General Information about Benin
Benin is small West African country on the Bight of Benin from which it draws its name. Burkina Faso and Niger are on its Northern border, Togo on the Western border and Nigeria to the East. Its capital city is Porto Novo, its largest city is Cotonou and the country's population is 8.5 million.
Most of the country's population lives on the coastal plains in the south, while the north of the country is mostly wooded grasslands and semi-arid highlands. The climate is hot and humid and while Benin does experience two rainy seasons, overall it does have very little rain.
Being known as the 'Slave Coast' there are a large number of museums dedicated to the Slave Trade where the Portugese transported thousands of slaves to South America to its Brazilian colony to work in the cane fields and gold mines. For those who like the outdoors a visit to the Pendjari Wildlife Park in the north of the country is a must with many animals living in the wild.
There is a good range of accommodation from camping sites to luxury hotels to suit most budgets.
Find Out About The Climate In Benin
Benin typically experiences a tropical climate and can be humid in the south and semi arid in the north. The southern regions has more of a equatorial climate with four seasons. January to April is hot and dry. The rainy season begins in May lasting until July and starting back up in September until December. In November in the north the weather is hot and dry up until June cooling down in July through to October along with wet weather. Average temperatures in January sit around 40 degrees with a low of 13 degrees in June.
Geographical Information On Benin
Benin which was originally a French Colony back in 1872 gained its independence in 1960 and is officially known as the Republic of Benin. The site of Benin today lies over the site of Dahomey which was a West African kingdom that arose back in the 15th century. Benin covers a total land area of 112,620 square kilometres with a coastline of only 121 kilometres. Most of its countryside is flat giving way to undulating plains, with some hills and low mountains. The highest peak in Benin is Mont Sokbaro which measures over 658 metres and is set along a range of mountains along the northwest border leading into Togo.
Learn About The Economy In Benin
The service industry in Benin provides most of the countries economy providing over 49 percent. The main industry produces are textiles, food processing, construction materials and cement. Closely followed is the agricultural industry which offers over 35 percent of the economy with the main produces being cotton, corn, tapioca, sweet potatoes, peanuts and livestock. Despite all of this the economy of Benin remains underdeveloped and relies heavily on cotton production, and regional trade. Benin receives much economic aid from many countries around the globe and its official currency is the Communaute Financiere Africaine Franc.
Apartments in Benin
|* Abomey-Calavi Apartments||* Cotonou Apartments||* Grand-Popo Apartments|
Guesthouses in Benin
|* Abomey-Calavi Guesthouses||* Cotonou Guesthouses|
Hotels in Benin
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