Ganvie is a unique village built on Lake Nokoué, an hour north of Benin’s capital city, Cotonou. The village has a population of approx. 20,000 all living in houses on stilts over the water. It’s thought that the Tofinu people built their lake village and settled around 400 years ago to escape slavers who came from the Fon tribe (who were not allowed to fight on water for traditional reasons).
Unsurprisingly, most people rely on fishing for their income creating a vast array of vibrant floating markets. Locals have devised a system of underwater plantings to ‘fence’ the fish in for a more effective catch!
Have you been to Ganvie? I would love to hear about it!