Ganvie - Benin
With a population of 20,000 people, Ganvie is a lake village located on the northern edge Lake Nokoue. Established in the 16th century by the Tofinu people, it is now the largest lake village in Africa. The village was strategically built on the lake to evade capture by rival Fon warriors, whose religion forbade them from advancing on people dwelling in waters.
Traditionally, the main industry in the area is farming and fishing. In more recent years, the villages popularity has also seen a rise in tourism to the area.