Explore the countries of sunny West Africa on this comprehensive two week tour of Ghana, Togo and Benin. Enjoy the best of Africa with beaches, bustling cities, historic ruins and meeting the local people.
Explore western Africa on this fantastic three week overland tour which visits Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin. This vibrant, lush and historic part of the world offers so much to the traveller; from stunning scenery, through music and food to the warm welcome of the people.
Explore the western African nations of Benin, Togo, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana on this comprehensive tour. This part of the world combines stunning scenery with epic history, great music and food with a warm welcome.
“Benin is as varied in its landscapes and weather as it is by peoples and customs. It the south you can relax on a beach and watch the whales in season while a journey to the north will take you to village-covered hillsides. From the wild weekly market of Boukombe to the National Park of Pendjari, Benin can offer a fascinating holiday to any traveller.”
One great reason to come to Benin is to see the whales that pass through every August to November. You can take a boat out and may even be lucky enough to see an entire whale surface or their blowholes.
Benin has all that can be offered for a country lying between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer. The landscape is pretty flat, with an average height of just over 200 meters; however, there’s plenty to see at the beaches, savannas, rivers, hills, jungles and forests. The Pendjari National Park is one of the highlights of any trek to Benin. The Atacora Region in the north of the country has some of the best walking and trekking routes too. You’ll have chances to spend the night with locals and really get to know a unique area. In and around Porto Novo (Abomey), you can visit the newly “discovered” primeval forest, by pirogue or walking. If you want coastlines and greenery, then staying in the south affords greener, though wetter, trekking conditions.
Getting out in Benin by mountain bike is great way to explore. The coastline provides some nice routes if you like views. The south will give you greenways while the north will give way to savannah and rolling hills, great for those in normal bike fitness. There are Baobab trees as you make your way north and a stop at the Pendjari Park will afford views of buffalos, elephants, warthogs, antelopes, bocks, hippos, monkeys and lions.
Fishing is a sustainable livelihood for the people of Benin. Lately, it seems that fishing is a popular way to attract the tourist. It’s possible to go out and fish off the coast, where an array of fish awaits your live bait. It was actually the Ghanaian fisherman you see that brought deep-sea fishing to the Beninese. Millions of dollars are earned annually by the exportation of fish to other countries. Inland fishing, such as in lagoons and lakes, is also an important part of the Beninese economy. With the right permits, you can venture off to fish some of the inland waters with a tour group or alone with guide. Lake Nokoue lies in southern Benin, and though not very big, offers some nice fishing and bird watching venues.
Benin offers up great wildlife tracking and viewing in the Pendjari and “W” National Parks.
Benin is longer than it is wide. Therefore the weather up north can be quite different from the weather down south. The south, then, has an equatorial climate: hot and dry from January to April; the rainy season extends only from May to July and September until December. The north is hot and dry in November and June, with wetter days and cooler evenings around July to October. If you’re going to travel from the coast to the north (or vice versa), then bring appropriate clothing for all the seasons.
Explore western Africa on this fantastic three week overland tour which visits Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin. This vibrant, lush and historic part of the world offers so much to the traveller; from stunning scenery, through music and food to the warm welcome of the people. More
Explore the western African nations of Benin, Togo, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana on this comprehensive tour. This part of the world combines stunning scenery with epic history, great music and food with a warm welcome. More
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