Geography

Benin is a small country (roughly 700 km from north to south, 125 km from west to east on the coast and 325 km along the Tanguiéta-Segbana axis), but, along with Togo, one of the most contrasting countries in Africa.

Its coast, open to the Gulf of Guinea, is made up of wide sandy beaches with coconut palms and peaceful lagoons, while in the interior of the country there are plateaus with an altitude of 200 m, covered with wooded savannah.

The north-west of the country is occupied by the Atakora mountain range, whose highest point is Mount Sagabarao (658 m).

Finally, Benin is crossed by many rivers that flow into lakes (Ahémé, Nokoué…) and lagoons, which are the source of the country’s animal wealth.