Benin

Explore Benin with us!

According to Lonely Planet, Benin “sits on the cusp of discovery,” making now and ideal time to discover this small West African nation. As the birthplace of voodoo and an integral part of the Transatlantic slave trade, history buffs and culture tourists won’t be disappointed by Benin’s offerings, but beachgoers, adventurers, and wildlife enthusiasts should be sure not to overlook its palm-lined beaches and the wildlife of its rugged north. As a small country relatively close to Togo and Ghana, tours in Benin combine easily with tours in its neighbors to the west.

 

What to expect

Despite being off the beaten path, Benin is relatively tourist-friendly, with a wide range of comfortable and luxury hotel offerings in its more-populated south. As you wander north, however, don’t expect the same quality of accommodation or infrastructure. Due to its French colonial influence, you can generally expect tasty cuisine and good service in the areas of Benin most frequented by tourists.

 

Tips for travel

The best time of year to visit Benin is from November to March, during the dry season. However, Benin’s wet season is relatively mild and is often an ideal time to visit when hotel prices are low and tourists sites are quieter. We are confident that we can deliver amazing tours in Benin any time of year.

 

Population: 10.87 million

Language: French

Capital City: Porto-Novo

Currency: West African CFA franc

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Our favorite places in Benin

Ganvie

The “Venice of West Africa” is a dream for the adventurous romantic. It may be one of the most fascinating and photogenic boat rides of your life.

Ouidah

We love the Ouidah Museum of History, where you can learn about the transatlantic slave trade and voodoo tradition.

Pendjari National Park

Home to the rare West African lion, Pendjari is an amazing reward for only the toughest adventurers.

View Our Benin Tours

We offer a wide variety of trip options suitable for every level of traveler. From relaxation to adventure, we have what you’re looking for!

9 days/8 nights

Ghana Togo and Benin

This tour is perfect for explorers who are looking for a thorough introduction to coastal West Africa. This nine-day journey will take you to the heights of Wli Falls, the palm-lined beaches of Lome, and the canals of Ganvie.

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