TOURIST VILLAGES THAT ARE BUILT ON LAGOONS IN AFRICA (TOP 5)
1 . To begin with, GANVIE LAKE VILLAGE – BÉNIN
Cotonou is the largest city in Benin, a small West African republic on the Gulf of Guinea. In 1855, the French dug a lagoon canal connecting Cotonou’s ocean coastline with Lake Nokoue, the large lake to the north. On the northern shore of that lake, sits a very different kind of city. Ganvie is Africa’s largest town on stilts.
It was founded in either the 16th or 17th century as the natives of present-day Benin moved to the lake to avoid slavers. These were the Tofinu people who were avoiding the Fon tribesmen who were trading slaves with the Europeans.
Ganvie is only an hour’s drive from Cotonou, Benin’s biggest city. There is a dirt parking lot next to the dock. Boats waiting at the dock will take you to Ganvie. The tour cost 5,000 CFA per person and then another 5,000 CFA for the guide. The tour may last approximately two hours.
2 . Secondly, NZULENZU STILT VILLAGE -GHANA
The place is believed to have been in existence for more than 400 years, Nzulenzu, a Nzema town (one of the tribes in Ghana). It was built over Lake Tandane, Nzulezo derives its name from their local language, Nzema, meaning “surface of the water.” The inhabitants of the village are said to have migrated from Walata, a city in the ancient Ghana Empire.
This was in the earliest Western Sudanese States. According to tradition, ancestors of the village were brought to their present place by a snail. Still a very traditional community, its people presently adhere to norms and taboos. On Thursdays, a day regarded as sacred on the lake, the villagers do not engage in any strenuous activities.
3 . Thirdly, L’ILE FLOTTANTE- CÔTÉ D’IVOIRE.
If you want to celebrate your honeymoon, an anniversary, or want to have a romantic moment, then the best place for you is L’ile Flottante. L’ile Flottante is marvelous tourism and ecological relaxation restaurant. It is a famous tourist destination in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The floating island is an exceptional relaxation area built on the Ebrié Lagoon of Abidjan. With its romantic aura and eternal charm, L’ile Flottante attracts lovebirds from all over all year. It is a place to Experience.
4 . Also, KO PANYI – THAILAND
Ko Panyi is a fishing village in the province of Phang Nga in Thailand. It is noted for being built on stilts by fishermen from Indonesia. The population consists of about 1,500 to 2,000 people descending from two Muslim families from Java. The people there engage mostly in fishing. They have a soccer field which also floats on the stilts, this was built by the children of the town with old scraps of wood and fishing rafts.
5 . Lastly, HALONG BAY FLOATING VILLAGE- VIETNAM
The village has about 600 inhabitants. It is a very calm place to be to escape hustle from the hot streets of your busy country roads. The people also engage in fishing activities as the rocky islands in the area are not futile enough to be cultivated. The town is very rich in sea foods and fish. They sell their catch to bigger boats going to the main city of Vietnam and other parts of the continent.
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