Last updated: 24 December 2017
One of the smallest, least populated and most peaceful countries in Africa, this French speaking country is on the west coast. This is where voodoo originated, and it was also a major departure point for the export of slaves. In Oiudah follow the route that the slaves took from the Portuguese fort to the ships that took them abroad.

Visit Ganvie by motorboat or dugout canoe. This floating village of stilted houses was constructed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a defence against slavers. Today it houses twenty thousand people.

The capital, Porto Nova, was originally built as a port for the slave trade. It is best known for its lovely colonial architecture, and several well-stocked museums.


Visit Abomey, known as the Royal City, it was capital of the ancient Kingdom of Dahomey. It contains splendid royal palaces and a throne of human skulls. It also has one of Africa’s best museums, and its artists and craftsmen are famed for their beautiful handiwork.

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