Benin is an interesting country to visit during any adventure travel in West Africa. There's a large quantity of palatial ruins and temples of the once powerful Kingdom of Dahomey. Benin is also the birthplace of Vodun (Voodoo) and all that goes with it—to this day Vodun remains the official religion of the country, and an important part of the life of ordinary Beninese. The national parks of Benin are also well worth an excursion for their wildlife. It is also, fortunately, one of the most stable and safe countries of the region for traveling. With its rich history, vibrant culture, protected wildlife, Grand Popo ocean beach, and artisan market in Se, Benin is one of the best kept tourist secrets in West Africa
Important cities: Porto-Novo, Abomey, Cotonou, Grand Popo, Kétou, Parakou, Malanville, Natitingou, Tanguiéta
Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)
Visa policy: Link
Area: 112,620 km2
Languages: French, Fon, Yoruba, other tribal languages
Mobile Phone: SIM cards and local mobile phone coverage are excellent and fairly cheap. Local networks include Moov and MTN.
Country code: +229
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Internet TLD: .bj
Time Zone: UTC+1
Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel
Description: The equatorial south of Benin experiences two rainy seasons of the year, from April to mid July and from mid-September through the end of October. The rainy period in the subequatorial north runs from March until October. The best time of the year to visit the country is from November to February, when the temperature moderates, and the weather is dry with low humidity.
When should you go: Adventure travelers should visit Benin from November to February, when the weather is warm and dry. It's also the best time for wildlife-watching at its prime and for Ouidah Voodoo Festival in January.