Ganvie, stilt village
 
Benin
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Facts
Area:
112,622 km²
Population:
5,720,000 (1997)
Capital:
Porto Novo
Languages:
French, Fon, Adja, Yoruba
Religions:
Traditional beliefs 60%, Roman Catholic 21%
Currency:
1 CFA = 100 centimes

 

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Our Thoughts

Benin keeps some beautiful beaches that no one knows about except the turtles. History buffs will be interested to check the grounds of the ancient Dahomey kingdom, one of most robust in Western Africa. The biggest slave trade ran through here from the interior. We liked the candy cane church in Cotonou and the moped taxis.

Highlight: Ganvie, a village that sits on stilts in the middle of a lagoon. Where else can you fish in traffic?

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Itinerary
Trip 2001
December 8 We lounge on fantastic African coastland at the Grand Popo beaches.
December 9 We drive to Cotonou and the nearby fishing village of Ganvie which is built entirely on stilts in the center of a lagoon. We explore Ganvie on the only transportation available: a pirogue (dug-out canoe).
December 10 We leave the coast and drive to Abomey, the ancient capital of the Dan Homey Kingdom. The original palace here was one of the wonders of West Africa and dates back to the 17th century.
Highlights

 

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