21 days in Benin Itinerary

21 days in Benin Itinerary

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Ouidah
— 3 nights
2
Bohicon
— 4 nights
3
Tanguieta
— 3 nights
4
Parakou
— 4 nights
5
Cotonou
— 5 nights

3
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Ouidah

Ouidah ©
Ouidah, historically also called Whydah, Juda, Juida by the French and Ajudá by the Portuguese, formally the Kingdom of Whydah (so named for the Whydah Bird of Paradise), is a city on the coast of the Republic of Benin. When in Ouidah, make a side trip to see Villa Karo in Grand Popo, approximately Grand Popo away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at La Porte Du Non Retour, make a trip to Temple des Pythons, and examine the collection at Ouidah Museum of History.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ouidah road trip planning site.

Lagos, Nigeria to Ouidah is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In January, daily temperatures in Ouidah can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for Bohicon on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Ouidah

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Villa Karo
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La Porte Du Non Retour ©
La Porte Du Non Retour
Temple des Pythons ©
Temple des Pythons
Ouidah Museum of History ©
Ouidah Museum of History

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Bohicon

Bohicon ©
Bohicon is a city in Benin, and a conurbation of Abomey lying 9 kilometres east of the city on the railway line from Cotonou to Parakou and on Benin's main highway RNIE 2 which joins the RNIE 4. Change things up with a short trip to Grotte Notre-Dame d'Arigbo in Dassa Zoume (about 1h 30 min away).

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bohicon online journey builder.

Drive from Ouidah to Bohicon in 2 hours. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel to Tanguieta.

Things to do in Bohicon

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grotte Notre-Dame d'Arigbo
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Grotte Notre-Dame d'Arigbo ©
Grotte Notre-Dame d'Arigbo

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Tanguieta

Tanguieta ©
Tanguiéta is a town, arrondissement and commune located in the Atakora Department of Benin.The commune covers an area of 5465 square kilometres and as of 2002 had a population of 54,719 people. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Pendjari National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tanguieta day trip app.

Traveling by car from Bohicon to Tanguieta takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Tanguieta are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You will leave for Parakou on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Tanguieta

Nature · Parks
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Pendjari National Park ©
Pendjari National Park

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Parakou

Parakou ©
Parakou is the largest city in eastern Benin, with an estimated population of around 206,667 people, and capital of the Borgou Department. Parakou is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parakou Mosque.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Parakou trip planner.

Drive from Tanguieta to Parakou in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tanguieta in January, Parakou is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. You will leave for Cotonou on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Parakou

Historic Sites
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Parakou Mosque ©
Parakou Mosque

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Cotonou

Cotonou ©
Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cotonou: Porto-Novo (Jardin Place Jean Bayol, Musee Honme (Palais Royal), &more) and Lac Nokoue (in Ganvie). There's much more to do: make a trip to Fondation Zinsou, enjoy the sand and surf at Obama Beach, view the masterpieces at Artisanal Center, and hunt for treasures at Marche Dantokpa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cotonou tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Parakou to Cotonou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Parakou in January, plan for slightly colder days in Cotonou, with highs around 37°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Cotonou

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porto-Novo, Lac Nokoue
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Lac Nokoue ©
Lac Nokoue
Fondation Zinsou ©
Fondation Zinsou
Bab's Dock ©
Bab's Dock

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