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Ganvie, the neat town on the water

This town on the water has a lot of history to share so do not just look for a boat, get a guide... read more

Reviewed June 10, 2018
Anago James Ake... O
Lagos State, Nigeria
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Fascinating stilt village

This stilt village is definitely worth a visit. It's fascinating to see how everything is navigated... read more

Reviewed May 8, 2018
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

This town on the water has a lot of history to share so do not just look for a boat, get a guide who will answer your questions correctly. As a tour guide and operator, when ever I bring tourists on this trip, I like...More

1  Thank Anago James Ake... O
Reviewed May 8, 2018

This stilt village is definitely worth a visit. It's fascinating to see how everything is navigated on the water and is far more authentic than other stilt villages that I've visited. The fishing areas were also interesting, as we learned that they are owned and...More

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Reviewed January 27, 2018

I always feel a little guilty observing peoples normal everyday lives as a tourist attraction but if that helps the local economy then that must be good? The trouble here with the locals not really being smiley or welcoming is that perhaps they do not...More

2  Thank Kevin S
Reviewed January 19, 2018

The great thing about travel is that you see such different ways of life. This is an interesting lifestyle and yes, in answer, to the Singaporan this is a giant sewer. It's how some people live and far more interesting than the over clean Singapore....More

1  Thank Nastame
Reviewed January 12, 2018

11JAN18. I have travelled all over the world and this review is really for English speaking solo travellers. BTW i speak French and it was still a challenge. I found a co-traveller and we went from our hotel to Etoile by taxi-moto (pillion rider on...More

1  Thank SaiRamNilgiri
Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

If you're in Cotonou, you have got to go to Ganvie, I suppose. It IS interesting to see, although most of the residents don't seem particularly keen to see you.

1  Thank John F
Reviewed August 20, 2017

Most likely the most touristy place in whole Benin, but definitly worth a visit. I went twice. Find a good local guide. 2 to 4 hour tour is enough. It's really nice to see how a whole community lives on water. Quiet unique. Be respectful...More

1  Thank MarinaS4
Reviewed June 29, 2017

You take a boat a the embarcadiere de Abomey-Calavi, pay 5000 per person or less if you are with more, and off you go. You get a guide with you but information he tells is limited. In the village you make the required stops at...More

1  Thank JohnLindhout
Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

Pretty much incredible to discover a village on the lake where inhabitants are living on houses in the middle of the lake and circulating with pirogue where you need to swim or paddle to have a beer with your neighbor ! When kids are a...More

1  Thank Paccaud F
Reviewed March 15, 2017

Extremely interesting place to visit. I have visited similar villages located on stilts in Laos and Brunei and this was still a very enjoyable time. I highly recommend you stay at night at one of the few hotels in Ganvier and dont just visit in...More

1  Thank TheTravelPirate
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