Cotonou 02 hours 30 minutes OF EXPERIENCE

DANTOKPA : Discovery of the market and the secrets of Wax fabric

A real must-see in the city of Cotonou, the Dantokpa market opens at the foot of the new bridge and on the edge of the Cotonou lagoon. It represents the perfect place to take a bath of crowd, if however you dare to venture there!

02 hours 30 minutes
03:00 PM
Experience led by Asce
Loincloth seller at Dantokpa market

A real must in the city of Cotonou, the Dantokpa market opens at the foot of the new bridge and on the edge of the Cotonou lagoon. It is the perfect place to take in the crowds, if you dare to venture there! Originally, TOKPA, which means “on the edge of the lagoon”, was born in the 1940s. It was in 1963 that the market adopted a new name: “DANTOKPA”, due to the existence of the deity DAN (deity of prosperity and traders) dedicated to the lake and whose temple is located on the new bank which hosts the market.
DANTOKPA now occupies more than 18 hectares and has more than 17,000 formal and informal shops welcoming more than one million buyers per day.

Ready to discover the largest open-air market in West Africa? During your visit with our guide, you will discover all kinds of articles there. Whether it is loincloths, crafts, food or the gray market, this market will not stop surprising you. You will enjoy a privileged moment with Axe, our host who has been selling Wax fabrics in the market for more than 30 years. She will tell you all about the story of the Wax fabric, and reveal all the secrets it contains. You will discover its differences with other types of local fabrics such as African wax, bogolan or kenté. Hurry, the market will be relocated at the end of 2023, so don't delay and reserve your spot now!


  • Meeting and Departure Point: Maison KOOABO, quartier les Cocotiers, Cotonou.

* City: Cotonou / Departure time: 08:30 am

* Theme: Cultural

* Number of people: 02 or more

* Mode of transport: Minibus to market and market visit on foot.


Included :

    • Private guide
    • Visit of the market and its key areas
    • Meeting with a loincloth seller, presentation of the wax loincloth
    • Water

  • Crowd bath guaranteed, you will be immersed in the heart of the local culture !
  • Discover the Dantokpa market, its history and its hotspots
  • Chat with a market vendor. Discover the wax loincloth, its history and the meaning of its coded messages
  • Possibility of doing your shopping and shopping (please let us know at the time of your reservation)
  • Need to customize this itinerary? Contact us!

  • Receive a refund for a cancellation made 7 days before the date of the experience.
  • Your experience can be canceled and refunded in full within 24 hours of purchase.

  • Be careful, there is a lot of walking! Wearing a cap, walking shoes, sun glasses and sunscreen is strongly recommended
  • Not recommended for young children, people with reduced mobility, agoraphobic or claustrophobic

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