Uwomano’s Travel Experience To Cotonou

Point of no return
Point of no return

From whom do I make my findings about my proposed trip to Cotonou?

I noticed her, related with her on few occasions and requested that she be featured on the blog. She not only sent in her draft earlier than agreed, she ensured every needed picture was well understood.

For a mother of one who’d stop at nothing in getting happiness through wandering, Uwonano is sure leading a life which still is a dream to many.

Here is a conversational report on her trip to Cotonou.
Getting into Cotonou

I’ve heard tons of story about crossing the Seme border from different people at varying times. While some narrate how tedious a task it is crossing the dreaded border, others recounted their sweet experience crossing this notorious demarcation. Uwonano is one of such.

Hear her.

“It wasn’t my first time of traveling to Benin Republic so I had learned a lot from my previous outings. 7am was the exact time I set out with my son (who happens to be my only trusted travel partner). We took a shared cab from mile 2 straight to Seme border where unlike many travelers, we didn’t pay a dime for crossing the border because my son got on the right side of the border officials.

aux martyrs du dimanche cotonou statue
Aux Martyrs Du Dimanche: The monument stands as a memorial to the victims of the coup d’état that Bob Denard and his mercenaries tried in 1977. The monument features three statues of soldiers with weapons in their hands and a flag behind them.
Welcome to Cotonou
Welcome!

With disappointment well spelt on my face, we changed our cash immediately on crossing the border. Things have really gone bad for our dear Naira (our 1,000 is now worth just 1,500CFA). I had to stop brooding, my son mustn’t detect my state of mind since I told him we would be off to have fun.

On Getting to Cotonou

The shared cab we boarded from the border charged us 1000cfa each for taking us into Cotonou.


Brief fact about Cotonou
Aside being the country’s largest city, Cotonou is where the Benin Republic’s only seaport and international airport is. This is why it’s more popular than even the capital (Port novo)?


We again took another cab which showed us around Cotonou. As travelers, this is one of the most important things to do.
While I instructed the driver to take us to some places, he suggested others, and we ended up seeing few churches, a mosque, plazas and even culture centres.

Central mosque
Central mosque
Ats and Culture Centre
Arts and Culture Centre
Ats and Culture Centre
Arts and Culture Centre

 

Picture of Chinese culture centre
Chinese culture centre

After the sightseeing, we took another shared cab to Ouidah (@ 1300cfa each), a journey which took about an hour.
On getting to Ouidah, we took a bike (1000cfa) straight to Casa del papa (one of the most popular resorts in the country).


Here’s a short one on Ouidah:

Ouidah was once a prosperous kingdom located on the Slave Coast of West Africa in what is now Benin. It rose to prominence as an exporter of slaves in the late 17th century and flourished for about sixty years before falling to the inland kingdom of Dahomey in 1727.


Casa del papa
Casa del papa

They have a beautiful pool, a lake and kayaking is also available.

Casa del papa pool
Casa del papa pool
Front view of Uwomano's room (facing the beach directly)
Front view of Uwomano’s room (facing the beach directly)
Umonamo's room in Casa del papa
Inside Uwonano’s room in Casa del papa

The cheapest rooms were about 35,000cfa but we opted for the one of 45,000cfa. It was a beautiful room which enabled us have a good view of the beach.

Front view of Uwomano's room (facing the beach directly)
Cute.

The next day, we went to the point of no return and Memorial Du Grand Jubile de I’an 2000).

Point of no return
Point of no return

 

Memorial Du Grand Jubilee De Lan 2000
Memorial Du Grand Jubilee De Lan 2000

 

Communication problem as travelers

Majority of the citizens speak Yoruba and a few speak English too, so this made communication easier for me even though the country is of a french colony.

“I would rather own a little and see the world, than own the world and see a little of it.”

Traveling tips for those intending to Travel to Cotonou

– Travel very light. Don’t take along anything you wouldn’t be needing.
– Always be you.
– Traveling is very expensive now especially for Nigerians, so save as much as you can as that’s my secret+my husband usually helps too.
– Be happy and responsible.
– Always have your passport or Id card with you to avoid stories that touch.
– Lastly, to save cost, do more of street food, take public transport because this is one of the easiest ways for you to know the locals well and feel their culture first hand.

Uwomano poses with the flag of Benin republic
Uwomano poses with the flag of Benin republic

Uwomano’s budget for the trip was #120,000 and my infinix zero3 took care of the pictures.

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  1. Very insightful…i was able to understand the fact findings about Benin republic without personal experience. Though with this exquisite write up hope to visit someday. Thanks nomadic Negro

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