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Benin: Bicycle Tour Travel Guide





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by David Mozer

[An introduction and overview to travel in Africa is available by clicking here.  If you are look for a bicycle tour to this country, this link might help you.]

The information below may have been extracted from a more comprehensive "Country Supplement" to the book "Bicycling In Africa".  For information on these publications click on the links.

Benin is vastly improved for tourism in the last few years. There are a few things that make it bicycle friendly, such as, the train takes bikes and there is guarded bicycle parking at the Dan Topka market in Cotonou. The museums in Ouidah, Abomey and Porto Novo are all worthwhile.


The national highways are easy to travel on and paved along the coast from border to border and north­south from Cotonou to Niger. The other north­south road from Savalou to Djougou and Natitingou has also been paved, opening up the Tatasamba area to general bicycle tourism. This is one of the most scenic (and hilly sections of the country) There is also a slow and steady train from Cotonou to Parakou. It can be picked up in Bohicon, Dassa and Save if you want to mix your experience. Cotonou has too much traffic to be a pleasant cycling experience. Its sphere of influence extends to Porto Novo. The highways to Abomey and Togo also have too many trucks and high speed automobiles to be relaxing experiences.

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Regional Resources:

Burkina Faso



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