15 Reasons to Visit Benin

Benin, a French-speaking West African nation, is a birthplace of vodun and home to the Dahomey Kingdom, reigning from 1600-1900. Here are 15 reasons to visit Benin.

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    Royal Palaces of Abomey

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    The Royal Palaces of Abomey are 12 palaces spread over a 40 hectares area at the heart of the Abomey town, formerly the capital of the West African Kingdom of Dahomey.

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    Pendjari National Park

    The Pendjari National Park lies in north western Benin, adjoining the Arli National Park in Burkina Faso.

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    Royal Palace, Porto-Novo

    The Royal Palace, also known as King Toffa's Palace and more recently Musée Honmé, is a former royal residence and today museum in Porto-Novo.

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    W National Park

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    The W National Park or W Regional Park is a major national park in West Africa around a meander in the River Niger shaped like a "W".

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    Ancien Pont

    The bridge crosses the Lagune de Cotonou which separates the two sides of the city. It was built in 1928 and renovated in 1981.

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    Stade de l'Amitié

    Stade de l'Amitie or Friendship Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Cotonou. It is currently used for football matches and also has facilities for athletics. The stadium has a capacity of 35,000 people.

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    Cotonou Central Mosque

    The Cotonou Central Mosque is a mosque in Cotonou. It is the most important building for the country's Muslims.

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    Basilique de l'Immaculée Conception

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    Musée en Plein Air de Parakou

    Musée en Plein Air de Parakou is a museum located approximately 1.5 kilometres south of the centre of the city Parakou.

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    Visas for most passport holders are available at 10,000 CFA on main border points.

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    Ganvie - The venice of Africa

    Ganvie in Benin (West Africa) is a unique village built on Lake Nokoué, just an hour north of the administrative capital and Benin's largest city, Cotonou.

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    Relax on the Beach at Grand Popo

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    Yoruba Masks

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    The Yoruba “Guelede” masks all have a message or tell a story and were used in ceremonies to communicate with the ancestors.

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    Dassa Zoume Catholic Pilgrimage Site

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    Visit hippos in lokossa at lake doukon

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