Cotonou Highlights & Orphanage
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Tour Code: COO-005
Join your coach at the pier and commence a drive through the Ganhi commercial area, passing the Cotonou Cathedral along the way. This Roman Catholic cathedral is well-known for its distinctive burgundy and white-striped tiled exterior façade.
From here you will continue on, crossing the Nokoue Lake and driving past the bustling Dantokpa market to the craft center. A stop will be made at the craft center where you will be allowed some free time to do some shopping for local handicrafts.
Re-joining your coach, you will next travel to the Abomey-Calavi orphanage. The orphanage is home to approximately 110 children that range in age from infants to children 16-years of age. Your visit includes a chance to meet with the children and then they will entertain you with singing and dancing. While the orphanage does have a box for those wishing to give a donation, this is strictly voluntary and there is no pressure for visitors to do this.
Your tour concludes with a drive through Cotonou's administrative quarter as you make your way back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes minimal walking over mostly even surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who are able to both make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Loose clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary. Please bear in mind that you will be visiting an under-developed destination which will not have the same amenities and comforts that you would find in more urban areas.