Understand the country and what there is to do with this Benin travel guide.
As the birthplace of voodoo, travellers can experience voodoo ceremonies in small villages, see the history of the slave trade in Ouidah or via the ‘slave road’, and explore the stilted village of Ganvie – known as the ‘Venice of Africa’. As one of the safest countries to visit in the region, a trip to Benin is a rewarding stop in West Africa, and is easily combined with neighbouring Togo and Ghana.
Please note, Benin is a developing country. Hotels, while sometimes not reaching western standards, are clean and comfortable and the cultural wonders more than make up for occasional deficiencies.
See Benin come alive in this image and video gallery, showing off some of the best areas that you can visit and explore.
Discover the temperatures and rainfall you can expect when visiting the main areas of Benin, along with the best time to travel.
We have collated some of the best books and guides to Benin, to help you make the most of your holiday to the country.
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