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Points of Interests

Ganvie, Lake Aheme, Parc National de la Pendjari, Zinzou Foundation Museum, Porto Novo, Abomey, Grand Popo


The south has an equatorial climate with four seasons.  It is hot and dry from January to April and during August, with rainy seasons through May to July and September to December.  The north has more extreme temperatures, hot and dry between November and June, cooler and very wet between July and October


Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport (COO) is the main airport. The main direct airline is Westair Benin, other airlines include Air France or Royal Air Maroc.


The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the currency of eight independent states in West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Being part of the French Monetary Area and it is tied to the Euro.  Credit cards are accepted on a limited basis

Travel Tips

• Women travellers may attract unwanted attention, be polite and firm

• Be aware of traffic accidents and muggings in the city

• Beaches along the coast are not safe for swimming because of strong currents