November 17, 2014 Miriam Chiazor

Welcome to Benin

The Republic of Benin is an amazing country to visit on an itinerary of West African countries.

Benin consists of narrow wedge settings extending northward for about 420 miles from the Gulf of Guinea, where it records a 75-mile coast of the Atlantic Ocean to the River Niger, which forms its northern border with Niger. Agriculture, cotton production and regional trade are the mainstay of Benin’s economy, while the GDP totalled $18 billion with Per Capita of $1,791 in 2013.

Benin is endowed with fantastic natural environment. As a tropical region, the land is blessed with wildlife and rainforests, alongside with national reserves like Parc de la Pandjeri and Parc W. Its long coastline already attracts tourists, and various ongoing projects have been designed to draw more tourists in.

Traveling to Benin can be interesting for visitors. Apart from its bouquets of minimal beaches and lagoons, it boasts of waterfalls, hills and lush grassland spread across. You will also get to explore the Ouidah Slave Route, Royal Palaces of Abomey and its rich history, as you come across large palatial ruins and temples of Dahomey.

The southern part of Benin experiences two seasons of rain in the year, starting from April to middle of July, and from mid-September to October ending. November to February is the best time to visit this amazing country, when temperature is moderate and the weather becomes dry with minimal humidity.





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Quick facts

  • Official name
    The Republic of Benin
  • Location
    Benin is located in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west; Nigeria to the east; Burkina Faso and Niger to the north; and the Atlantic Ocean to the south
  • Government
  • Dialing code
  • Climate weather
    Tropical/humid to semi-arid
  • Population
    10,160,556 on 112,622 km²
  • Official language
  • Other major languages
    Fon, Yoruba, Baatonum and Fulani
  • Currency
    West African CFA Franc (XOF).
  • Foreign currencies accepted
    EUR (€), USD ($)
  • Entry requirements
    Visa (takes less than 7 days to process); Yellow Fever certificate is required on arrival from all travelers over one year of age. (For more information, visit -
  • Security advice
    Avoid political gatherings and street demonstrations, and maintain security awareness at all times. You should not walk on the beach, at any time of day, alone. Swimming conditions along Benin’s coastline are notoriously dangerous due to strong and changeable tides, waves, and rip currents. Robbery and muggings occur along the Boulevard de France (the beach road by the Marina and Novotel Hotels), on the beaches near hotels frequented by international visitors, and within the Haie Vive and Les Cocotiers neighborhoods (where many bars and restaurants frequented by expatriates are located), in addition to other parts of the city. Travelers should avoid isolated and poorly lit areas and should not walk around the city or the beaches between dusk and dawn. Beware of scammers.