It's required to have a guide from the local tourist office for the trip to Porte de Non Retour. Make sure to stop and arrange one before you make your way down the slave route.
There are minimal places to stop for the bathroom during the day, so make sure you and the kids go whenever you can. Also, carry a bit of toilet paper, just in case you need a side-of-the-road stop!
Le Musee de la Fondation Zinsou is closed on Mondays, so it's best to visit between Tuesday and Sunday.
It can get quite hot in May and June, so avoid these months if possible. The best time to visit Ouidah is November to January.
Looking for an off-the-beaten-path Africa family vacation? How about Ouidah, Benin? Ouidah was one of the largest slave trading ports in West Africa, with an estimated 1 million slaves being shipped from here. A day exploring Ouidah with kids can include much more than just the slave history, touching on a variety of different aspects of Beninese culture. This itinerary begins with the slave history at Musee d’Histoire de Ouidah (Ouidah History Museum), and then follows the slave route out to the coast. Learn about the traditional African Vodoun religion at the Temple des Pythons (Python Temple), and get the chance to hold a snake. Get a glimpse into the modern art movement in Benin at Le Musee de la Fondation Zinsou (The Zinsou Foundation Museum), before ending the day with a guided tour of the original slave route to Porte de Non Retour (The Gate of No Return). It’s a truly unique experience for any family trip to Africa.