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Best Time to Visit Benin in 2024 for Cultural Tours, Wildlife Safaris, and Beach Retreats. Benin Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Benin

  • Optimal: November to February (milder temperatures, less humidity).
  • For wildlife safaris: December to April (dry season, easier wildlife spotting).
  • For cultural tours and beach retreats: March to April and October to November (pleasant weather, fewer tourists).

Geography facts

  • Location: West Africa, bordered by Togo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Niger.
  • Area: 114,763 km².
  • Landscape: Diverse, including savannas, plateaus, and coastal plains. Notable features include the Pendjari National Park and the coastal town of Ouidah.

Benin boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes, making it a unique destination for travelers. From the wildlife-rich Pendjari National Park in the north to the historic coastal town of Ouidah, Benin offers a range of experiences including cultural tours, wildlife safaris, and relaxing beach retreats.

Climate

  • Southern Benin: Tropical with two rainy seasons (April to July and September to November) and two dry seasons.
  • Northern Benin: More marked wet and dry seasons.
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding perceived temperatures. (с) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Northern Benin: Dry and hot. Day: up to 33°C (91°F), Night: around 18°C (64°F).
  • Southern Benin: Cooler and dry. Day: around 31°C (88°F), Night: about 24°C (75°F).
  • Activity tips: Ideal for visiting the historical cities like Abomey and Porto-Novo.

February

  • Temperatures: Similar to January.
  • Humidity: Starts to increase towards the end of the month.
  • Ideal for: Exploring the wildlife in northern parks like Pendjari.

March

  • Start of the hot season: Day: up to 35°C (95°F), Night: about 25°C (77°F).
  • Humidity: Increasing, especially in the south.
  • Beach Retreats: Good time to visit the beaches of Grand-Popo or Ouidah before the rainy season.
Benin nature (c) pibig.info

April

  • Beginning of the rainy season in the south.
  • Temperatures: Slightly cooler due to rain, around 32°C (90°F) during the day.
  • Wildlife spotting: Best time for safaris in Pendjari National Park.

May

  • Peak of the rainy season in the south.
  • Northern Benin: Still dry and very hot.
  • Cultural tours: Ideal for exploring royal palaces in Abomey.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

June

  • Rainy season in full swing across the country.
  • Daytime temperatures: Around 30°C (86°F), nights cooler.
  • Travel Tip: Good time for visiting the stilt village of Ganvié.

July

  • Continued rains, especially in the south.
  • Temperatures: Slightly cooler, around 28°C (82°F).
  • Indoor activities: Explore museums and cultural centers in Cotonou.

August

  • End of the rainy season in the north.
  • South: Continues to experience rain.
  • Temperatures: Similar to July.
Benin (c) Wikipedia

September

  • Start of the second dry season in the north.
  • South: Rain starts to lessen.
  • Travel Tip: Visit the coastal areas for beach activities as the weather starts to improve.

October

  • Dry season well-established in the north.
  • South: End of the rainy season.
  • Temperatures: Pleasant, around 30°C (86°F) during the day.
  • Event to attend: Voodoo festivals in Ouidah.

November

  • Ideal travel month: Dry and cooler across the country.
  • Temperatures: Day: around 31°C (88°F), Night: around 22°C (72°F).
  • Activities: Perfect for both cultural tours and wildlife safaris.

December

  • Peak of the dry season: Low humidity, comfortable temperatures.
  • Northern Benin: Cooler, especially at night.
  • Wildlife Safaris: Excellent visibility and conditions in national parks.

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