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Benin

WHAT OUR FILM FIXERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FILM LOCATIONS IN BENIN

The coastline is marked by marshy lakes and lagoons while further inland the landscape becomes plateaus, green valleys, rocky hills, turning into the Atacora mountain range in the northwest. Other film locations of note include French colonial architecture, churches, mosques, national parks, rivers, lakes, and beaches. Voodoo is widely practiced with signs of it across the country, such as fetish markets.

Agricultural film locations include plantations of cotton, cocoa, cassava, yams, corn, palm oil, rice, pineapples, peanuts, and cashew nuts.

Cotonou is the largest city in Benin. The best-known fetish market is the Grand Marché de Dantokpa in Cotonou, which sells everything from monkey heads to elephant feet. Cotonou Cathedral and Saint Michel Church are religious locations.

Porto Novo is the capital. Known for its colonial architecture and is home to the Royal Palace and Great Mosque.

Ouidah is known for its museums on transatlantic slavery and voodoo. Locations of note include the Temple of Pythons, and the Door of No Return.

Abomey, capital of Ancient Dahomey, is known for the Abomey Royal Palaces ruins. 

Ganvie stilt village is the Venice of Africa.

Some of the best wildlife areas in West Africa are found in North Benin at Pendjari National Park and ‘W’ National Park which are home to cheetahs, hippos and crocodiles.

Mont Sokbaro is the highest point above sea level in Benin.

The local film location scouts can elaborate on many other choice film locations. Benin is indeed interesting and unchartered!