Whispers from West Africa
Explore the lands of West Africa, filled with magic and gold, wonderful wildlife beguiling people and a haunting historical past, welcome to the Africa of Old
The birth place of Voodoo may not be on everyone’s travel list, however Benin is a small yet fascinating country situated in West Africa. Along the Atlantic coast there are idyllic palm-fringed beaches, and the north is home to Parc National de la Pendjari, one of the best wildlife parks in West Africa. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants and hundreds of other species thrive here.
Benin was also home to the slave trade for almost 300 years. As a result, the culture and architecture has been heavily influenced by this; incredible clay fortresses, a town marooned in the middle of a lake, faded Afro-Brazilian buildings constructed by freed slaves returning to their homeland. Along the Slave Coast, the Door of No Return marks the tragic embarkation point for Africans shipped to the Americas.
Despite being a small country, Benin is incredibly diverse – its 10 million inhabitants speak over 50 languages. Benin is also divided into kingdoms, many villages still have kings, chiefs and palaces.
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Weather & Climate
Benin's climate is tropical, hot and humid,.
When to go
The best time to visit Benin is during the dry season (October - February). This is when the rain starts to end, the humidity drops and so does the temperature making it more pleasant.
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