Benin Warnings and Dangers

  • Ouidah, Benin
    Ouidah, Benin
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  • The road to the beach in Cotonou
    The road to the beach in Cotonou
    by georeiser
  • Elephants are quite tetchy in Pendjari
    Elephants are quite tetchy in Pendjari
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Benin Warnings and Dangers

  • Benin 2011 Election

    There was a presidential election in Benin on 3/13. The election was supposed to have been held several months earlier but there were delays due to numerous issues with voter registration. The 3/13 vote was supposed to be a primary. There were 14 candidates one of which was the incumbent president Yahi Boni. There would typically have been a...

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  • An easier exit than last time!

    I was a bit wary about exit borders after last year's bother at Cotonou airport.This trip we left Benin to go into Burkina Faso at the Porga border checkpoint, in the North close to Pendjari National Park. I had no problems at all this time. This may have been due to the fact Alex, my guide, was with me or maybe this border point is just more...

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  • Cotonou Airport Beware Police at...

    Beware of the immigration police at Cotonou airport! My trip went very smoothly until departure when I got to the desk with my boarding card and passport and was told that my visa had expired! Of course it hadn’t, but the fact that I didn’t speak French didn’t help me to explain that it hadn’t. Luckily I had plenty of time before the flight so kept...

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  • Pollution in Cotonou.

    Although I found noise and dust levels quite acceptable everywhere else in Benin, Cotonou is really something else. The amount of mopeds being used as taxis does little to allay this, as the exhaust blast is just by your face if you've got the window open !!!

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  • Give a little!

    Be prepared for a long winded check in procedure at Cotonou airport. I passed through 10 separate checks on either my passport, my tickets or my luggage before I cold get on to the plane. Each stage was met with a polite suggestion that a "little gift" may be a good idea. I got through uncathed, but a fellow traveller had to give gifts to a total...

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  • This is a open air fish...

    This is a open air fish market. The temperature is about 100+ degrees, the flies come in the thousands so you can only imagine what this area smells like. Do not eat the fish.

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  • Be very careful where you eat....

    Be very careful where you eat. This is a photo of one of the many open air butcher shops. As you can see, the meat is hanging out in the open air. You do not know how long this meat has been, there along with everything else in the air and the many hands that have handled it along with the various species of insects that like to visit these areas.

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  • If you're thinking about going...

    If you're thinking about going from Benin into Nigeria, please educate yourself about Nigeria. Make sure your passports/visas are in order. Expect to be solicited by 'touts' who offer their 'assistance' in getting you through the border. Beware of open solicitations from 'Officials' on the Nigerian side. Please drive with care once you're inside...

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  • the main danger is to travel...

    the main danger is to travel by night by car or by bus in the cities and in the countrythere are some robers sometimes and policement are asking sometimes to pay a travel tax, why ?

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  • Avoid to take the road in the...

    Avoid to take the road in the night by bus or by car, it is very dangerous not only for your money but even for your life. there are robbers and during the night they try sometines to kill you, just for money...Do not show your valuable, it is not good for you and for them, this country is very poor.

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  • The market area in Cotonou is...

    The market area in Cotonou is quite safe but it is good to be vigilant. The bridges are better avoided at night. Of anthropological interest was the large number of Hindu shopkeepers, reminiscent of their ancestors in East Africa.Lebanese own many of the middle sized businesses.I ate at some very good french restaurants and one, peculiarly enough,...

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  • Be very careful of malaria. I...

    Be very careful of malaria. I DO NOT recomend Lariam as a prophylaxis. It has bad side effects. I actually recommend getting Doxicylcine. It is MUCH cheaper, works better and has no side effects.Also, I strongly recommend not going out at night.If you decide that you want to go the the beach, only go to a guarded beach. I recommend going to the...

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