Benin in

One Week

Start off in busy Cotonou, where good food, cold beers, great markets and insane traffic give you a taste of things to come. Porto Novo, the tranquil capital, and Ganvié, the lacustrine stilt village, are both within two hours' taxi journey of Cotonou. A little further along the country's main roads are two historical highlights: Abomey, home to the ruined palaces of the kings of Dahomey, and Ouidah, once a capital of the slave trade and now the centre of voodoo worship.

Two Weeks

After a few days in Cotonou, put your bags down at lovely Grand Popo for a couple of idle days, before heading north via the stunning shores of Lake Ahémé. Then head to Abomey via Lokossa, and on to Natitingou, gateway to the beautiful Atakora region and the Parc National de la Pendjari.