Exploring Tourism in Benin
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Benin Popular Places to Visit

Zinzou Foundation Museum

This museum of modern African art, accommodated in a wonderful 1920s Afro-Brazilian villa, exhibits drawings and statues as well as light, video and sound equipment. It’s an exclusive matter, managed by the Zinzou foundation out of Cotonou, a reputable organization with a rich history of backing Beninese painters. Most of the guides can speak minimum acceptable English.

Cotonou, Benin

The Cathedral Of Notre Dame Of Miséricorde

The Cathedral of Notre Dame also known as Cotonou Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cotonou and was built in 1883 close to the Ancient Pont Bridge.

Apart from the fact that it’s a place to worship for residents, it’s vibrant burgundy and white stripes are notable features of this historic structure. Inside the building is the white and cream stripes that leave a warm note to anyone who visits.

Cotonou, Benin


It is located in North-Western Benin and it’s known for its market, whipping ceremony and tradition of pipe making. If you are a true lover of culture and want to witness a diverse culture, then Boukoumbe town is a must-visit.

Apart from its impressive market and culture, it is close to Mount Kousso-Kovangou which is the highest point in Benin. Some interesting things about Boukoumbe also are the tata somnbas, the traditional two-story castle-like building which was originally built and inhabited by the Dita Mari people.

The tata sombas are like mud houses which are built like a fortress with thatched roofs to protect habitats from wild animals or intruders while the sombas are tribal names given to the residents living in the region of Atacora in Benin. The name Tata Somba is simply fortresses built to protect the Somba people.

Boukoumbe, Benin

Pendjari’s National Park

East African and South African wildlife parks are great and very diverse, Pendjari’s National park is worth giving a try. It has animals such as warthogs, baboons, birds, lions, leopards, antelopes, etc.

The Pendjari’s National Park was named after the Pendjari’s river which forms a border between Benin and Burkina Faso in the north.

Porto-novo, Benin

Temple Of Pythons

At the Temple of Pythons (just as the name sounds…. pythons!), dozens of these pythons are housed and worshipped at the temple of Vodun.

As gory as it sounds, it’s a religious practice to other similar Western African countries such as Ghana and Togo. These snarls of snakes aren’t harmful to humans and they are important religious symbols and are respected by the worshippers.

Ouidah, Benin

Lake Aheme

The alluvial waterside of Lake Ahémé is a beautiful spot to pass some days, especially around vibrant Possotomé, the region’s largest village. The lake is accessible to swimmers who can swim here which is a wonderful way to cool down or discover the region’s wildlife. 

Learn the skill of conventional fishing methods, encounter craftsmen at work or go on a captivating two-hour botanic trip to learn about regional plants and their medicinal qualities.

Possotome, Benin

Parc National De La Pendjari

This 2750-sq-km national park is one of West Africa’s finest for wildlife. Tourists may locate lions, leopards, elephants, baboons, and hippos. The finest observing time is close to the conclusion of the dry season (November to February), when the animals gather at water bodies. With waterfalls, a jungle landscape, and fine routes, it’s a delight to drive around. 

Cotonou, Benin

Ganvie Village

A lake village in Benin, Africa, Ganvie is situated in Lake Nokoué, close to Cotonou. With a population of nearly 20,000 people, it is possibly the biggest lake village in Africa and as such is very famous among the travelers.

Using the shallow waters and islands of Lake Nokoue a shelter, the Ganvie villagers are frequently mentioned to as “watermen. Actually based on agriculture, the village’s key industries other than tourism are today fishing and fish producing.

Ganvie, Benin

Lake Nokoue

This lake and small village is a great place for birdwatching. The species that call this 16,000 hectare lake there home include the African Openbill and the white crested heron. The lake is under threat from several environmental and biological issues such as logging, pollution and hunting of the wildlife. Conservation efforts are being made but the threat level is classified as high, so view this amazing area while you still can.

Cotonou, Benin


The second largest city in Benin. Despite its size, the city does not feel as lively and crowded as Porto Novo or Cotonou due to more open spaces and wider streets. The city is industrious with most of its economy focusing on cotton, textiles and peanut oil. There are a number of worthwhile things to see in Parakou including the open-air museum which shows traditional Bariba architecture and the market specialising in a traditional kind of beer.

Parakou, Benin