Driving Directions Benin
BENIN, a republic on the southern coast of West Africa, was formerly called Dahomey after the African kingdom which dominated the region between the 17th and 19th centuries. In the south, it has a very short coastline on the Bight of Benin and the coastal region is sandy with many lagoons. Inland, the ground rises to a fertile plain and then to a plateau. In the far northwest, the Atakora Mountains rise from the plateau in the region of the Niger/Nigeria border.