Benin Off The Beaten Path

  • Flood west for Grand Popo, Benin
    Flood west for Grand Popo, Benin
    by georeiser
  • Statue of Toussaint Louverture
    Statue of Toussaint Louverture
    by janiebaxter
  • Floating Market at Ganvie
    Floating Market at Ganvie
    by janiebaxter

Benin Off The Beaten Path

  • The rainy season and floods

    The lowlands west for Grand Popo in Benin are vulnerable for flood in the rainy season. I drove past areas where the waterlevel was high. Some houses were actually covered with water. But this year was better than som previous years.

  • Grand Popo - Laid Back and Lovely!

    Grand Popo is on the coast just 85km from Cotonou. The road is good all the way so it's an easy journey by car - we had our own vehicle.There is plenty to do and see in Grand Popo but it is so laid back and relaxed that it is very easy just to do nothing and relax on the lovely big sandy beach, which stretches all the way to Togo. The sea is really...

  • Take the train

    If you are heading to Northern Benin or on to Niger, and you have the time, consider taking the train. It is surprisingly comfortable, it travels away from the roads to some slightly remoter villages, and is much less crowded than a bush taxi. The down side is that it is slower and only goes to Parakou, but Parakou is a pleasant enough place to...

  • Villages off the main road

    If you are in Benin dont spend all the time in the cities. Go out to visit the small villages. There you find the "real Africa".

  • We were introduced to a...

    We were introduced to a witchdoctor of the village. This is a photo of her. We were told that in her earlier days that she was able place curses on people and that she would eat human flesh. We had a church service in this village and she was in the service that night and was saved.

  • there is a gas station here...

    there is a gas station here ?yes , look at on your right, just here , in the bottle....but do not take that for your car, for it will work for some miles only, after , surprise ...?


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