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Town, sub-prefecture, and commune
Samatiguila is located in Ivory Coast
Location in Ivory Coast
Coordinates: 9°49′N 7°34′W / 9.817°N 7.567°W / 9.817; -7.567Coordinates: 9°49′N 7°34′W / 9.817°N 7.567°W / 9.817; -7.567
Country  Ivory Coast
District Denguélé
Region Kabadougou
Department Samatiguila
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 8,933
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Samatiguila (also spelled Samatiglia) is a town in northwestern Ivory Coast. It is a sub-prefecture of and the seat of Samatiguila Department in Kabadougou Region, Denguélé District. Samatiguila is also a commune. It is located approximately 15 km north of Kimbirila-Sud, and 40 km north of Odienné, the nearest main town and the capital of the Denguélé District. Samatiguila is well-known among Ivorians for the large number of traders and bus companies that originate from the town but that operate all over Ivory Coast.

The French explorer René Caillié spent five days in Samatiguila in July 1827 on his journey from Boké, in present day Guinea, to Timbuktu in Mali. He was travelling with a caravan transporting kola nuts to Djenné. He described his visit in his book Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo:

It was nearly nine o'clock in the morning when we made our appearance at Sambatikila [Samatiguila] which is surrounded by a double wall ten or eleven feet high and ten inches thick. ... Sambatikila is a large village ... it is independent and inhabited by Mandingo Musulmans. It is much larger than Kankan but not so well peopled; there are many large vacant places in the interior of the village; the streets are narrow, crooked, and at this season of the year, full of mud.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire". Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Caillié, René (1830). Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo; and across the Great Desert, to Morocco, performed in the years 1824-1828 (Volume 1). London: Colburn & Bentley. pp. 310–317. 
  3. ^ Quella-Villéger, Alain (2012). René Caillié, l'Africain : une vie d'explorateur, 1799-1838 (in French). Anglet, France: Aubéron. p. 76. ISBN 978-2-84498-137-0.