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    • Benin, officially Republic of Benin, French République du Bénin, formerly (until 1975) Dahomey or (1975–90) People’s Republic of Benin, country of western Africa.
    • It consists of a narrow wedge of territory extending northward for about 420 miles (675 kilometres) from the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean, on which it has a 75-mile seacoast, to the Niger River, which forms part of Benin’s northern border with Niger.
    • Benin is bordered to the northwest by Burkina Faso, to the east by Nigeria, and to the west by Togo.
    • The official capital is Porto-Novo, but Cotonou is Benin’s largest city, its chief port, and its de facto administrative capital.
    • Benin was a French colony from the late 19th century until 1960.

    Benin has so much to offer, here are some of the things Benin is known for.

    • Ganvié: Spending a night at this lakeside stilt village while while peering out over sublime lake life.
    • Lake Ahémé: Learning traditional fishing techniques and taking a dip at lake's shores.
    • Parc National de la Pendjari: Spotting lions, cheetahs, elephants and more in one of West Africa's best wildlife parks.
    • Zinzou Foundation Museum: Pondering contemporary African Art at this remarkable museum.
    • Porto Novo: Discovering Benin's mellow capital, with its Afro-Brazilian heritage.
    • Abomey: Visiting the ruined palaces and temples of the kings of Dahomey.
    • Grand Popo: Putting your bags down at this lovely beach town and relaxing on Benin's beautiful palm-fringed coast.

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