Sitting in middle of Lake Nokoué, southern Benin, is Ganvie – the largest stilt village in Africa.
Frequently called the Venice of Africa by travel books, the floating city was established in the sixteenth or seventeenth century by the Tofinu people. They took to the lake to avoid the Fon warriors who were capturing slaves for sale to European traders. Legend has it that the religion of the Fon people forbade them from entering water, therefore the lake was a safe haven for the Tofinu.
Around five hundred years later, twenty thousand people call Ganvie home and its exceptional setting and the stunning scenery that surround it makes the lake a rising destination with tourists.