8 days in Benin Itinerary

8 days in Benin Itinerary

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8 days in Benin Itinerary

Start: Lagos
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Lagos


Porto-Novo ©
Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin, and was the capital of French Dahomey. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto-Novo: Lac Nokoue (in Ganvie) and Cotonou (Artisanal Center, Stade de l'Amitie, & more). Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National de la Pendjari. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Musee Honme (Palais Royal), take an in-depth tour of Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo, and make a trip to Jardin Place Jean Bayol.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Porto-Novo trip planner .

Lagos, Nigeria to Porto-Novo is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. October in Porto-Novo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouidah.

Things to do in Porto-Novo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cotonou, Lac Nokoue, Pendjari National Park
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Pendjari National Park ©
Pendjari National Park
Fidjrosse Beach ©
Fidjrosse Beach
Bab's Dock ©
Bab's Dock


Ouidah ©
Ouidah, historically also called Whydah, Juda, Juida by the French and Ajudá by the Portuguese, formally the Kingdom of Whydah (so named for the Whydah Bird of Paradise), is a city on the coast of the Republic of Benin. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Porte du non retour, then see the interesting displays at Ouidah Museum of History, and then make a trip to Temple des Pythons.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Ouidah road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Porto-Novo to Ouidah in 1.5 hours. October in Ouidah sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Abomey.

Things to do in Ouidah

Museums Historic Sites
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La Porte Du Non Retour ©
La Porte Du Non Retour
Temple des Pythons ©
Temple des Pythons
Ouidah Museum of History ©
Ouidah Museum of History


Abomey ©
Abomey is a city in the Zou Department of Benin. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Village Souterrain d'Agongointo, then stop by Tout Va Bien, and then don't miss a visit to Royal Palaces of Abomey.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Abomey online tour builder .

You can drive from Ouidah to Abomey in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 27th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Abomey

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

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Village Souterrain d'Agongointo ©
Village Souterrain d'Agongointo
Royal Palaces of Abomey ©
Royal Palaces of Abomey