Benin is situated on the west African coast, extending 700 kms inland from the Bight of Benin. Its coastline is 100kms long, stretching between Togo and Nigeria. There are five distinct geographic areas; a sandy shoreline; the low-lying fertile plains; the clay plateau; the north west high plains and the northeastern Niger plains.

The climate is tropical, divided into three zones: in the south, rain throughout the year, especially May-October; in the centre, two rainy seasons with peaks in May and October; in the north, one rainy season (July-September) with dry season (October-April) hot with low humidity. Temperatures can reach 46°C.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

With many ancient wonders to discover, the tropical climate of Benin can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on returning to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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