Benin

05.03.2014-12.03.2014

Distance driven: 1520km

Days spent: 7

Distance driven/day: 217,14km

Diesel price: 0,94€/l

Money spent: 573€

Costs/day: 82€

Costs/km: 0,38€

Visa:

We got our visa in Accra (Ghana). The embassy (N5 37.005 W0 11.195) is a bit hidden but still in the main area of diplomatic representations. A 14 day single entry visa costs 40Cedi (11,60€) and a one month multiple entry visa 80Cedi (23,20€). They tried to extract an extra fee for same day processing but gave up quickly so we could pick up our passports at 14:00. We had to fill out two times the same form and provide 2 passport photos.

 

Ouidah in the South had some art and slave monuments but did not impress us too much. In Abomey further North we did a quite interesting voodoo tour and visited the Dan-Homey Palace and Museum. Great was the drive towards the border with Togo in the far North from Natitingou towards Boukoumbé where the Tatas-Somba still build fortress like mud housings. Absolute highlight of our time in Benin was the Pendjari National Park where we saw a large variety of animals in an unspoilt savannah environment.

 

The border crossing in the South between Lomé and Cotonou was busy and little organized on the Togolese side but still fairly easy going.

 

Recommended Campings (prices for 2 people and a 4×4):

 

Jardin Bresilien, Ouidah – N6 19.564 E2 05.535

Large area at the beach with little charm but free wifi and pool, can get loud when tourist buses arrive

6000CFA/night (9,15€)

 

Chez Monique, Abomey – N7 11.809 E1 58.839

Camping in calm location between trees and many wood carvings, a little bit run down

6000CFA/night (9,15€)

 

Camping in the Pendjari National Park is 6000CFA/night (9,15€) with one designated camping area with long drop toilet but no showers. We ended up camping at several different waterholes with similar facilities as nobody really minded where we stayed.