We had intended on staying much longer in Benin but when you’re on an adventure you’re susceptible to unexpected changes. After meeting England’s Ben Southall (who would later win “The Best Job in the World”) and my now Dutch partner, Kees in Ghana, we joined forces and headed south to South Africa at a much faster pace than we’d initially planned as a family.
Benin is a West African country which sits on the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, touching Togo, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso. I had been looking forward to getting to plunge into the country and especially explore Benin’s infamous voodoo culture.
One of the strangest things we saw were local boys collecting sand or broken shells from the ocean floor. They would duck under harsh waves, which practically broke their backs as they crashed down on them, to scoop the ocean floor into netted bags then proceed to drag them onto shore. One of many African mysteries.
We camped at the beach in Grand Popo and swam in the nearby hotels swiming pool. We stayed in a very unusual “hotel” with lots of beautiful wooden carvings for sale. Another strange happening was bottle feeding two adorable dik-diks (tiny deers) who were wandering around outside our room. Bottle just happened to be lying on the floor…
It was only a short stay in Benin before moving onwards through Nigeria.
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