WESTERN AFRICA

Benin Map

A map of Benin that displays major cities, towns, roads, and rivers.  It includes a satellite and physical map to view its forests and topography. Finally, a departments map shows its administrative units.

REFERENCE

Benin Political Map

Benin is located in Western Africa, along the Gulf of Guinea to the south. It borders just 4 other African countries including Nigeria to the east, Togo to the west, Burkina Faso to the northwest and Niger in the northeast. Along the Bight of Benin is home to several large cities. This includes Cotonou, the largest city in Benin and the seat of government. But Porto-Novo is Benin’s capital, also in the southern region of Benin. 

IMAGERY

Benin Satellite Map

The country of Benin occupies an area of 114,763 square kilometers (44,310 sq mi), which makes it one of the smaller countries in Africa. Benin is elongated in the north-south direction, slightly bulging in the northern region. Benin is located just above the equator between 6° and 13°N latitudes. Unlike its neighbors to the north, the Sahara Desert does not extend as far to Benin.  Instead, land types that are characteristic to Benin include savannah, fallow, mangroves, and remnant forests.  Although deforestation is ongoing in Benin, forests cover a bit more than an estimated 40% of Benin.

PHYSICAL

Benin Physical Map

The country of Benin is primarily flat with some undulating plains and rolling hills. Its highest point is Mont Sokbaro which reaches 658 meters (2,159 ft) in height.  This hill is situated in the western region of the country next to Togo.  Some of its highest geographic regions are the plateaus of southern Benin, which reach a height of 20 to 200 m (66 to 656 ft).  Finally, the Altacora Range extends all the way from Ghana in the northeast direction towards Benin.

ADMINISTRATION

Benin Departments Map

Benin divides its administrative units into 12.  Then, it subdivides departments further into communes. Since 1999, Benin split its previous six departments. In turn, this doubled its count of departments and currently, Benin has 12 departments in total.  Its largest city Cotonou is part of the Littoral, which is the smallest department in size.