Benin, officially the Republic of Benin, is a French speaking, West African nation. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country’s largest city and economic capital.
Benin is the birthplace of the vodun (or “voodoo”) religion. To this day Vodun remains the official religion of the country, and an important part of the life of ordinary Beninese.
Benin is also home to the former Dahomey Kingdom from circa 1600–1900. In Abomey, Dahomey’s former capital, the Historical Museum occupies two royal palaces with bas-reliefs recounting the kingdom’s past and a throne mounted on human skulls. To the north, Pendjari National Park offers safaris with elephants, hippos and lions.
There is a lot to see and do in Benin, but it is considered an off the beaten track destination. Nonetheless, there are hotels to meet every budget and taste. Some options are listed here…
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