A world of mystery and magic
Benin is a fascinating country for several reasons; it’s widely seen as the origin of the mysterious belief system called Voodoo, which influences all aspects of the lives of followers, resulting in a unique culture. This country is famous for artisan crafts (brass work, ivory and wood carvings) and for the distinct traditional ceremonies that shouldn't be missed by travelers. Benin is home to beautiful coastal beaches, the largest lake village in Africa, fascinating traditional villages, and to some of the greatest conservation areas in West Africa. Uncover the mysteries that await you..
Top things to do in Benin
The “Venice of Africa”, stilt village extending several kilometres in the middle of Lake Nokoué, where locals are playing, working, eating and living in bamboo houses on the water in harmony with nature.
Political capital of Benin (nice change of pace compared to the bustling Cotonou), laid-back, unique atmosphere, historical architecture, quiet leafy streets, colorful markets, interesting museums, great nightlife.
Benin is the birthplace of Voodoo (or Vodun), an official religion in Benin (and in West Africa) based on the belief in spirits, mainly practiced by the Fon people, visit a voodoo fetish market, or a traditional voodoo ceremony.
Pendjari National Park
Largest intact ecosystem and most important national park in West Africa for mammal conservation, refuge to large numbers of elephants, West African lions and cheetahs.
Visit the Tata Somba villages near Boukoumbé where houses look like medieval castles, or the less-visited Tanéka Koko, featuring small huts and traditional healers.
Former kingdom, infamous for slave trade, today a beach town with golden sand, interesting art, and spiritual capital of Benin (home to annual voodoo festival and largest voodoo fetish market).
Beautiful, pristine beaches surrounded by palm trees, relaxed vibe, great eateries, artsy places, more lively on the weekends when residents of Cotonou are coming in to relax.
Rich in mysterious history, former capital of Dahomey Kingdom, that was feared by many including the colonial powers, the 12 palaces of the former kings are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Possotomé (Lake Ahémé)
Lying on a green hill next to Lake Ahémé, Possotomé is a friendly village in Benin, a great escape from the hustle of the coast, starting point for visiting night markets and excursions on the lake.
Largest city and economic capital of Benin, vibrant city-life, beaches, emerging art scene (great West African modern art museums), bustling markets for shopping, exciting nightlife and restaurant faire.