Last updated on May 13th, 2020
Benin Republic is fast becoming a favourite travel destination among Nigerian travel enthusiasts (especially those based in border cities like Lagos). The country is no longer being seen only as a used car shopping haven but also as a place to go kick back, relax and escape crazy city life for a while.
If you have never considered visiting this country, here are five reasons why you should.
1. It is relatively affordable to visit…
With as little as a N1,000 (Naira), you can find yourself in Seme, one of the towns between Nigeria and the Benin Republic. Depending on how you choose to travel, you can have a good time without leaving a gaping hole in your pocket.
You can explore different sites and enjoy relaxing days on beautiful beaches for only a fraction of what it would cost you in several other places. And who doesn’t love cheap thrills?!
2. Proximity to other countries…
3. Benin Republic has the best wildlife safari option in West Africa…
Another reason to visit Benin is for the wildlife safari option available in her Pendjari National Park. This park is arguably the best the region and is definitely worth visiting if you love safaris. Granted, it is no Serengeti or Kruger but the safari experience feels pretty much the same.
The entire experience, from game drives to anticipation for a sighting to camping in the heart of the Savannah is very exciting. It makes the journey there worthwhile.
4. An opportunity to experience a different culture…
Visiting places away from home provides an opportunity to learn and connect with people. I am constantly fascinated by how much there is to learn about the similarities and differences between the culture there and here in Nigeria. Especially seeing as we are very close neighbours.
It’s also interesting to see where Nigeria ends and Benin starts. You can literally tell the difference as you move further away from the border towns. Benin is also the closest country to Lagos, Nigeria, where French is the official language, so getting to visit and practice my French is always a plus.
(Well, except when I travel with Mark. Then, I’m just plain lazy)
5. Ease of touring sites…
In my opinion, it’s relatively easier to tour sites in Benin than it is to do so in Nigeria. Like Nigeria, Benin’s tourism is far from perfect, however, visiting similar sites is less of a hassle compared to Nigeria. You only need to visit Makoko (Nigeria) and Ganvie (Benin) – two very similar attractions – to understand what I am talking about. While the latter is pretty straightforward to tour, the former can be a nightmare.
In essence, this ease of exploring sites definitely makes it an attractive destination to visit.
So, what do you think? Have I convinced you to add Benin Republic to your wanderlust list yet? – or Nah? PS: you’re not allowed to say ‘Nah’ 🙂
Have you visited Benin before? Tell me about your experience…