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  • Koutammakou
  • Koutammakou
  • Koutammakou
  • Koutammakou



Founded in the 17th century by people fleeing the slave- snatching of Benin's Dahomeyan king,  Koutammakou has a distinctive collection of two-story fortress-like mud houses or ‘Tatas’ which are built for defence against invaders.

Listed in 2004 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO,  this district is one of the most picturesque in the country, with intense sunlight and stunning mountain landscapes. 

Many of the buildings feature an almost spherical form above a cylindrical base. Some feature the traditional flat roofs, others conical thatched crowns. Most are grouped in villages, which also include ceremonial spaces, springs, rocks and sites reserved for initiation ceremonies.

We give you an entire day, to roam the Koutammakou landscape, in the Tamberma Valley and get to know the Taberma. Then they will delight you with climbing a baobab tree using the inside walls. Then when you reach the top, you will be surprised you have come out at the apex of the trunk, and then clamber down the outside wall.