Ganvié is a village in Benin (West Africa) lying in Lake Nokoué, near Cotonou. It's village build completely on the lake waters. Its population is around 20,000 people and it is probably the largest lake village in Africa.
The village was established in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries by the Tofinu people. It was founded on the lake as a protection against the Dahomey's kingdom - it was a slave trading tribe and religion forbade the Dahomey’s Fon warriors from entering water, therefore the lagoon was a safe territory for other tribes.