Off the beaten path: Benin

Benin, the birthplace of Vodun (Voodoo), where serpents are being worshiped on a regular basis, the major center of slave trade in the past, the land of fascinating ethnic groups and cultures, and the most stable destination of the region, has a lot to offer for the off the beaten path travelers. There are plenty of Voodoo temples to check out, along with the skull and skin filled fetish markets, there are weird legends about water demons and the African Venice, unusual clay Tata tower houses, breathtaking wildlife viewing locations and many more.


Ganvie village in Benin is the African Venice, where buildings stand on stilts and canoes are used to get around. The demon of lake Nakoue saved Tofinu people from slave traders and provided them with…

Voodoo festival in Benin

The Voodoo Festival in Ouidah, Benin, is an amazing experience of everything voodoo-related, and it's not your westernized voodoo dolls, pins and needles. The festival features Egungun from Benin,…
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