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  • Visa for Benin

    You can get at the main borders from Lagos to Cotonou and Lome to Cotonou a transit visa quite quick for 10000 CFA, valid for 48 hours and extendable in Cotonou for 12000 CFA (but the nigerian side of the border is very difficult).

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  • Benin visa on arrival

    All tourists need a Benin visa. But you can also get a 48 hours transit visa at the border for 12000 CFA (17 USD). Once in Cotonou you will have to visit immigration and once again apply, and pay yet again the same amount for an extended visa which can take up to two days to process, valid for 30 days. Visa on arrival is not possible at the...

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  • Benin info

    .Visa: Visa on arrival when you cross the borders by land will be issued for only 48 hours stay. There are some hassle to get the visa, and the process may take some time. This can be a problem if the bus have to wait for you at the border. The price is 12000 CFA (15 USD). Note that visa on arrival is not possible at the airport.Mobil phone: Good...

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  • Crossing the Togo-Benin border

    When traveling overland with bus or car you have to get off at Aneho bus station in Togo and walk the 300 meters to the border of Benin. The car will wait for you at the other side of of the border. IMPORTANT: Take notice of the car you are driving and get the registration number, color and what type of car it is, because you are in a stressful...

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  • Visa for Benin

    At the border with Togo we could get easily a transit visa for 48 hours to enter Benin(20$). For the extension of the visa we had to go to the Immigration Office of the Ministry of Interior in Cotonou (Avenue Jean Paul II).Before 11 am you have to bring the application form and to pay 12.000 CFA (about 25 $). And in the morning they tell you, that...

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  • Mister President

    The most curious object I found at the side walks of the Avenue Steinmetz was a mirror.The mirror showed the image of the president and the text " SE le General Mathion Kerekou, President de la Republique du Benin, Chef de l'Etat"i wonder, who will hang this mirror in his house or office. It gave me the chance to make a picture of myself in the...

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  • Cotonou, stalls and shops

    The Avenue Clozel in the heart of the citycentre of Cotonou has a lot of shops, streetstalls and also some restaurants and exchange offices.I enjoyed the many streetstalls, especially the creative way they display their products.

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  • Cotonou, citycentre

    We spent one day in Cotonou and walked mainly around in the citycentre.In the Fon language the meaning of Cotonou, founded in 1830, is ''mouth of the river of death''. Allthough Cotonou is one of the biggest cities in Benin, it has at many places a laid-back atmosphere. So many of the side streets of the Avenue Steinmetz in the heart of the town...

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  • Ouidah, market

    I liked to stroll around at the African markets, so I did at the market in Ouidah, having a look at the local products. In this market at the day/moment of my visit many stalls were empty, so it was hard to find enough vegetables for preparing the evening meal. Only these chickens were waiting for their fate.

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  • Ouidah, local shops

    Near the market of Ouidah in the centre of the town were a lot of colourful local shops.Here we found vegetables like tomatoes, onions and carrots, but also the ''vache qui rit'' cheese, eggs, peanutbutter and bread. I always like it, not only to look around, but also to do some real shopping, when I'm in a town or village.

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  • Northern Benin

    The north of Benin, here close to the border to Niger, is much more dry than the costal areas. Its not that tropical climate, and the vegetation is not even as dense as in the south of the country. On the pic on the left you can see the Niger river which builds the borderline towards the country Niger, in the northeastern corner of Benin.You can...

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  • frensh dictionary

    there is a huge park in the north, at the border to Niger and Burkina, opened from Dec-March, were elephants, lions, hippos etc can be seen on guided toursfrench is the official language, however hands and feet talk as well and a dictionary helpsTanguieta wondering over the enormous market in Cotonouit is a very different world, different colours,...

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  • The costal line

    The main tourist attractions of Benin are situated in the costal areas of the country, in the south. There you will find the economical heart of Benin, Cotonou. It is a busy but altough very atmospheric city. See the "must-see" tip...Another well known location is Abomey, the ancient capital of the Dahomey kingdom. Today you can visit there the...

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  • It is amazing to see how these...

    It is amazing to see how these people built there homes out in the middle of the lake, several miles from shore so that they would not be found.

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  • You must visit Ganvie, this is...

    You must visit Ganvie, this is a city on the lake with about 15000 people. The story is that these people disappeared from the Mainland, hundreds of years ago hiding from the Kings of Africa who were capturing whole villages to sell as slaves. I enjoyed going up into the Bush Country Village of Akiza. We stayed overnight here. The people in the...

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  • nygaston's General Tip

    The sun is sooooooo beautiful in Africa and so powerful that the earth sometimes takes the color from the sun and becomes red...

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  • travel thru the forest and...

    travel thru the forest and discover small villages by boat (VILLAGE ON WATERS) at the north of cotonou near Nigeria country. You may see small village lost in the forest , difficult to find but so beautifulI made a 2 hours video tape with some pictures.I will try to manage for a presentation some day...

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  • il parai que vous devé allé au...

    il parai que vous devé allé au parc au nord le parc panjarie mais on es tombé en panne alors on a fait demi tour .vous devez allé nagé dans la mer a cotonou la capitale il a de grosse vagues et l eau est chaude et aussi allé nagé dans on petit partdis la cascade de KOTA.

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  • There is this place called...

    There is this place called Biafran market, it is a market where clothes are sold, by mostly Igbo People from Nigeria.They ocupy a section of the market, they sell their wears there, with a lot of noise, bell ringing, and all sot.

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  • The Embassy of Benin is in...

    The Embassy of Benin is in Mirarmar in La Habana, Cuba. The embassy, its personnel, fading photographs and the rare tourist material, Beninoise students waiting for passage home gave a good introduction to what was to come.By the way it was very easy to get a visa to Benin at the Embajada de Benin in La Habana

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  • Narviking's General Tip

    Fondest memory from Benin is Luc Ebah and his nice family which made my stay in Benin so wonderful.PHOTO: LUC (right) AND SOME OF HIS FAMILYMEMBERS.

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