Best Benin itineraries

Benin location

Western Africa


Land borders

Burkina Faso




Benin at a glance





Average (3 of 5)

Level of costs

None (3 of 5)

Tourism trend change

Relative safe (46 / 100)

Safety index

Underdeveloped (52 / 100)

Human development index

Best itineraries

Top Benin destinations

Things to do

From the fort, the captives were taken the short distance to Place Chacha in the centre of town. It was here, under the tree that

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One of the biggest voodoo fetish markets in Benin is in Abomey. We were shown around by Constance, a Dahomey prince. It was really

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. to learn about the ancient kingdom of Dahomey, a force which frustrated colonial powers for centuries. You can feel the history

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Eat & drink

The food in Benin is probably the best in West Africa. The starchy staple is igname pilé,boiled yams pounded into a dough and used

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Just as most things, eating out in Togo and Benin doesn’t cost a bomb. The best part is that while fish and meat is used in some o

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There is a legend that King Kpasse, the first king of Ouidah, turned himself into a tree. Over the centuries, this tree has gained

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Some final travel tips and things to know for your trip to Benin - I hope that these travel tips will help you have a great trip

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Tip: Moto taxi drivers often drive rash. Do not hop on to one if you are not offered a helmet – as might often be the case. Nothin

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If you have something to add or something has changed in this Benin travel guide please let me know and I’ll change it! I really appreciate it! ...


Benin Itinerary Day 2: Ganvié Day Trip: The Venice of Africa

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A visit to Ganvie stilt village is a great first day trip from Cotonou. It just takes a morning or late morning with lunch which i


Benin itinerary day 14: Departure

Benin itinerary day 11-13: Ouidah

Benin itinerary day 9: Holy hills of Dassa

Benin itinerary day 10: Abomey and Bohicon

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Always negotiate the price of taxis, zems and when buying something at the market. I’m not sure if every price I paid was correct

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After traveling through Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso (plan Burkina Faso itineraries), I realized that accommodation can be a little pricey in the region. ...


Where to stay in Ouidah

Where to stay in Grand Popo:

Where to stay in Porto Novo

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Hotels in Benin aren’t the most luxurious in the world but travelling to Benin is a luxury on its own. There are no major hotel ch

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