BonSoir Ouidah!

This is the second part of a three part series. The first part being from Lagos to Grand Popo which can be seen here

 

Grand Popo to Ouidah:

Check out time was 12:00 pm and we had initially discussed with the manager of the hotel to get us a taxi taking us to Ouidah.

When we were ready, he was no where to be found, so we decided to find our way with the help of Google maps and Google translate. We found a taxi who was willing to take us to Ouidah at 1,000CFA per person which I considered very fair.

Please note that Benin republic taxis carry 6 passengers; 4 at the back and 2 in front. 

The journey from Grand popo to Ouidah was approximately 50 minutes and it was a smooth one because the roads are in such good condition.

Once we got to Ouidah junction, I called my hotel for directions and she was able to direct our taxi motors (motorbikes) to our destination. The bikes changed us 250 CFA per person, so we paid 1,000 CFA collectively.

L’hacienda Hotel;

L’hacienda is a beautiful and very homely place. Its being managed by very friendly people and their goal is to ensure you have a very relaxing stay.

We paid our booking rates and paid an additional 2,500 CFA per person for breakfast in the morning. Grace, the manager then showed us our rooms.

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Pros:

  • WIFI was stronger here than in awale plage
  • The hotel’s location was perfect and close to all the historical sights.
  • Breakfast was DELICIOUS
  • I got to meet another Nigerian group and it was so much fun.

Cons;

  • Too many rules and regulations. (We could not bring in external food, drinks, water)
  • We could not play music as the house literally kept echoing
  • Lights out was 10pm.
  • We had to close the room doors as gentle as possible to avoid confrontation

The Snake Temple:

We decided to visit one of the popular tourist sights in Ouidah, the snake temple. Getting to the location cost us 200 CFA each with a Zem motor.

Entrance cost 4,000CFA for all 4 us and this was inclusive of a permit to take pictures. (without the permit, it was going to cost us 2,000CFA)

We also requested for an English speaking tour guide, and unfortunately, I cannot remember his name.

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The Slave Trade Route:

After visiting the snake temple, the tour guide enticed us with another tour which cost 5,000 CFA  per person. It was a tour of the slave trade route and back with a Zem motor. Its easier to explain the tour with pictures which I have attached below.

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Lunch:

Our tour guide took us to a popular restaurant around the area where we had “Benin Jollof Rice” and I have promised myself never to try it again.

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We got back to the hotel, played in the pool with our new Nigerian friends , played monopoly and retired by 10pm.

The next morning, we had breakfast, took some pictures and got ready to leave for cotonou.

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