property is finally finished 🙃 Progress!!!

We're busy getting a new bathroom looking beautiful as well as an outdoor basin for campers and a dormitory ...Bit by bi...
29/10/2019

We're busy getting a new bathroom looking beautiful as well as an outdoor basin for campers and a dormitory ...

Bit by bit we'll be ready soon! Hopefully in time for our Dutch ornithologists!

05/10/2019

More work carried out this week in the future bar terrace area, just have the bar to build now!

Our artist-surfing-watchman Thomas did the wonderful mosaics

A fantastic weekend with family, friends and travellers with many tales around the terrace table including driving down ...
02/10/2019

A fantastic weekend with family, friends and travellers with many tales around the terrace table including driving down through the Sahara from the late 80's!!

Spain, Poland, Nigeria, Germany, The Netherlands, Ghana and New Zealand over a weekend ... Most of which are friends vis...
29/09/2019

Spain, Poland, Nigeria, Germany, The Netherlands, Ghana and New Zealand over a weekend ... Most of which are friends visiting.

So it's a big night out at Maquis Facebook Chez Mimi ...

Tomorrow is another day (no doubt with hangovers!!)

13/09/2019

Yannick on a day off ... 🤣😂🤣

09/09/2019

Another sad farewell to some more amazing helpers in their 3m65 truck which did fit under our wires outside the gates ...

Heading east for the Ghanaian border after several weeks here! Like so many, we'll miss them!

A little footage of our 2 new team members, Sanata and Thomas!

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What is the location of the E.N.?
Hi!
Do you have a map link or gps co-it’s?
Thanks!
Loved this place a lot. Great atmosphere, super friendly staff, sweet pets and the best possible manager/owner.
Some parts are still under construction. But if you are passing by the Abidjan/Grand-Bassam region, you should definitely stay at this place.