The African nation of Benin, formerly known as Dahomey was first to begin political system of rule. Travel Benin to discover Dahomeyan temples and palaces in true African style, unique wildlife and ancient traditions. This land has evidence of French colonization in almost all sections of society.
Porto Novo is the capital of this country. It has many colonial and recent architectural marvels. Visit the Ethnological Museum for an outstanding experience. Abomey Museum here is a well known for history of many kingdoms of Abomey and human skull throne, other ancient artifacts of the culture. Fetish Temple is interesting monument for visit.
Variety of fauna like elephants, lions, cheetahs, crocodiles and hippos can be spotted at Pendjari National Park. Nakoue lagoon is well known for canoeing or motorboat ride. Ouidah town is well known for Portuguese fortresses and a historic Temple of Sacred Python. Voodoo is an essential section of the country. It is evident in the form of signs in towns and items in market consisting of animal skin and heads.
Boukombe is a weekly market for purchasing articles designed by Somba people. Centre Artisanal is popular for buying local items and handicrafts at affordable cost. Cotonou is home to a museum with special collectibles at display and it has the well known Dan Tokpa market. You can go sailing at the Yacht Club here. As you go to northwest of this place you reach the Ganvie lake village. This place is well known for its stilt houses and water market.
Nightlife is mostly not seen here, Cotonou offers a choice of nightclubs to have a drink or just enjoy holidays. Most restaurants and hotels serve the dishes of French style. Sea food and African regional specialties are also available at a few places.
Bask on the palm covered beaches or just roam around in the timeless colonial streets of this land. Travel Benin for a perfect vacation to escape the hustle and bustle of life, for a relaxing invigorating experience.