48 days in Africa Itinerary

48 days in Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kenema, Sierra Leone
— 4 nights
Drive
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Makeni, Sierra Leone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monrovia, Liberia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Man, Ivory Coast
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
— 2 nights
Drive
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Abidjan, Ivory Coast
— 3 nights
Fly
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Accra, Ghana
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kumasi, Ghana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nkoranza, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive
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Larabanga, Ghana
— 2 nights
Drive to Tamale, Fly to Takoradi
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Busua, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Coast, Ghana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kara, Togo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kpalime, Togo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lome, Togo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tanguieta, Benin
— 1 night
Drive
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Natitingou, Benin
— 1 night
Bus to Parakou, Fly to Cotonou
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Porto-Novo, Benin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouidah, Benin
— 3 nights
Drive to Cadjehoun Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport

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Freetown, Sierra Leone

Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
Step out of the city life by going to Bureh Beach and River Number Two Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St George's cathedral and Jamiul Atique Fourah Bay Mosque. Step out of Freetown to go to Lakka and see Lakka Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at John Obey Beach, discover the deep blue sea with Banana Divers Sierra Leone, kick back and relax at Lumley Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freetown Central Mosque.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Freetown trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

San Francisco, USA to Freetown is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Freetown is 8 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in January, with highs in Freetown at 86°F and lows at 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for Kenema.

Things to do in Freetown

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

4
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Kenema, Sierra Leone

Kenema is the second largest city in Sierra Leone, and the largest city in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Gola Rainforest National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kenema trip planner.

Traveling by car from Freetown to Kenema takes 4.5 hours. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Makeni.

Things to do in Kenema

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

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Makeni, Sierra Leone

Makeni is the largest city in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. Makeni is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Makeni Central Mosque.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Makeni road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kenema to Makeni in 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Monrovia.

Things to do in Makeni

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

2
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Monrovia, Liberia

The capital of Liberia and its most populous city, Monrovia lies on the Atlantic Coast of Cape Mesurado.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centennial Pavilion and Sacred Heart Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Liberian National Museum and Matadi Central Mosque. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Providence Island.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monrovia online travel route builder.

You can drive from Makeni to Monrovia in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Man.

Things to do in Monrovia

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

1
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Man, Ivory Coast

Man is a city in western Ivory Coast. On the 18th (Mon), get outside with La Dent de Man, head outdoors with Mont Tonkoui, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Les Cascades de Man.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Man online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Monrovia to Man takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Monrovia in January since evenings lows in Man dip to 61°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yamoussoukro.

Things to do in Man

Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

2
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Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

Unlike many of the world's cities with infrastructure trying to keep up with population, Yamoussoukro has no such problem--many of the city's sprawling six-lane highways and hotels were built before anybody lived here.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, then ponder the world of politics at Palais Presidentiel, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Abokouamekro Game Reserve.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yamoussoukro trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Man to Yamoussoukro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Abidjan.

Things to do in Yamoussoukro

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

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Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Paris of Africa

As Cote d'Ivoire's largest city and economic hub, Abidjan boasts the reputation of West Africa's party capital, while its rich culture remains evident in its numerous film festivals and a booming music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Plateau and Grande Mosquee du Plateau. Visiting Banco National Park and International Club & Paintball Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Abidjan side-trips: Grand Bassam (Maison Varlet, Pont De La Victoire, &more). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Musee des Civilisations de Cote d’Ivoire, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, stop by CAVA - Centre Artisanal de la Ville, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Abidjan trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Yamoussoukro to Abidjan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Yamoussoukro in January, plan for little chillier days in Abidjan, with highs around 89°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Accra.

Things to do in Abidjan

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

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Accra, Ghana

On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bojo Beach, make a trip to Independence Square, look for gifts at Global Mamas, then explore the galleries of Artists Alliance Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Labadi Pleasure Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Coco Beach, appreciate the history behind Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, then enjoy the sea views from James Town Lighthouse, and finally step into the grandiose world of Osu Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Accra journey planner.

You can fly from Abidjan to Accra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in January, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Kumasi.

Things to do in Accra

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

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Kumasi, Ghana

Ghana's Garden City

A bustling center of trade and culture, Kumasi remains among Ghana's liveliest and most significant urban centers.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bobiri Forest Reserve, trot along with The Green Ranch, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kumasi City Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Okomfo Anokye Sword Site, see the interesting displays at Prempeh II Museum, see the interesting displays at Manhyia Palace Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wesley Methodist Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Kumasi Fort - Ghana Armed Forces Museum, and finally walk around Rattray Park.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kumasi online visit planner.

Getting from Accra to Kumasi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Kumasi, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nkoranza.

Things to do in Kumasi

Museums · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

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Nkoranza, Ghana

Nkoranza is a town located in the mid-north of Ghana. On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nkoranza trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kumasi to Nkoranza takes 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Larabanga.

Things to do in Nkoranza

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

2
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Larabanga, Ghana

Larabanga is a village in West Gonja district, a district in north western Northern Region of Ghana. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Mole National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Larabanga Mosque.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Larabanga trip planner.

Drive from Nkoranza to Larabanga in 4 hours. In January in Larabanga, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 73°F at night. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Busua.

Things to do in Larabanga

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

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Busua, Ghana

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Fort Metal Cross, steep yourself in history at Fort Batenstein, and then kick back and relax at Busua Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Busua trip planning website.

Do a combination of car and flight from Larabanga to Busua in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Larabanga, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Busua, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 78°F. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cape Coast.

Things to do in Busua

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:

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Cape Coast, Ghana

While it may seem like a regular fishing port at first glance, Cape Coast bears traces of the Portuguese, British, Danish, Swedish, and the Dutch colonists who variously ruled here.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kakum National Park. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fort St. Jago, then explore the historical opulence of Elmina Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Cape Coast Castle, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Elmina lagoon.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape Coast trip maker.

Drive from Busua to Cape Coast in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Cape Coast sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kara.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

1
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Kara, Togo

Kara is a city in northern Togo, situated in Kara Region, 413 km north of the capital Lomé. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Koutammakou.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kara online trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Coast to Kara in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Cape Coast, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Kara, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 72°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kpalime.

Things to do in Kara

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

2
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Kpalime, Togo

Kpalimé is a city in the Plateaux Region of Togo, 120 km north of Lomé and 15 km from the Ghanaian border. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): shop like a local with Aklala Batik du Togo, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade de Wome, then step into the grandiose world of The Castle Viale, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade de Kpime. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Agou.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kpalime vacation planner.

You can drive from Kara to Kpalime in 5.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sat) before leaving for Lome.

Things to do in Kpalime

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

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Lome, Togo

The Pearl of West Africa

Sometimes called the Pearl of West Africa, Lome contains a cheerful spirit shown through its bustling street markets where both locals and visitors meet on a regular basis.
On the 7th (Sun), laugh and play at O Lodge, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Evangelique Presbyterienne Lome, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lome Beach(Plage de sable fin de Lome), and finally contemplate the long history of Tamberma Villages. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Museum, take a stroll around Palais des Congres, pause for some photo ops at Monument de l'Independance, then shop like a local with La Civette, then steep yourself in history at Lome abandoned bridge, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lome Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lome online route planner.

Getting from Kpalime to Lome by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In February, daytime highs in Lome are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tanguieta.

Things to do in Lome

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

1
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Tanguieta, Benin

Tanguiéta is a town, arrondissement and commune located in the Atakora Department of Benin.The commune covers an area of 5465 square kilometres and as of 2002 had a population of 54,719 people. On the 10th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pendjari National Park.

To plan Tanguieta vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Lome to Tanguieta takes 9.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lome to Tanguieta due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lome in February: highs in Tanguieta hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Natitingou.

Things to do in Tanguieta

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

1
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Natitingou, Benin

Natitingou is a city and commune in north western Benin. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get outside with Chutes de Kota.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Natitingou trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Tanguieta to Natitingou takes an hour. In February, daytime highs in Natitingou are 98°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Porto-Novo.

Things to do in Natitingou

Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

2
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Porto-Novo, Benin

Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin, and was the capital of French Dahomey. On the 12th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque of Porto-Novo, explore the historical opulence of Musee Honme (Palais Royal), get engrossed in the history at da Silva Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Immaculee Conception, then make a trip to Jardin Place Jean Bayol, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes et de la Nature. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo.

To plan Porto-Novo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Natitingou to Porto-Novo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Natitingou in February, expect nights in Porto-Novo to be a bit warmer, around 79°F, while days are slightly colder, around 90°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Ouidah.

Things to do in Porto-Novo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

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Ouidah, Benin

Ouidah, historically also called Whydah, Juda, Juida by the French and Ajudá by the Portuguese, formally the Kingdom of Whydah (so named for the Whydah Bird of Paradise), is a city on the coast of the Republic of Benin. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Porte Du Non Retour and Ouidah Museum of History. Go for a jaunt from Ouidah to Grand Popo to see Villa Karo about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: make a trip to Temple des Pythons.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouidah sightseeing planner.

Getting from Porto-Novo to Ouidah by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in February, and nighttime lows around 79°F. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ouidah

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

Sierra Leone travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Tourist Spots
Rich in history, natural wonders, and picturesque landscapes, Sierra Leone remains an unappreciated destination largely thanks to the impact the civil war of the 1990s had on the country's international reputation. The coastal areas offer easy access to fine sand beaches and offshore islands, little explored by foreign visitors and therefore unspoiled by commercial tourism. The capital, established by freed slaves from the Caribbean, represents a popular starting point for trips to Sierra Leone, with a colorful look to it, a lively atmosphere, and good onward connections to the mountains of the north and mangrove swamps and rainforest to the east.

Liberia travel guide

3.4
Museums · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
Founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves, Liberia today has a population of primarily indigenous Africans, but maintains certain links with the United States. One such link comes in the music and wider culture of the main urban areas, where hip-hop influences abound among traditional African rhythms, dress styles, and dance trends. Beaches close to the capital remain some of the main places to visit in Liberia, as exploring the inland areas away from the main towns represents a risk for foreign visitors without an accompanying local guide.

Ivory Coast travel guide

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Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gift & Specialty Shops
The coastline and the rainforests remain the primary charms of Cote d'Ivoire, with visitors treated to some superlative natural locales during their holiday. Most tourists on vacation in Cote d'Ivoire stay close to the sea, where the larger cities, modern resorts, and long sandy beaches dominate. Head inland and you'll find cool highland areas and thick forests rich in wildlife. The presidential election in 2010 led to unrest and armed conflict--travel to certain areas of the country remains inadvisable.

Ghana travel guide

3.5
Beaches · Castles · Monuments
Gold Coast
Ghana features a diverse economy, a strong and sturdy democratic tradition, and many of the natural and cultural highlights for which the continent has become known. National parks represent some of the main attractions in Ghana, with a diverse array of wildlife to be seen, including lions, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Forts dating back to the slave era act as focal points for explorations of the coast and help to connect the country to important points in global history.

Togo travel guide

3.6
Flea Markets · Monuments · Historic Sites
Long, thin Togo makes the most of its shape, possessing an array of seemingly handpicked environments. White-sand beaches on the Atlantic coast act as the base for some of the most restful trips in the region, while the sparsely populated north of the country boasts towering mountains and a set of interesting cultural and historic sites, highlights of trips to Togo. The capital city sits beachside and offers the best partying in the country, as well as a number of religious and ethnic festivals throughout the year, celebrating the diverse cultures of the region's population.

Benin travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Land of Songs
With a distinctive culture and a history of global importance, Benin offers plenty of appeal outside its renowned national parks in the north of the country. The Atlantic coast in the south boasts many of the main cultural attractions in Benin, including ruins of old kingdoms, historical sites related to the slave trade, and Voodoo markets and places of worship and ritual. The road network and burgeoning eco-tourism industry allow visitors to create Benin itineraries that include both the cultural coast and the rugged wilderness of the interior.