Kandi Tourist Places to Visit in Kandi, Alibori, Benin, North Africa, Africa

Kandi Tourist Places to Visit in Kandi, Alibori, Benin, North Africa, Africa

Kandi is a town situated in the department of Alibori in the northern part of Benin, around 520 kilometers north of the national capital, Porto-Novo and 650 kilometers north of Cotonou, the largest city of Benin. Kandi is geographically positioned between 11°07′43″ N latitude and 2°56′13″ E longitude, covering an area of 3,421 square kilometers.

The commune of Kandi shares borders with Gogounou to the south, Banikoara to the west, Malanville towards north and Ségbana towards east. The economy of Kandi is based on the different agricultural activities, especially on the productions of maize, cotton and kapok.


History of Kandi:

According to the documented history, the Dendi Kingdom was the founder of Kandi. The town holds few remains indicating the foundation dating from the Dendi Kingdom period.


Conenctivity to Kandi:

There is an airport in Kandi, but it is not served by any flights currently. The closest major airport to Kandi is the Parakou Airport, located around 215 kilometers away from Kandi and has scheduled flight services from Cotonou.

Kandi is connected to Parakou through roadways and buses extend to the national capital, Porto Novo and Cotonou.

One can get around the town by minibus or rental car which are also used for airport travel and to reach nearby cities.


Shopping and Food in Kandi:

Kandi offers modernized shops and restaurants and tourists can have memorable shopping experiences and can taste mouthwatering authentic Beninese dishes in and around Kandi.


Things to do in Kandi:

  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Village tours


Tourist places in and around Kandi:

Foret de Kandi:

The Foret de Kandi is a forest reserve, situated around 10 kilometers away from the town of Kandi. It would be helpful if visitors take a guided tour or help of natives, to explore this nature reserve.



Kandi Airport:

The Kandi Airport is situated at 11°8′42.2″ N 2°56′25.6″ E, around 292 meters above sea level, around 2 kilometers  away from heart of Kandi. The airport is modern, well constructed, but it is served by very less flights.



Djougou is a market town, situated around 280 kilometers away from Kandi, home to a sports venue Djougou Stadium, a cultural center, and many other man-made and natural tourist attractions.



Parakou is a city located around 215 kilometers south of Kandi, connected by highway RNIE 2. It holds many traditional and modern tourist attractions including the museum Musée en Plein Air de Parakou, international market Grand Marché Azeke and mosque.


List of other attractive places in and around Kandi include:

  • Djougou Stadium
  • Maison de Jeunesin
  • Pendjari National Park
  • Musée en Plein Air de Parakou
  • W National Park
  • Cotonou Cathedral



  • The international market Grand Marché Azeke
  • Cotonou Central Mosque
  • Alexandre Sènou Adandé Ethnographic Museum
  • Royal Palaces in Porto-Novo
  • Musée en Plein Air de Parakou
  • Ancien Pont Bridge
  • Basilique de l’Immaculée Conception


Ideal time to visit Kandi:

Throughout the year is best, especially for outdoor activities, from November to April is the ideal time to visit Kandi in Benin.


Where to stay in Kandi?

There are standard accommodation centers very less in number, so, to enjoy grand hospitality services, visitors can drive towards the commercial capital Cotonou, where one can find all sorts of modern hotels with different latest facilities and services. Some nice hotels in Kandi, Djougou (280 kilometers), Parakou (210 kilometers) and Cotonou (650 kilometers) are as follows:

  • Chez Monique Auberge a La Lune
  • Residence Marie-Josee Abomey
  • Auberge d’Abomey
  • Chez Monique
  • Hotel Dako Bohicon
  • Le Raja Hotel
  • Best Western Plus Liberte Hotel
  • BEST WESTERN Hotel Colombe
  • Hotel Beni Tala
  • Le Meridien Oran Hotel & Convention Centre
  • Hotel Eden Airport
  • Hotel Residence Pomaria
  • Hotel Residence Le Timgad
  • Hotel Eden Belabbes

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