Bucket List 196: Benin!

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Country 43/196: Benin. The home of voodoo and one of the largest floating cities in the world, Benin (or Benan as the locals pronounce it) has undergone a radical transformation since the collapse of communism in the early 90’s. Signs of that past can still be seen, no least through an enormous red star in the country’s largest city: Cotonou. However, Benin has long since embraced outside investment and the tourism industry is growing rapidly, particularly to its National Parks in the far north. Be sure to have a quick glance at the safety situation first.

The Road Travelled

Tales From Benin

I’m on the Highway to Sahel

November 29th, 2019 Jack Noah Rees Last week, I visited floating villages and Lagosian art galleries, as well as having my nuts gnawed by some hungry simians. This week, I leave the Atlantic Coast for the first time as I venture north towards a vastly different climate, culture and cattle. Welcome to the Sahel. Day 50 – Lagos, Nigeria Right, as…

I’ve Benin Worse Places

November 26th, 2019 Jack Noah Rees Last week, I convalesced with a giant tortoise named Togo before conversing with an enormous baboon named Benin (one of those is untrue). This week, I reached the easternmost point of my voyage, as I arrived in ‘Africa’s capital’ and largest metropolis: Lagos. Day 43 – Cotonou, Benin As you may or may not have…

Togo or not Togo

November 14th, 2019 Jack Noah Rees Last week, I spluttered and stuttered along the streets of Accra before hearing of the horrors of life inside the slave forts on Ghana’s Gold Coast. This week, I amble further along the shores of the Atlantic, catching crabs on some of West Africa’s finest beaches. Day 36 – Cape Coast, Ghana to Lomé, Togo…



Country: 43/196     Visited: Autumn ’19


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