Ganvie is a lake village located in Benin, Africa, on Lake Nokoué near Cotonou. With a population of around 20,000 people, it is probably Africa's largest lake village and is very popular with tourists. The village was founded in the sixteenth or seventeenth century by the Tofinu people who went to the lake to avoid the Fund fighters who seized slaves for sale to European merchants. Ganvie peasants who made the shallow waters and islands of Lake Nokoue into a sanctuary are often referred to as "water men" and the area itself is often called the "Venice of Africa". Originally based on farming, the village's main industries other than tourism are now fishing and fish farming. Wooden boats are the only means of transportation to and from the village.