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Natitingou

 
Natitingou Natitingou is about 50 km from Benin's Pendjari National Park, where tourists can see West African wildlife during the months of December through June. The Falls of Tanougou and great mud castles of the Betammaribe known as Tata Somba are all within an hour or two of the town by car. If you like swimming on a quite place don't miss the Kota Falls (Chutes de la Kota). There is a small water bassin down of the falls that is perfect for swimming. Because there are very few tourists in this part of the world, you are almost always alone. Like anywhere in Togo and Benin, mototaxi's are abundant in Natitingou. They are an excellent and cheap means to cover short distances.You can distinguish taxi moto's from others looking ...
 

Ganvie

 
Ganvie To people who expect to see the Venice of Africa, the town of Ganvie can be something of a disappointment. It is a bit spoil by tourism (as is the European Venice)and when arriving from Cotonou you can be besieged by touts who want to guide you around. Still the site is quite pretty and the history behind it is most remarkable. During the worst days of the slave trade, the Tofinu peoples sought refuge on the lakes, because according to the religion of the Abomey it was forbidden to attack people on the water. In the language of the Tofinu Ganvie means: the collective of those who found peace at last. The people who built their houses here have managed to construct a complete town on stilts. ...
 

Porto Novo

 
Porto Novo Porto Novo is the capital city and one of the most interesting towns in Benin. It has a number of buildings dating from the period when the Portuguese used it as a base for buying slaves which were shipped off to the New World. Other sights in town include the Musee Ethnographique which retraces the history of Porto Novo and has a good collection of Yoruba masks, the Palais Royal of King Toffa now a museum which gives you a good impression of how African royalty lived before Colonial times. Just outside of town is the Grand Marche d'Adjara which is held every fourth day. There is also an interesting Brazilian-style church here which is now in use as a mosque. Another good option for a day trip is to hire a priog...
 

Cotonou

 
Cotonou Cotonou is the most important city of Benin. Porto Novo is the official capital, but in economic activity Cotonou takes the first place. It is the place to arrange your visa and onward transport. Although the city itself doesn't boast too many sights it is a lively place and an ideal spot for planning trips to the region. From Cotonou it is 20 minutes to Porto Novo with its museums and royal palace. The slave port of Ouidah with many historical sites and museums is 40 Kms west of Cotonou. To Abomey, the ancient capital of Dahomey it is 100km north. All main roads are paved and in good condition. Ganvie, the Venice of Africa a village build on stakes in the lake is a few kilometres north of Cotonou. The Boule...
 

Parc National de Pendjari

 
Parc National de Pendjari This 275,000-hectare national park 45km (28mi) north of Natitingou, is the wildlife park par excellence in this part of West Africa. Visitors may spot lions, leopards, elephants, baboons and hippos. The best viewing time is near the end of the dry season when the animals start to hover around the water holes. With waterfalls, a woody landscape and good tracks, it is a pleasure to drive around. The park adjoins the Parc National d'Arli in Burkina Faso and is bordered to the west, north and east by the Pendjari River....
 

 

 

 

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