Culture and monkey’s watching in Benin

Culture and monkey’s watching in Benin

(Especially for nature-, animal- and photography lovers)

3 days / 2 nights Culture and monkey’s watching in Benin 

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This ecotourism tour focused on diurnal primates and Benin culture.

Cercopithecus Ergthrogaster
We are proud to work together on this tour with ODDB. An organization which stands for; Organisation pour le Développement Durable et la Biodiversité (ODDB), an NGO that works with local communities for the protection of Benin threatened primate’s species. ODDB contributes to the conservation of biological diversity by providing support to communities through the creation of green activities such as ecotourism.
White-thighed colobus
About the tour:

The tour Primates of Benin will reveal four sites in the south, center and north of Benin with the possibility to observe six of the seven diurnal primate species of Benin including the red-bellied guenon endemic to Benin and Togo. By booking this tour, you:

See at first hand the conservations issues of primates and wildlife in Benin and those of local development;

Contribute to the conservation of Benin primates, especially endangered species such red-bellied monkey and white thighed colobus;

Contribute to the development of the local communities of the visited.

Primates species to be discovered by the field site;

Sanctuary of monkeys at Drabo : Red-bellied guenon

Gnanhouizounmè sacred forest : Mona monkey, Red-bellied monkey, Tantalus monkey

Kikélé sacred forest: White thighed colobus

Detailed itinerary

Day 1 : Cotonou- Drabo- Gnanhouizounmè

  • Departure for the Sanctuary of monkeys at Drabo, a managed forest where we will observe Red-bellied monkey. The sanctuary is home to all the threatened forest plant species of Benin.
  • Lunch and departure for Gnanhouizounmè sacred forest
  • Practice of the circuit “Wogboto” that will plunge us into the heart of the culture of Wémènou, the village history and daily activities (fishing, basket weaving, and agriculture) of the population and the particular architecture of the house in Gnanhouizounmè.
  • Dinner and night at Gnanhouizounmè

Day 2 : Gnanhouizounmè – Kikélé

  • Early breakfast.
  • Departure for Gnanhouizounmè sacred forest where we will practice a tour in the sacred forest, we will have the opportunity to observe the Red-bellied monkey, Tantalus monkey and Mona monkey. Gnahouizounmè is a dense flooded forest which is the refuge of a variety of wildlife species, especially threatened species as Red-bellied monkey, Sitatunga and Bush pig.
  • Lunch
  • Departure for Kikélé sacred forest
  • We will practice a tour to discover the village and its history
  • Installation, diner and night in camping in the village.


Day 3 : Kikélé – Cotonou

  • Early breakfast
  • Practice of a tour in the sacred forest where we will observe tame White thighed colobus, a majestic monkey that local people consider as their ancestor.  The mona monkey could be also observed in the forest. The visitor will learn about several plants used by the population in traditional medicine.
  • Lunch and departure for Cotonou
  • Transfer to the airport or your hotel.

Together, save the threatened primate of Benin.

Diurnal Primates of Benin.
Benin is the home to seven diurnal primate species including: the endemic endangered Red-bellied monkey (Cercopithecus erythrogaster erythrogaster), the Mona monkey (Cercopithecus mona), the Tantalus monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops tantalus), the Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas), the Olive baboon (Papio anubis), the White thighed colobus (Colobus vellerosus) and Olive colobus (Procolobus verus).

Inclusive in this tour:
  • Overnight stay in tents
  • Tourist tax
  • Transport by car or bus with driver
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary; breakfast, lunch and dinner (with lunch and dinner a soft drink or local beer is included)
  • Entrances and excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Booking fee 20.000 CFA or €30,00
  • Personal expenses like drinks and food not mentioned under inclusive.
  • Insurances, visa, vaccinations.
  • Any other charges of hiring a service for personal enjoyment/assistance like portages, tips, insurance, laundry, mineral water etc.
  • Any service/assistance not covered under inclusive.
  • Calamities caused by nature, terrorism or other causes.
  • All other things not mentioned under inclusive.

Colobus vellerosus


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