Travel Guide and tourism in Benin – In Ouidah itself, now a sleepy market town, you can walk the Route des Esclaves, starting at the huge frangipani tree under which the auctions were held, and following a dusty five-kilometre road to the water. At the beach is a moving monument known as ‘The Point of No Return’, an arch decorated with images of manacled figures and voodoo symbols through which you can walk down to the shore. It is a place to think about Brazil and Haiti, which were to be the destinations of the majority of the captives who were brought here.
To the north of the lakes, Benin is a long strip of heavily forested plateau, stretching out towards the Atakora Mountains, on the border with Burkina Faso. Travelling this way in a bush taxi, usually a ’70s-vintage Peugeot estate into which are crammed up to a dozen adults, plus small children, livestock and trade goods, can be a gruelling experience, but it is undoubtedly a fine way to meet people.