Small West African country Benin is located close to Togo, Niger and Nigeria. It belongs to these African countries where locals speak French. Despite the colonial past of the country, there are not many attractions to visit there. Porto-Novo - the capital - is an industrial center. Cotonou is the largest city. Government and diplomatic services are placed there.
Benin is a poor, agrarian country. Locals grow cotton, cashew nuts and corn. Most people can't visit a doctor and go to the local wizard for help.The daily life of locals is determined by magic rituals and "signs".
However, Benin is interesting with its original life of locals. The Marsh Village Gave (close to Cotonou) is a home for 20.000 people. The local religion forbade the slave trade on the water near the cities.
Thus, residents of Ganve wanted to protect themselves and avoid slavery. They built houses standing on piles, and all their life was on and in water.Pendjari National Park has the largest population of elephants, hippos, buffalo and lions.
In Ouidah city you can visit the Historical Museum. Its 11 rooms keep ancient artifacts found in Benin. The Museum of Contemporary African Art displays the unique exhibits - art works of local masters.
Gran Polo beaches ( near Cotonou ) are clean and do not have many tourists. These beaches are the only places where you can swim in the country. The other sea shores have much garbage.
The main transport of locals are mopeds and motorcycles. Tourists can use motorcycle taxi.