WHY VISIT BENIN
A little apart in West Africa, Benin is more flourishing than its neighbours and has numerous attractions.
Discover first the official Capital, Porto-Novo, with its mosque, old Brazilian-style church, ethnographical museum and of course the Adjara market, vibrant and colourful, where you will find magnificent ceramics.
Cotonou is the other Capital of the country through its dynamic character and economic activities: Its bars and restaurants, the huge Dantokpa market, and the lake city of Ganvie slightly to the north with its houses on stilts make an appealing destination.
Ouidah is another interesting site, rich from a cultural point of view: Various museums, temples and also the Slave Route commemorating the route followed by the slaves to board the boats taking them from their homeland, which is now packed with statues and fetishes, but there are also sumptuous beaches here. All these attractions make this destination a must.
Natitingou, in the Atakora Mountains, will be open to discovery by you through its Arts and Popular Cultural Sombras Traditions Museum. This will also be the perfect time for you to discover the Pendjari National Park, a magnificent natural reserve biosphere where the animals live in their natural habitat: You will probably see leopards, lions, cheetahs, jackals, elephants, antelopes and hippopotami amongst others.
One certain thing about your trip is the constant and unwavering warm hospitality shown by the Beninese.
WHAT TO SEE IN BENIN
WHEN TO GO TO BENIN
The best period to visit Benin is from December to March.
The climate is decidedly tropical in the south with the long dry season lasting from November to March and the smaller dry season during July and August. A short rainy season occurs around September and October although the main rain arrives between April and June.
In the north, the rainy season occurs between May and September; during the dry season, temperatures can climb to 40°C with the harmattan blowing dry dusty air.
Travelling there between December and March will enable you to visit Benin under the best conditions both in the north and the south.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Benin.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH BENIN
Travel in the interior is best undertaken by bus or ‘kia kia’, a local shared taxi, the prices are very affordable.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON BENIN
health tips & vaccination: make sure your vaccinations are up to date before your departure. Protect yourself against catching malaria from the mosquitoes and get vaccinations against yellow fever and typhoid as well as hepatitis B. Avoid tap water and raw salads and be extra careful to wash your hands before handling food.
local currency: CFA Franc
local time zone: GMT+1
electricity: type C and type E (220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN BENIN
typical food in Benin
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