Review of My Vacation in Benin Republic
I keep getting messages to review my trip to Benin Republic so I have decided to write one! I hope this helps everyone that has a question or two so let’s get to it.
There are a lot of nice places in Benin republic to visit, I will list a couple of them soon but first what you need to know is that Benin Republic is a French speaking country, at least most of the people speak French so you would need a translator if you don’t understand French. I noticed Benin people are contented people, they do not have a lot but they appreciate, cherish and maintain what they do have. they make money from tourism.
I was lucky or let me say we were lucky because I wasn’t alone on the trip, we were three in number, and one of my team members has a friend who stays in Benin, his name is Jean. He offered to be our tour guide for a good fee. He also didn’t really understand a lot of English but he knows a few words in English. But if you don’t have a translator, download Google Translator App on your phone, just type in English and translate it to French then have whoever you are trying to communicate with, read it!
Secondly they use CFA and not Naira and it is N1000 = 1600CFA. I would advise you to change all the money you would need during your stay, at the border before you even get to your hotel or get an Hotel, whichever the case may be. This is so you don’t run short of CFA. Also get a Sim Card at the border if you know you need to be online, load it with airtime, asked to be taught how to subscribe for data too!
Note: STAMP YOUR PASSPORT AT THE BOARDER, IN AND OUT IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING BY ROAD. I have that in capital letters because it is important, if you stamp in at the border and you don’t stamp when you are leaving, customs might use that as an excuse to extort you on your way back to Nigeria. Take your passport for stamping yourself, DON’T pay anyone to do it for you. You will spend nothing more than N2000 to stamp it yourself.
Depending on how many days you want to spend in Benin Republic, for a three to five days stay you should budget about N100, 000 – N200, 000. Hotels cost about N8000 – N20, 000 depending on your taste.
Jean took us around in his car, he is a really nice person, he was also patient with us because i am sure we must have been annoying at some point, but he understood. lol
Our Hotel was in Ouidah so we had to come down to cotonou to visit some more places apart from the snake temple, Altlantic Ocean and Gate of no return in Ouidah, the art and craft market was in Cotonou, there are really a lot of nice places in Cotonou too!
Before I forget their food! You should try them, they are quite nice. The Hotel gave us only light breakfast so lunch and dinner was on us, though we did not really do lunch, we bought dinner mostly. I went with a few provision, easy mouth snacks for when i feel like eating something lol!
The name of the other two people i went with are Serbia and Juliet, they were good company. For more pictures of my trip you can Visit my Instagram page: @badt_boi_
Places you can visit while you are in Benin:
- Gate of no return, it’s in Ouidah
- Python Temple, Ouidah
- Ouidah Beach, there are a lot of palm trees here. Good spot for pictures
- The art and craft market in Cotonou
- The Super Mall in Cotonou
- Togo, if you have time, it is just 1hour and some minutes from Ouidah, Benin
If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask me by leaving a comment, I will reply asap!