Tiny Benin, sandwiched between Nigeria, Togo and Burkina Faso is home to broad-leaved Guinea woodlands and dry Sahelian savannah. Rarely visited, Benin turned from Marxist rule to democracy in the early 1990’s, and has since remained not only stable, but among the safest countries to visit on the continent. The paucity of birders to the country means there is still plenty to discover.
Our tour of Benin departs from the capital city of Porto Novo, heading northwards to our private camp on the border of the Pendjari National Park. Home to some of the last West African populations of large game including African Elephant, the Critically Endangered ‘West African’ Lion, Hippopotamus, African Buffalo and various antelope. Among the birding highlights are large colonies of Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Double-spurred Francolin, Arabian Bustard, Senegal Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Violet Turaco, Abyssinian Roller, Standard-winged Nightjar and Lavender Waxbill.