Ganvie Things to Do

  • Fish Farm on Lake Nakoue
    Fish Farm on Lake Nakoue
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  • Women in the Floating Market
    Women in the Floating Market
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  • Wood Seller in the Floating Market
    Wood Seller in the Floating Market
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    Abomey-Calavi

    by janiebaxter Written May 6, 2008

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    The Jetty at Abomey-Calavi
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    Abomey-Calavi is the departure point for Ganvie and is the main town of the area. It has the largest university in Benin with 28000 students. The university was built here because there was not enough land in Cotonou.
    There is small hotel by the jetty where you can get a room or a drink. We didn’t try it as we were staying in Cotonou which is within easy driving distance, only 18km away. Abomey-Calavi also has a market. The main focal point though is the busy jetty area where you can buy tickets for the boats to Ganvie, and watch the people coming and going and selling their goods by the edge of the lake. Many people will also try to sell you souvenirs here too.

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    The Floating Market

    by janiebaxter Written May 6, 2008

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    Women in the Floating Market
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    As you pass through the main “street” of Ganvie, you will pass the floating market right in the centre of town. Most of the sellers are women who sit in their small canoes surrounded by their goods which can be anything from fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, wood for cooking and fabrics to hardware and pottery.
    Many of the women wear very wide brimmed and glamorous looking straw hats to shade them from the sun and their clothes are very bright and colourful.

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    Fish Farms

    by janiebaxter Written May 5, 2008

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    Fish Farm on Lake Nakoue

    There are many fish farms on Lake Nakoue and you will pass them on the way to Ganvie. They are owned by the local people. At one time the government tried to say that because the farms are on water and not land that they are the property of the government. However the local people won the argument saying they are the property of the ancestors.
    The farms work naturally. The area of water is enclosed with a fence made from palm trees. The fence rots and creates food in the water that the fish like, so the young fish go into the fish farm through holes that are big enough to let them through. They stay because there is more food there and then grow too big to get out.
    The fish are harvested at between 3 and 18 months, depending on how much the farmer needs the income. The farmer surrounds the area with a big net held down by special pins to catch the fish. The fish are then sold at the market in Abomey-Calavi or in the villages.

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    Festival Statue

    by janiebaxter Written May 5, 2008

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    Staute to commemorate the lake villages festival

    This statue was built by the UN in 1998 to commemorate the festival of lake villages, which was held in Ganvie. It shows 2 men on the back of a bird. It is built high enough so it doesn't get wet when the water level in Lake Nakoue is higher.
    You can get a good view of it from the hotel Germain, which is on the far side of town opposite the school.

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    Water Hyacinths

    by janiebaxter Written May 5, 2008

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    Water Hyacinths

    Lake Nakoue is 52sq km and is next to the sea. The water is salty 9 months of the year and fresh the other 3 months.
    Water Hyacinths grow naturally when the water is fresh, and they clean the water of impurities. They actually like dirty, polluted water, the dirtier the better. When the water is salty the salt kills the water hyacinths and they return when it is fresh again.
    In some parts of Africa, the water hyacinths have become a pest. This is because they grow like crazy if the conditions are right and the dirtiest water is usually around towns and villages. They spread rapidly and are very strong which makes it difficult to get boats through, so local people have transportation problems. A fish has been introduced into some areas that will eat the water hyacinths.

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    The daily life of Ganvie

    by Narviking Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    A must see in Ganvie is the daily life itself. Watch the people how they go on with their daily duties. Its incredible that people can live in such a place, especially for someone like me who are not used to such life.

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    Statue of the King

    by janiebaxter Written May 5, 2008

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    Statue of the King

    This statue of the King stands in a yard on one of the main streets in Ganvie. It towers over the surrounding houses.

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