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National Park in The Atakora Region

Parc National de la Pendjari

This 2750-sq-km national park is one of West Africa's best for wildlife. Visitors may spot lions, leopards, elephants, baboons and hippos. The best viewing time is near the end of the dry season (November to Februar…
North African in Natitingou

Maquis Savanna

The chef, Guillaume, serves up French-Moroccan–North African fare such as Moroccan lamb and tagine, creamy hummus, excellent meats and river fish, all with a smile and remarkably attentive service. There's often liv…
African in Parakou

Le Secret de la Vieille Marmite

Le Secret de la Vieille Marmite, with its lively ambience and bright-blue cladding, does some of the best Beninese grub around.
African in Natitingou

La Brèche

Highly original is this appealing eatery set in a tata somba house with superb views of Nati and the Atakora Mountains. Book ahead for the house specialities: canard au tchouk (duck cooked in tchoukoutou – sorghum b…
Museum in Natitingou

Musée Régional de Natitingou

Housed in a colonial building built by slaves at the beginning of the 20th century, this museum gives an overview of life in Somba communities. The exhibition includes various musical instruments, jewellery, crowns…
Waterfall in Natitingou

Kota Falls

Fancy a refreshing dip? Consider heading to the Kota Falls, 15km southeast of Natitingou, off the main highway. You can hike around in the hills, swim in the pool at the bottom of the falls or just sit down and read…
Waterfall in Parc National de la Pendjari

Tanougou Falls

On the park's periphery, some 11km before Batia in Tanougou, you can take a dip in the lovely natural pools at the bottom of these falls.