Benin (Other Places Travel Guide)

Benin (Other Places Travel Guide)

by Erika Kraus, Felicie Reid


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Benin is a country of wonder and mystery, fitting all levels of adventure and comfort. Its unique mixture of culture, history, geography, and wildlife provides the ultimate West African experience. From thrilling zemidjan moped rides to spotting hippos from dugout canoes, traveling across Benin will surely stimulate visitors' senses and broaden their horizons.

Erika and Felicie, the authors, lived, worked, and played in Benin for over two years while attached to the Peace Corps. They experienced this fascinating country like few outsiders have before and created a national network of locals who all contributed their own specialty and unique insight for this book. To see the real Benin and to travel like a local, this book is a must.

- Discover Cotonou's lively markets and nightlife.
- Explore the settlements along the mighty Mono River and hike in the picturesque granite hills of the central Collines region.
- Lounge on the sunny, palm-fringed beaches of Grand Popo before exploring the historical cities of Ouidah and Abomey.
- Embark on a veritable wildlife safari in the national parks of the north, and marvel at the vast plains of the Sahel in the upper Atakora and Alibori regions.
- Enjoy the resilient spirit, charm, and vitality of the Beninese people who will captivate visitors and keep them coming back for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982261910
Publisher: Other Places Publishing
Publication date: 01/26/2010
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 788,542
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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SWakild More than 1 year ago
Having also served in the Peace Corps in Benin like the authors, I know what a difficult place Benin is to navigate. I also know that there is beauty and adventure to be found almost anywhere in the country and I am so grateful to Erika and Felicie for putting this book together to share this wonderful country with the rest of the world. Bon travail et felicitations!!
Cosmonaut More than 1 year ago
As a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Benin for two years, I found this book to be extremely detailed and comprehensive. The authors of this book cover many small towns and rural areas that are great places for tourists to visit and gain insight into the diverse cultures and life in Benin. This book also offers helpful details, such as typical prices for travel, purchases and food, which is a great tool to have when bargaining with a taxi driver or in a market. Knowing these prices can eliminate a lot of stress from your trip. There are also great photographs in this book. They take me back to the time I spent there.
Moussebear More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written book filled with facts and historical notes that are fascinating even if you're not planning a trip to Benin. Erika Kraus and Felicie Reid write with an objective but upbeat tone that keeps the book from being too dry, but the facts are all there: from the ties that various cities, temples, and even countries have to the ancient African kingdoms to the best times and transportation methods to visit them. Did you know that you can visit a _king_ in the Royal Palace of Ketou? Or that there are two sacred forests full of voudoun artifacts that are open to foreigners? All the research is there, at your fingertips: the local birds, the extremely edible bush rats, and how to avoid malaria. If bartering is as alien and unpleasant to you as it is to me, this book will help; it tells you the price range for everything from a clay necklace to a night at an upscale hotel. The bulk of the book deals with the "departments" in Benin, listing the major attractions in each area and how to get to them. It lists local restaurants, hotels, and describes native cuisine. In Ketou, women are forbidden to witness the celebrations of the Oro or ask about them in public. In general, don't take or give things with the left hand. Lastly, there is a dictionary of common French and Fon phrases to help you communicate. This book is an indispensable resource.
Nancy_Jo More than 1 year ago
This book covers all of the regions of Benin in great detail, providing information on accommodations, nightlife, transportation, and most importantly FOOD! One of my favorite parts of this book is the abundance of maps; they are easy follow and are well-labeled. There is even a simple language guide in the back of the book. This book is a must for anyone curious about or planning to travel to Benin.