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Benin (December 2001)  
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

Liz and Paul have been in West Africa since 1997, first in the Côte d'Ivoire and now in Benin. It took us over four years to overcome our fear of injections and make the trip!

Join the safari from Chez Liz in Cotonou to Grand Popo, Ouidah and Ganvié.






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Christmas under the Sun   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

Who needs a white Christmas when you've got a pool? But too much wine and you swim like a turkey! Click here to view this Page



Chez Liz   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

Our base for the trip was Liz and Paul's house in Cotonou. Special thanks to Pauline and Etienne for looking after us all for a fortnight, and to Achilles for teaching Mark to swim. Click here to view this Page



Cotonou   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

Cotonou, Benin's main town, is a remarkable place, but not for the faint-hearted. Mopeds outnumber cars by 10 to 1, and sometimes drive on the same side of the road! Click here to view this Page



Grand Popo   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

We spent two nights in the Auberge at Grand Popo, not far from the border with Togo. If only they had air-conditioning ... Click here to view this Page



Ouidah   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

For New Year's Eve we travelled to Ouidah (the birth place of Voodoo) to stay at the newly opened Casa del Papa - a rough ride, but worth every bruise! Click here to view this Page



Lac Nokoué   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

Cotonou lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Lac Nokoué. We took a boat from the Hotel du Lac on the Lagune de Cotonou, and crossed the Lac Nokoué en route to Ganvié. Click here to view this Page



Ganvié   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

Ganvié at the northwest of Lac Nokoué is described (by some!) as the Venice of Africa - a lake village of some 15,000 people making their living primarily from fishing. Click here to view this Page



More of Benin   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

Unfortunately we didn't have the opportunity to explore far beyond the coastal region, and we didn't see too much wild-life. So, still plenty to do next time! Click here to view this Page


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