Niamtougou Travel Guide

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Niamtougou Things to Do

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    by grets Written Mar 4, 2007

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    The only reason we stopped in Niamtougou was the market. It is a huge market selling everything from food through to household goods. It is a sprawling affair alongside the main road and down off one of the side roads. The order of the day it to negotiate a price if you want to buy something.

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Niamtougou Transportation

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    by grets Written Mar 4, 2007

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    The transport of choice, and sometimes the only transport available as we found out when we tried to get a taxi, is the motorbike. It really isn’t recommended in terms of safety – there are no helmets, the roads are full of potholes and however good your driver is, other road users take very little notice of motorbikes.

    If you must use them, haggle for the fare before you get on.

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Niamtougou Shopping

  • Fetish market

    Many markets in Togo had a section for fetishes. These are the items used in potions and for healing the sick, by the witchdoctors and witches in the area. I don’t pretend to understand, I just accept that this is the way it is here.

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  • Oil lamps

    It never ceased to amaze me how ingenuititive (I think I might just have made that word up) the local people are. I have said it several times: waste not want not. These oil lamps are fashioned from discarded food cans. Much cheaper than making them from ‘new’ metal and much more sustainable. We have a lot to learn from the African in the west!

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  • Toothbrushes

    This is probably a lot healthier than the western counterpart, as these natural toothbrushes are disposable and biodegradable. I didn’t actually try them, but did try some similar ones in Mali some years ago and they worked a treat! It just shows that you can still have impeccable personal hygiene without the modern trappings.

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Niamtougou Local Customs

  • African handbags

    This is the equivalent of the ubiquitous handbag in England or purse as it is known in the States. No self-respecting Togolese would be seen without one! Everything and anything is carried in these shallow metal bowls: shopping, sales goods, laundry, water, food…….the list is endless!

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  • Hats

    These enormous brimmed hats are peculiar to this area and help protect the market traders against the fierce sun. Not only does it shade their face and eyes, unlike other, smaller hats, it also shields their arms.

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