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Ganvié stilt village, Lac Nokoué

Ganvie is a village of small huts built in the middle of the shallow lake Lac Nokoué. While quite interesting and a highlight of Benin, the unfriendly attitudes most of the inhabitants display towards tourists makes me think perhaps people should take their $£€ elsewhere.
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Allada, Benin, is building a giant new church
Allada, Benin, is building a giant new church
St. Mary atop the dome, Allada, Benin
St. Mary atop the dome, Allada, Benin
New church, Allada, Benin
New church, Allada, Benin
New church, Allada, Benin
New church, Allada, Benin
PTT Benin Bureau de Poste Abomey-Calavi
PTT Benin Bureau de Poste Abomey-Calavi
Sign for the turn for the Ganvié boat landing
Sign for the turn for the Ganvié boat landing
Cité Lacustre de Ganvié - Lake City of Ganvie
Cité Lacustre de Ganvié - Lake City of Ganvie
Table of official fares for tourist visits to Ganvié
Table of official fares for tourist visits to Ganvié
Lakeside depot for tourist boats to Ganvié
Lakeside depot for tourist boats to Ganvié
Fish market at the Ganvié boat landing
Fish market at the Ganvié boat landing
Fish market at the Ganvié boat landing
Fish market at the Ganvié boat landing
Fish market at the Ganvié boat landing
Fish market at the Ganvié boat landing
Ganvié boat landing
Ganvié boat landing
Ganvié boat landing
Ganvié boat landing
Boy at the Ganvié boat landing
Boy at the Ganvié boat landing
Ganvié boat landing
Ganvié boat landing
Ganvié boat landing
Ganvié boat landing
Young boy paddling a canoe, Ganvié
Young boy paddling a canoe, Ganvié
Ganvié woman in a big hat paddling a canoe
Ganvié woman in a big hat paddling a canoe
Canoe headed out onto Lac Nakoué
Canoe headed out onto Lac Nakoué
Fisherman casting a net for cadeau, Lac Nakoué, Benin
Fisherman casting a net for cadeau, Lac Nakoué, Benin
Woman padding a canoe to shore, Lac Nakoué
Woman padding a canoe to shore, Lac Nakoué
Lac Nakoué, Benin
Lac Nakoué, Benin
Fisherman's mid-lake shelter, Lac Nakoué, Benin
Fisherman's mid-lake shelter, Lac Nakoué, Benin
Boatman, Lac Nakoué, Benin
Boatman, Lac Nakoué, Benin
Man poling a canue, Lac Nakoué, Benin
Man poling a canue, Lac Nakoué, Benin
The lake seems to be overrun with this stuff
The lake seems to be overrun with this stuff
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Many of the locals don't seem to appreciate tourism...
Many of the locals don't seem to appreciate tourism...
Tourist boat, Ganvie
Tourist boat, Ganvie
Hotel Chez Raphael, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Hotel Chez Raphael, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Hotel Chez Raphael, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Hotel Chez Raphael, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Hotel Chez Raphael, Ganvié, Bénin
Hotel Chez Raphael, Ganvié, Bénin
Plumbing, Chez Raphael
Plumbing, Chez Raphael
Bronze castings, Chez Raphael
Bronze castings, Chez Raphael
Paddlers, Ganvié stilt village, Bénin
Paddlers, Ganvié stilt village, Bénin
Old boat overgrown with lake weeds
Old boat overgrown with lake weeds
View from Hotel Chez Raphael, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
View from Hotel Chez Raphael, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ose Oluwa - Mecanicien - outboard motor repair
Ose Oluwa - Mecanicien - outboard motor repair
Typical Ganvié thatched hut built on stilts, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Typical Ganvié thatched hut built on stilts, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ahi Dagbe Floating Market constructed by the Royal Green Cross - Togo - funded by his majesty King Francois Ayayi Ayih 2005
Ahi Dagbe Floating Market constructed by the Royal Green Cross - Togo - funded by his majesty King Francois Ayayi Ayih 2005
Floating market, Ganvié - the whole village had a bit of a southeast Asian feel
Floating market, Ganvié - the whole village had a bit of a southeast Asian feel
Woman in a canoe at the Ganvié floating market
Woman in a canoe at the Ganvié floating market
Woman paddling a canoe full of baskets
Woman paddling a canoe full of baskets
Woman paddling her canoe through the streets of Ganvié
Woman paddling her canoe through the "streets" of Ganvié
Ganvié floating market
Ganvié floating market
Hotel Carrefour Ganvié, Chez M, Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Ganvié, Chez "M", Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Ganvié, Benin
Hotel Carrefour Ganvié, Benin
Hotel Carrefour Ganvié, Chez M, Bénin - site of the most disgusting chicken lunch I've ever had
Hotel Carrefour Ganvié, Chez "M", Bénin - site of the most disgusting chicken lunch I've ever had
Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
Voodoo fetishes, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié, Benin
Voodoo fetishes, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié, Benin
Voodoo fetishes, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
Voodoo fetishes, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
Voodoo fetishes, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
Voodoo fetishes, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
After a brief stop here to place our lunch orders, the boat trip continued
After a brief stop here to place our lunch orders, the boat trip continued
Masks for sale, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
Masks for sale, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
Woodcarvings, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
Woodcarvings, Hotel Carrefour Ganvié
Ganvié boy
Ganvié boy
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Cargo boat, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Cargo boat, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Cargo boat, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Cargo boat, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié woman paddling - no smile, no greeting
Ganvié woman paddling - no smile, no greeting
Cargo boat, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Cargo boat, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
The boy in the front slaps the water to tell the man steering when to turn
The boy in the front slaps the water to tell the man steering when to turn
BeninDec06 436.jpg
BeninDec06 436.jpg
Ganvié, Benin
Ganvié, Benin
Nope, no smile here
Nope, no smile here
Ecole Primaire Publique de Ganvié, the local school built on a sandy island
Ecole Primaire Publique de Ganvié, the local school built on a sandy island
Tricks for Cadeau near the school
Tricks for Cadeau near the school
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Market boat, Ganvié, Bénin
Market boat, Ganvié, Bénin
Ganvié, Venice of Africa
Ganvié, "Venice of Africa"
Hey, at least she's looking at us...
Hey, at least she's looking at us...
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Our third stop, a tourist shop (no sign so I don't know the name...)
Our third stop, a tourist shop (no sign so I don't know the name...)
Tourist shop, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Tourist shop, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Crucifix, Ganvié, Bénin
Crucifix, Ganvié, Bénin
Crucifix, Ganvié, Bénin
Crucifix, Ganvié, Bénin
Sample of the paintings of Ganvié available at the shop
Sample of the paintings of Ganvié available at the shop
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
How long until the weed eats the lake
How long until the weed eats the lake
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
The locals of Ganvié love to hide behind their big hats
The locals of Ganvié love to hide behind their big hats
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Canoe with an improvised sail, Ganvie
Canoe with an improvised sail, Ganvie
Fisherman drawing in a net
Fisherman drawing in a net
Cargo boat passing Chez Raphael, Ganvie, Benin
Cargo boat passing Chez Raphael, Ganvie, Benin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Pharmacy on stilts, Ganvié, Bénin
Pharmacy on stilts, Ganvié, Bénin
Boatload of kids, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Boatload of kids, Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
So friendly...
So friendly...
Back Chez M for our lunch stop...did I mention how disappointing it was?
Back Chez "M" for our lunch stop...did I mention how disappointing it was?
Hotel Carrefour Chez M
Hotel Carrefour Chez "M"
One of the beneficiaries of my rubber chicken
One of the beneficiaries of my rubber chicken
Hotel Carrefour Chez M, Ganvié, Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Chez "M", Ganvié, Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Chez M, Ganvié, Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Chez "M", Ganvié, Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Chez M, Ganvié, Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Chez "M", Ganvié, Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Chez M, Ganvié, Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Chez "M", Ganvié, Bénin
Hotel Carrefour Chez M has a very psychotic looking monkey chained to a tree
Hotel Carrefour Chez "M" has a very psychotic looking monkey chained to a tree
He'll surely end up as a voodoo fetish
He'll surely end up as a voodoo fetish
The monkey got loose during lunch
The monkey got loose during lunch
He really didn't know what to do with his freedom
He really didn't know what to do with his freedom
Staff trying to catch the monkey
Staff trying to catch the monkey
Climb, stupid!
Climb, stupid!
Not the smartest monkey I've seen
Not the smartest monkey I've seen
Soon, the now bleeding monkey is dragged back to his tree
Soon, the now bleeding monkey is dragged back to his tree
The baby monkey went nuts when the big one escaped
The baby monkey went nuts when the big one escaped
Baby monkey eating my lunch
Baby monkey eating my lunch
Here We Sell School Supplies and Sacks of Rice
Here We Sell School Supplies and Sacks of Rice
Shop attached to the Hotel
Shop attached to the Hotel
Ganvié, Bénin
Ganvié, Bénin
Paddling Peddler, Ganvié, Bénin
Paddling Peddler, Ganvié, Bénin
A rare smile in Ganvié
A rare smile in Ganvié
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Motorboats are uncommon
Motorboats are uncommon
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Woman climbing down from her hut
Woman climbing down from her hut
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Donne moi un cadeau!
Donne moi un cadeau!
At least some of the kids seem happy
At least some of the kids seem happy
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
...perhaps tourists should stop coming here if the locals are so unfriendly and apparently annoyed by tourists...
...perhaps tourists should stop coming here if the locals are so unfriendly and apparently annoyed by tourists...
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Ganvié, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Sailboat, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Sailboat, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
The guy with the motorboat passing us again
The guy with the motorboat passing us again
Raggy sail catches the breeze
Raggy sail catches the breeze
Recycled Super Sack
Recycled "Super Sack"
Fishermen in a canoe, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Fishermen in a canoe, Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Lac Nakoué, Bénin
Boy poling the canoe back towards Ganvie
Boy poling the canoe back towards Ganvie
Venice of Africa
"Venice of Africa"
Remote stilt hut well outside the village
Remote stilt hut well outside the village
Back at the boat landing
Back at the boat landing
Back on the mainland
Back on the mainland
The road to Cotonou
The road to Cotonou
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