Trip To Bab’s Dock

After settling in our Airbnb apartment, we decided to take a short trip to a small island in Country – Bab’s Dock.

Bab’s Dock as it’s simply called is a small and popular island located at Houndodji, Cococodji in Benin Republic. It is about 45mins from our apartment (Segbeya) by bike. I definitely did underestimate Benin Republic as a Country, I was clearly looking at it as a city,  My bad.

$25 AirBnb Apartment in Cotonou

$25 AirBnb Apartment In Cotonou

I had previously booked a $25/night apartment via Airbnb for three nights so we could have a place to stay as soon as we arrive in Cotonou. It took almost an hour to arrive at Segbeya, where our apartment was located. 

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The Airbnb host, Haidi, told us to alight in front of a church where he came to pick us up with his bike alongside a friend. I rode with him, while Barakat rode with his friend. He was so nice and thankfully, he speaks and understands Yoruba fluently. He also speaks and understands French, but sadly we don’t. 

We settled in and to be honest, the apartment wasn’t what I had expected, although it looked the same as the pictures posted online. I guess I just had a certain image of it in my head. The environment was basic and nothing serious was happening. It wasn’t completely bad, it just wasn’t giving the vibes it ought to give. We eventually canceled for the third night because we were more settled and could think of other places to stay.

One thing that completely took me off the grid was the fact that we had to pay for electricity during our stay. We paid 4,000 CFA / 4,000 / $8 for the two nights. In fact, we managed it. Dylane, the owner of the apartment said that’s how it’s been done because electricity is very expensive in Benin.

We were also able to use the wifi provided at the apartment since we couldn’t get a sim card on our way. The roaming charges were ridiculous. I had about 30GB of data on my mtn sim card before I got to Benin and it disappeared in less than an hour,

Overall, the environment was peaceful and we enjoyed our stay. $25 is pretty fair for the kind of services they provided.

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BENIN REPUBLIC

Benin Republic

I recently took a trip to the Benin Republic by road and I’d say it ended in tears. Well, literally. I sure had a great time but it was just filled with so many unnecessary dramas I could have avoided.

Benin Republic, in my opinion, is not a bad country, and it definitely did worth the time I spent there. I traveled with my friend – Barakat – and we had such an amazing time.

The road trip lasted about six hours. The duration includes border control, and the time required to settle in our Airbnb apartment.

How to get to Benin Republic by road

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From wherever you are, find your way to the Badagry roundabout, then take a bike or a cab to the Seme border. 

Seme border is a settlement in Nigeria on the border with Benin Republic, about an hour drive from Badagry.

I would suggest you do bike because there are a lot of check points on the road which bikes could stylishly avoid, and the cab men would claim to carry you past the border – illegally of course. 

When the bike trip ends, alight and stroll down to the Nigerian border for about three to five minutes. And that’s where your cross over to Benin Republic begins. 

Note that if you want to go through the appropriate channel, make sure to cross the border yourself, on foot, to get your passport stamped.

Arriving in Cotonou, the first thing I noticed was the mode of transportation – even a blind man could tell. There were so many bike riders and they were well coordinated.
They wore yellow aprons which served as their uniforms as well as helmets. Most importantly, they were not honking unnecessarily. Could never be Lagos 😩.

I have more to tell you about my trip, please keep in touch and leave me a comment below.

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Trip To Bab’s Dock

After settling in our Airbnb apartment, we decided to take a short trip to a small island in Country – Bab’s Dock. Bab’s Dock as it’s simply called is a small and popular island located at Houndodji, Cococodji in Benin Republic. It is about 45mins from our apartment (Segbeya) by bike. I definitely did…

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