Benin Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 32%, Benin has always historically been associated with the Atlantic Slave Trade - a moniker that shadows it to this very day, with the coastal area still commonly referred to as the "Slave Coast". Benin is also one of the world poorest countries, with a literacy rate that is shocking by modern standards. With all of this going against it, you might ask yourself why would you want to visit? The first answer - as with many African countries - is the wildlife. National Parks such as Pendjari provide a safari experience that will allow you to see most of the Big 5 in virtual seclusion from other PlanetHoppers! - something you could never say of many of the continent's more famous parks. But this doesn't really tell the whole story of Benin, as it also has a fascinating cultural side that is on display at such places as the Royal Palaces of Abomey, where you can explore the seat of power for an ancient kingdom that ruled much of the surrounding region for hundreds of years. While Benin definitely isn't for the 5-star holidayer, it does offer an "off the beaten track" experience that is all its own.
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Penetrate the dense barrier of prickly acacia and enter the complex housing Benin's Royal Palaces of Abomey, the last remaining remnant of the once great kingdom that ruled West Africa for over 300 years. With a circumference of....
|Coordinates:||9 30 N, 2 15 E|
|Currency:||Communaute Financiere Africaine Francs (XOF)|
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- Location: Benin