Lake Nokoué – Ganvié: A Village Built in the Lake

Lake Nokoué – Ganvié: A Village Built in the Lake

Ganvié, a town of more than 25,000 people, consists of houses and buildings built mainly on stilts several miles off the shore of Lake Nokoue. According to travel guides, the town began in the 17th century when the Tofinu people fled the dominant Dahomey kingdom’s slave raiders. Dahomey religion forbade the slave hunters from entering the water and the Tofinu have lived here eversince. A number of other communities live on stilt houses in the shallow lake but Ganvié has become the most popular with tourists.

 

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