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“One of the few tourist destinations in Benin and a good place to visit and relax”
Review of Lac Nokoue

Lac Nokoue
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ganvie
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 some restaurants befriended by the guide and at some shops. All in all you can spent 2-4 hours at the lake. It might be nicer if you take the non motorized pirogues, well definitely give you a more relaxed feeling.

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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 few years old, parents bring them to the ground in order for them to learn walking differently from boarding boats and walking around the house !
Spending the night in the village is a good option to feel this so special atmosphere.
As often in Africa, hidden beauties are waiting to be discovered.

1  Thank Paccaud F
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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 a quick day trip.

One interesting view is the locals attitudes towards tourists in general. My guide who was from Ghana had noticed the same thing. It is very rare to get a smile from a local as you cruise by each other in boats. Most of the time in west africa when you pass a stranger and smile and wave you get a smile and wave back 98% of the time. Here in Ganvier maybe 25%. The villagers are very suspicious of tourist just randomly taking photos and not asking so their lack of smiles can be understood.

So please smile and ask before you take a photo and also please stay overnight.

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Reviewed February 21, 2017

On a private tour, we did the "typical" drive from Cotonou to the lake and took a motorboat over to Ganvié. When we approached the village on stilts over the water, a large number of boats and canoes was congregated, full of people singing and carrying religious voodoo symbols. It was a festival day for the voodoo religion. Our guide passed a couple of bills to the leader and the resistance to our photo-taking disappeared. Shortly after, we came upon an evangelical Christian church, also full of people, song and dance. We were welcome to join them. After exploring the canals and buildings, we stopped at Chez M, a hotel and eatery that has a surprisingly interesting gift shop. We were back at the dock to return to Cotonou in a total of about 2 hours and we really enjoyed it!

1  Thank Mary T
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Reviewed February 16, 2017 via mobile

 Ganvié is a lakeside village of the South of Benin, situated on the lake Nokoué in the North of the metropolis of Cotonou.
Nicknamed " Venice of Africa ", it includes a few thousand wooden compartments, set up on pilotis and count approximately 30 000 inhabitants today who live mainly on the peach, but more and more also on the tourism. The tourist development of the lake began under the aegis of the inhabitants and by means of some NGO (development of the landing stage for strolls in dugout, souvenir shops, small business crafts, guides, coffees...). Ganvié is the most important lakeside city of western Africa today.

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