When it comes to the true Western African culture, Benin is the country for you. Enriched with a strong cultural history and known to be the birthplace of the voodoo culture, this country is definitely worth a visit. Here, you can explore the afro – Brazilian heritage and its amazing natural beauty.
Begin your journey from the capital city of Porto Novo, where you can explore the mesmerizing colonial architectures, museums or even stroll down the tranquil leafy streets. After this, you can travel ahead to Ketou which has a strong cultural heritage of the Yoruba kingdom. What makes this destination an interesting place to visit is the fact it has all the qualities of beaten track destination. Parakou is your next destination. It derives its name from the local tribal word that means a city for everyone, which comes as no surprise since it comprises of a bustling marketplace. Your next destination is Djougou, which makes for an excellent place to visit, especially for its rural civilization. You can visit the various mosques and churches here before heading off to your next destination of Natitingou where there are plenty of tourist’s attractions to view and experience. Whether it is the seasonal wildlife or the manmade structures here, your trip here will be completely filled before you move to your next destination. Tanguieta is next on your itinerary, which is the perfect crossroad to all the major attractions located nearby. From this destination, you can visit the waterfalls in Tanangou, the National Park of Pendjari and even the weekend millet beer market in Tayacou. Head towards your last destination of Malanville where you can visit the local bustling colourful markets and the local river which will allow you plenty of activities to indulge in.
With a rich cultural history and several natural attractions, there is plenty to view and explore here. Amongst the natural attractions the national parks are a must visit. They include the mesmerizing Pendjari National Park, which is home to several big game like elephants, West African lions, hippopotamuses, buffalo and various species of antelopes. It is also home to several species of birds. The W national park is also another place you must visit especially since it includes three other regions here. To experience the rich cultural history of this country, you must visit the Royal Palaces of Abomey which comprises of 12 different structures that is spread over a large area. Built in 1625, today it stands as one of the most visited structures in the country. Another royal structure that is a must visit is King Toffa’s Palace which stands as a museum that houses all the relics and artifacts of King Toffa’s rule.
When it comes to the Benin cuisines, be prepared to travel on an adventure filled with exotic spices and delightful flavors. You will find plenty of dishes that are made from meat and corn. Some of the specialty meals that are a must try is the wagasi and the acarage which is normally served along with the moyo sauce. The other meals that you can try are the akassa, akpan, aloko, amiwo and garri. To satisfy your sweet tooth, you can opt for the beye which is a local speciality. For the beverages, you can try the choukachou which is the locally brewed millet beer. You can even try the sodabi liquor made from wine palm.
When it comes to the activities here, there is plenty to do here. Tours and treks are one way of exploring the local attractions and culture here. The local rivers make an excellent opportunity for rafting or kayaking. You can even go for boat rides here, which is most beneficial for family trips. Shopping is one delightful venture here, where you can experience the true blend of culture and civilization since especially it varies from region to region.
As a new destination it is a delightful place to explore and experience new surprises. These new ventures will make a delightful addition to your memories that will last a lifetime. However, in such situations, you must be prepared for any eventuality. It is quite possible that you may face an unexpected mishaps or mayhem that might affect your trip or even harm your health. In such situations, it is important you have a safety net. Flexicover, with its range of single trip travel insurance, multi-trip travel insurance, gap-year travel insurance and many other covers, ensures that you are well equipped for every eventuality.
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