For the best Africa has to offer, visit the West African country of Benin, where you will find a unique mix of French and Native cultures. This club-shaped country borders Togo in the west, Nigeria in the east, Niger and Burkina Faso in the north, and the Gulf of Guinana in the south. From the southern coastal plains to the northern mountains, when you stay in hotels in Benin expect Savannah wildlife mixed with tourist-friendly coastal living.
The history of this country is still evident in the architectural influences of colonial Brazil and France mixed amongst the mud huts of the coastal Aja tribe and inland Kaybe tribe. Benin hotels in the capital city of Porto Novo are close to many of the nation's top attractions, including the Royal Palaces of Abomey, which are mud huts that housed the former royal families. See a collection of native Yoruba masks at Porto Novo Museum of Ethnography. While in the city, try a local favorite dish called acarajé, a deep-fried conglomeration of peeled black-eyed peas. Book cheap flights to Cotonou, the largest city in Benin, and check out the distinctive burgundy and white striped Cotonou Cathedral.
Benin resorts in the northern jungle regions put you close to Pendjari National Park and W National Park where you can take a cheap eco-safari to see some of the last of big game like buffalo, elephants, lions, and hippos roaming in their native habitat. Wildlife is not the only draw here -- you can see several species of birds here that you can't see anywhere else in the world, like a red-throated bee-eater.
Benin leaves you with an appreciation for the all that embodies West Africa - indigenous people, Savannah wildlife and happy people. When searching for cheap hotels in Cotonou or if you are ready to book a flight, remember the Travelocity Price Guarantee. If you find a lower price, Travelocity will match it and refund the difference. Book your accommodation now to experience the beautiful, natural scenery of this African nation.
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