Ganvie, Benin

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.
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Ganvie on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, is the largest lake village in Africa with a population of around 30,000.

Ganvie on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, is the largest lake village in Africa with a population of around

Drummers establish the beat at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

Drummers establish the beat at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A voodoo dancer twirls his cape at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A voodoo dancer twirls his cape at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

Villagers from Ganvie on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, ride toward Abomey Calavi on the mainland.

Villagers from Ganvie on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, ride toward Abomey Calavi on the mainland.

Tofinu children paddle a load of firewood through Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

Tofinu children paddle a load of firewood through Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, is famous for its waterways winding among bamboo houses on teak stilts.

Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, is famous for its waterways winding among bamboo houses on teak stilts.

The floating market at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

The floating market at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

Sailing canoes ply Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

Sailing canoes ply Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A woman with a canoe load of pineapples sets out at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A woman with a canoe load of pineapples sets out at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A voodoo dancer poses at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue, near Cotonou, Benin.

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A small overwater shop in Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A small overwater shop in Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A Tofinu villager sails out onto Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A Tofinu villager sails a canoe out onto Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A voodoo dancer swings around at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A voodoo dancer swings around at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

The bamboo houses of Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, stand on teak stilts. The Tofinu people fled here in the 16th and 17th centuries to escape Dahomey slavers who were forbidden by their religion from traveling over water.

The bamboo houses of Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin, stand on teak stilts. The Tofinu people fled here in the and centuries to escape Dahomey slavers who were forbidden by their religion from traveling over water.

Tofinu women paddle through Ganvie on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin. The village formed in the 16th and 17th centuries as Tofinu people fled the mainland where they were hunted by Dahomey slavers.

Tofinu women paddle through Ganvie on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin. The village formed in the and centuries as Tofinu people fled the mainland where they were hunted by Dahomey slavers.

A Tofinu man out for a paddle at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

A Tofinu man out for a paddle at Ganvie village on Lake Nokoue near Cotonou, Benin.

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