Page Updated: Mar 2020
Hunting Benin can be tough but rewarding. You need to be fit, prepared to walk and tolerate some degree of hardship. Benin does not teem with game as in Tanzania or South Africa but there is still enough for a worthwhile hunting experience.
"The western savannah buffalo is a serious contender for the most dangerous of game. Where in Africa can you hunt a brace of Dagga boys all in for under ten grand?" PH Andrew Baldry
March 2020: The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all travel to:
March 2020: US Travel Advisory on Benin recommends reconsidering travel to:
The Benin hunting season falls in the hot and dry months of the year.
There are 5 hunting zones in the far north of Benin near the borders with Burkins Faso and Niger. These hunting zones are close to the National Parks and buffer zone game reserves.
The international airport where you will land, is in the capital city, Cotonou, which is way down on the south coast. This is where your outfitter or company representative will meet you and help with your firearm import. If you are using the direct Air France flight from Paris which lands in the evening, you are likely to have to overnight in Cotonou before your marathan 12 hour road trip north the next day. More on international travel to Benin.
Alternatively you want to ask your outfitter about charter flights into your hunt area.
Most hunting accommodation is in permanent camps with chalets with all mod-cons and French cuisine. Some even have swimming pools and air conditioning. Some outfitters do offer more rustic tented camps.
The typical savanna terrain is dry with bushes and small woodland areas that can be quite thick. There are usually plenty of watering places which are a great draw for buffalo and other game.
Most hunters go to Benin for the special west African savanna animals which are unavailable in east or southern Africa. These include the western savanna buffalo, western roan and western kob.
A very small quota of CITES II lion has always been available to hunt in Benin. However, since February 2015, the EU Scientific Review Group has delivered a 'negative' opinion on wild lion conservation in Benin. Now most EU member states will require and likely deny an import permit for Benin lion hunting trophies as part of EU 'stricter domestic measures'. Australia has banned all lion trophy imports since March 2015.