Between the cotton fields and the majestic mountains, suddenly appeared traditional houses with an unique shape, made from clay, straw and wooden sticks. A woman guided me through one of these so called tata compounds. From the kitchen we enter the bathroom on the roof, where clay surfaces monopolize the […]Read More
Cycle Guide Benin
A small, but long country. Pass through it in one day, or explore the inner depths more inland. The country offers an interesting history of their Voodoo religion. The people are very friendly, but also very poor. You can expect some begging.
You can get a visa online at https://evisa.gouv.bj/en/ very easy, but you must have a credit card.
- 1 month, single entry, €50
- 1 month, multiple entry, €75
- 3 month, multiple entry, €100
|Language||French, local languages|
|Currency||CFA (2019: €1 = CFA 655)|
|Religion||Islam, Christianity, Voodoo|
|GDP-rank||#168 (of 192 countries)|
See & Do
Possible, but there are lots of people everywhere, so consider asking permission first.
A great way of meeting locals and sleeping in your own comfortable bed. Ask anyone in a village and they will search a spot for you.
Most cities have accommodation. Room with fan should be around 5.000 CFA, with AC a bit more. Expect bucket showers.
WS / CS
Not very common, only big cities offer CS hosts.
Unknown, but the best chances are somewhere in Cotonou.
Food & Drinks
- Onroad: Omeltte+bread / Spaghetti (±800CFA)
- Local food: Wagasi cheese, Acaraje
- Local drink: Sodabi
Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities.