Best time to go to Benin

Benin experiences a strong north-south divide between its cultures as well as its climate.
Tourists are likely to spend most of their time in southern Benin, which has a tropical, equatorial climate. Rains fall here from April to the end of October, with a brief dry spell in mid-July to August. High humidity means that even the “cooler” months of June to September are still very warm. The desert-like north experiences more extreme temperatures, with November to June searingly hot, and June to October wetter and cooler. The best time to visit Benin is from November to February; not only is it dry, but you’ll be able to attend the annual Vodoun Festival in Ouidah in January.

Benin Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
23
31
19
FEB
25
32
40
MAR
25
32
76
APR
25
32
127
MAY
24
31
195
JUN
23
29
334
JUL
23
28
148
AUG
23
28
71
SEP
23
29
142
OCT
24
30
146
NOV
23
31
57
DEC
24
31
21

Benin month by month

From mid-November or December through January, February and March, Benin is extra dry and dusty thanks to the harmattan wind that blows in from the Sahara. Bring plenty of good moisturiser and lip balm – and sup water to ease a tickly throat, especially if heading north. Contact lens wearers may also find glasses more comfortable. The rains in the wetter south begin in April, with temperatures beginning to cool in May as the rains really kick in. This can be very disruptive to travel as many areas can become inaccessible. The dry window in August can be a good time to visit southern Benin as you’ll benefit from cooler temperatures, blue skies and no harmattan dust! Many trips focus around the Vodoun Festival in Ouidah which takes place on 10th January each year.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IN BENIN

Jim O’Brien, from our supplier Native Eye Travel, shares his tips on the best time to go to Benin:
“A good thing to do in December is to go and see the Gelede dances at a place called Cové. It’s not really voodoo but it shares a lot of the same characteristics, with people getting dressed up as representations – not necessarily of gods but perhaps spirits. It’s the state religion; it doesn’t have the same connotations in Benin as Hollywood has given it.”

BENIN FESTIVALS & EVENTS

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The Vodoun Festival

The Vodoun Festival is the greatest event in the voodoo calendar. Taking place on 10th January every year in Ouidah, it is one of the best ways to get under the skin of this often misunderstood religion. People dress up as voodoo gods, complete with colourful, swirling costumes and masks, drums beat hypnotically, and goats and chickens are sacrificed throughout the festival.
Written by Vicki Brown
Photo credits: [Page banner: Joachim Huber] [Sunset: Jasmine Nears] [Gelede dances: Grete Howard] [Vodoun Festival: David Bacon]
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