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Find Benin travel and tourist information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Benin.

About Benin

The Republic of Benin is one of Africa's smallest countries; formerly known as Dahomey.

Abomey was the centre of the early kingdom of Dahomey, with a rival state at Porto-Novo.

Benin and Neighbouring Countries

Map of Porto-Novo - The Capital of Benin

Benin gained full independence as the Republic of Dahomey, in 1960, and changed its name to Benin in 1975.

Countries neighbouring Benin:
Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria.

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Travel in Benin

Benin has been something of a closely kept secret since a group of young army officers, led by Major Kerekou, put a halt to twelve years of repeated coups by taking control of the country themselves, in 1972.

Even now, after the relaxing of the Major's Marxist-Leninist line that turned colonial Dahomey into the People's Republic of Benin - and earned it a somewhat naive title of The Cuba of West Africa - the Gulf of Guinea's least known nation is still not on most travellers' list of destinations.

Being in Benin:
An account of travel through Benin by shared taxi; the easiest way to get around Benin, but not always the safest.

For many Europeans on the Trans-Sahara Peugeot run, the road ends in Niger; although flights to Europe are generally cheaper from the northern Nigerian town of Kano.

Those who do travel along the coast between Abidjan and Lagos, look at Cotonou as nothing more than a stop between Ghana's beaches and the flight home.

There's not really that much to do in Cotonou, except get out; unless you like the idea of paying to join the French around the pool at the Sheraton.

International representation may be lodged in Benin's characterless coastal town of Cotonou, but it is not the country's capital.

Principal status is reserved for a town with a more pleasant setting, and a proper place in history; Porto Novo.

If all routes lead to Cotonou, then once official business is seen to, diversions and ways out of the sandy grid are sought.

Benin Tourism

Official Benin Tourist Offices and Embassies

The official Tourisme Bénin website is only available in French.

Revealing Benin is a transformative large-scale investment programme that is hoped will revitalise Benin's economy.

The Action Programme is based on 45 major projects across nine key sectors; including Tourism.

Présidence de la République du Bénin.

There is no British embassy or consulate in Benin, although there is a British High Comission in Ghana.

Australians may need to visit Nigeria.

US Embassy in Benin:
01BP 2012, Cotonou, Benin. Close to the Ibis and Novotel hotels, off the Route de l'Aeroport.

Benin Attractions

Abomey and Ouidah

A two-hour drive from Cotonou takes you back to the former capital of one of the great West African kingdoms in pre-colonial times.

Lake Ganvie:
The most accessible attraction to Cotonou, is the lake dwellings at Ganvie.

Lakes, Rivers and National Parks in Benin

Birdwatching in Benin.

Important bird areas in Benin are Lake Nokoue, and the Lake Aheme and Aho complex.

W du Benin National Park lies in the Niger border region.

Benin Travel Tips

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You really should visit Pendjari National Park, the best game park in West Africa, on Natitingou and the Atacora region with its many waterfalls, caves, and the famous 'Tata Sombas'.

When in Natitingou, travellers looking for good food and a good clean room should stay at the Hotel Bourgogne.

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Benin Accommodation

Where to Stay in Benin

Benin Cotonouu, Benin

Most people visiting Benin will be looking for hotels in Cotonou, on the coast.

Where to Stay in Cotonou

Popular Hotels in Cotonou

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