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A March 2003 trip to Benin by Markvh

Quote: Very few Western people have ever visited the tiny West African country of Benin, but that was just one of the things that made it a special experience for me...

Benin

Overview

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In the upper north of the country is a rather large national park with lots of wild animals. Although it's not comparable with the huge parks in eastern South Africa, it's worth a visit when you are in the neighbourhood. But the real highlights of Benin are the villages and cities, each with their unique atmosphere, where you can see how the local people still live nowadays. Quick Tips: If possible, try to travel in groups of at least four persons because criminality is flourishing, especially in the capital. Take also care of the traffic, there are a lot of accidents.Best Way To Get Around: In the capital, the easiest way of getting around is by using the motorcycle...Read More

Ibis Cotonou

Hotel | "Ibis Hotel Cottonou"

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This is the best you can find in Benin. It's as good as you can expect (even better) and it has a big swimmingpool. The restaurant is also very good and not really expensive. It's frequently visited by Belgian Army officers! ;-)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2004

Ibis Cotonou
Boulevard de la Marina
Cotonou, Africa
+229 (21) 305677

Italian restaurant

Restaurant

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Very good service. Owned by a European couple.

No fear for stomach problems and it's located very well at the entrance of the souvenir (or tourist) market.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2004

Voodoo Tour

Attraction

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In this tour, although it may have a different name, you see all that Benin has to offer on historical culture. First you start in a museum about slavery, build in an ancient (Portuguese I think) Fort. After this you go to the place on the coastline where all the slaves where shipped to be sold in North and South America, the ones that survived the journey that is! Last, and least (sic) you get a tour about Voodoo (they say that it came originally from Benin, but in some other countries where I've been to they tell you just the same...) with an explanation about the gods and so and you visit an sacred forest with a very special tree. That's all I want to say about i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 5, 2004

New York, New York

Attraction

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It's like every nightclub in sub-Saharan Africa: lots and lots of prostitutes and a few white, rich men that frequent the place.


Music isn't bad, but the drinks are really expensive. But it's the only place where you can go out without having to fear to be robbed.


The women are beautiful, but as always you have to be very careful not to get a disease or to lose your wallet.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2004

Natitingou

Story/Tip

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When you are in Benin, you'll probably want to see the traditional way of life in the authentic villages. The best place to start is the little town of Natitingou, a few hundred kilometres north of the capital of Cotonou. You can easily reach this town by bus from the capital, but there is also an airport, and, if you are really lucky, you might even find an airplane ticket (but don't count on it!!!). Natitingou, unlike most cities in Africa, hasn't seen many white people in the last decades. You'll probably be the only ones there!!! There isn't much interesting to see in the city, apart of the common life of the ordinary inhabitants. From this city it is possible to reach so...Read More

About the Writer

Markvh

Markvh
Brussels, Belgium

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