The birthplace of voodoo and home to the slave trade for almost 300 years - little-known Benin is a fascinating place to visit


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Your full Wanderlust guide to travel in Benin

A rich culture steeped in fascinating history. A rugged coastline sprinkled with white sand and swaying palms. Big wildlife including lions and elephants. Benin packs in a lot of travel experiences, making for a diverse and adventurous travel experience…

Benin vital statistics

  • Capital city: Porto-Novo
  • Population: 11.8 million
  • Money: West African franc
  • Int dialing code: +229
  • Languages: French (official) Fon, Ge, Bariba, Yoruba, Dendi
  • Visas: British passport holders need a visa to enter Benin.
  • Voltage: 220V
  • Time: GMT+1

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