Place:Atakora, Benin


Alt namesAtakora Department
Atacorasource: Britannica Book of the Year (1998) p 557
Atakorasource: Wikipedia
Atakora provincesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Coordinates10.0°N 1.583°E
Located inBenin
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Atakora is the northwestern department of Benin, bordering Togo to the west and Burkina Faso to the north. Also, it borders the departments of Alibori, Borgou, and Donga. It is the most mountainous region of Benin, and the birthplace of the president, Mathieu Kérékou. It is a much drier area of the country than the south, with 3 major seasons, a rainy season that runs from May or June to September or October, a Harmattan season of cool, dry winds that runs from October or November to February, and a hot, Famine season that runs from February to April.

Atakora is divided into the communes of Boukoumbé, Cobly, Kérou, Kouandé, Matéri, Natitingou, Pehonko, Tanguiéta, and Toucountouna.

Major towns in the Atakora include Djougou, Natitingou and Tanguiéta, and famous sites to visit include the Tata Somba houses, the Pendjari National Park, and various waterfalls.

In 1999 the southern part of Atakora was split off to form the new Donga Department.

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