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The Republic of Benin (French: République du Bénin) is a country in western Africa. It shares land borders with Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Togo, as well as having a short coastline on the Bight of Benin (part of the Atlantic Ocean).

As of 2009, the population of Benin was estimated as being 8,791,832. The country's capital is Porto-Novo (also known as "Hogbonou" and "Adjacé") which had a population of 223,552 as of 2002. The largest city in Benin is however Cotonau, for which the official population estimate in 2006 was 761,137, although unofficial estimates sometimes put the population as high as 1.2 million.

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Benin Country Details


Country Name Benin
Political Status Country
Geographic Location West Africa
Principal Language French
Capital Porto-Novo


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Benin (Other Places Travel Guide)
By Michael Bolin & Felicie Reid

Other Places Publishing
Paperback (218 pages)

Benin (Other Places Travel Guide)
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Fully updated second edition with a portion of all proceeds going back into the local communities of Benin.

Benin is a country of wonder and mystery, fitting all levels of adventure and comfort. Its unique mixture of culture, history, geography, and wildlife provides the ultimate West African experience. From thrilling zemidjan moped rides to spotting hippos from dugout canoes, traveling across Benin will surely stimulate visitors’ senses and broaden their horizons.

The authors each served two years in Benin as Peace Corps Volunteers. During their time in Benin, they lived, worked, and played while experiencing everything the country had to offer. This book is a result of their first-hand knowledge and from the contributions of countless locals, each with their own specialty and unique insight. To see the real Benin and to travel like a local, this book is a must.

Benin: The Bradt Travel Guide
By Stuart Butler

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (232 pages)

Benin: The Bradt Travel Guide
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This new guide to Benin expands the Bradt range of West African guides further, exploring this small but varied country which is gaining popularity with adventure and exotic travel enthusiasts. National parks, game viewing, markets, pristine tropical beaches, and surfing are just some of the highlights of Benin that are readily available with aid of this guide, which caters to cultural and historical visitors, those tracing their roots in Benin's slave trade, overland adventurers, and wildlife enthusiasts.

Features include:
>Where to find the best music, dance, and food in Benin
>Wildlife in depth--with an exploration of the Parc National du W and Parc National de la Pendjari
>Detailed focus on the slave kingdom of Dahomey
>Wide-ranging historical background information including the history and culture of voodoo

Lonely Planet West Africa (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Paperback (512 pages)

Lonely Planet West Africa (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet West Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the Senegalese music scene in Dakar, sun yourself in the coastal paradise of Freetown, or hike through lush highlands in Kpalime; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of West Africa and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet West Africa Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, religion, arts, cuisine, environment, sport, arts and crafts, culture
  • Over 80 maps
  • Covers Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet West Africa, our most comprehensive guide to West Africa, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Africa guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Benin (Other Places Travel Guide)
By Erika Kraus

Brand: Other Places Publishing
Paperback (208 pages)

Benin (Other Places Travel Guide)
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Benin is a country of wonder and mystery, fitting all levels of adventure and comfort. Its unique mixture of culture, history, geography, and wildlife provides the ultimate West African experience. From thrilling zemidjan moped rides to spotting hippos from dugout canoes, traveling across Benin will surely stimulate visitors' senses and broaden their horizons. Erika and Felicie, the authors, lived, worked, and played in Benin for over two years while attached to the Peace Corps. They experienced this fascinating country like few outsiders have before and created a national network of locals who all contributed their own specialty and unique insight for this book. To see the real Benin and to travel like a local, this book is a must.

- Discover Cotonou's lively markets and nightlife.

- Explore the settlements along the mighty Mono River and hike in the picturesque granite hills of the central Collines region.

- Lounge on the sunny, palm-fringed beaches of Grand Popo before exploring the historical cities of Ouidah and Abomey.

- Embark on a veritable wildlife safari in the national parks of the north, and marvel at the vast plains of the Sahel in the upper Atakora and Alibori regions.

- Enjoy the resilient spirit, charm, and vitality of the Beninese people who will captivate visitors and keep them coming back for more.

Safari Guide II: Detailed, Up-to-Date Information on Big-Game Hunting in Benin, Botswana, CAmeroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Mozambique, ... South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Safari Press
Paperback (329 pages)

Safari Guide II: Detailed, Up-to-Date Information on Big-Game Hunting in Benin, Botswana, CAmeroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Mozambique, ... South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
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Safari Guide II is a completely updated work that gives detailed information on all aspects of hunting in the hunting countries of Africa. Whether you are planning your first trip to South Africa or Namibia and want to get insightful information on the who, what, when, or where, or whether you are planning a trip to Ethiopia for an animal such as the mountain nyala, Safari Guide II will clearly show you what to expect-from the preplanning paperwork to the point when you actually start hunting.

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