Benin is not a country that tends to make it onto many traveler’s wish- list. A troubled history and poor portrayals in the media haven’t helped shine the most positive light on this relatively unknown African gem, boarded east by the more popular destination of Nigeria. But that’s all about to change.
As more Black Americans and others across the diaspora increase their interest in travel to the continent, curiosity in countries like Benin continues to grow.
Beninese native, Sharon Bossou (@dopydola), helps interested jetsetters fall in love with her and beautiful Benin one photo at a time. After scrolling through these snapshots, there’s no way you’ll be able to deny Benin’s distinctive appeal.
Welcome to Benin
This French-speaking West African country may not be at the top of your travel list yet, but soon it will be. Trust us. Historically, Benin is known as the birthplace of voodoo, it was acknowledged as an official religion in 1989. The country’s rich and complex history will fascinate visitors but it’s the untouched, palm-fringed beaches, expansive wildlife and next-level cuisine that blows them away.
Sun and Sand
If you love the beach, Fidjrosse is the perfect place to visit on your trip. The seemingly endless waters are wonderful for swimming, watersports, and simply relaxing.
You can’t come to Benin without visiting Ganvie, one of the largest lake villages in the country. Cradled by the waters of Lake Nokoué, near the port city of Cotonou, Ganvie is a popular stop for visitors who marvel at the stilt village (particularly at sunset), where nearly 24,000 Tofinu people live.