Togo Off The Beaten Path

  • The outskirts of Lome
    The outskirts of Lome
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  • The outskirts of Lome
    The outskirts of Lome
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  • The outskirts of Lome
    The outskirts of Lome
    by georeiser

Togo Off The Beaten Path

  • Yam

    Allover Togo and other parts of West Africa, yams hold one of the greatest esteem of all the food products and are carefully integrated into the social, cultural, economic and religious aspects of life. A high status is given to this vegetable, and traditional ceremonies still accompany its production. Yam comes in various colours, from white...

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  • Fonio

    Fonio is the smallest of all millet species. Not only nutritious, it is also one of the fastest growing cereals, reaching maturity in six to eight weeks. Fonio is used to make couscous, bread, porridge and beer.

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  • Cassava

    Also known as the manioc, cassava is grown for its large, starch-filled root. It is extensively cultivated as an annual crop throughout Africa, and in every village you can see the ladies pounding the cassava to make fufu – the staple carbohydrate of West Africa. There are many other ways of eating cassava too, including boiled and fried, but the...

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  • Millet

    Millet is grass-like grain grown throughout Togo for use as food for humans and animals. Millet is separated from the husks by beating it hard and repeatedly with a stick, then washed, toasted and dried. It can then be eaten more or less as it is, just boiled with water (used as an accompaniment to meat in the same way as rice may be used), flour...

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  • Sorghum

    Sorghum is a cultivated grass grown for grain and is well adapted to growth in hot, arid or semi-arid areas. It is used for food (couscous, flour and porridge mainly), making alcohol (in West Africa sorghum is used to make the local version of Guiness) as well as animal fodder

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  • Papaya

    The papaya (or pawpaw) fruit grows straight from the trunk of the tall papaya tree. The tree originates from Mexico, but is grown all over Togo and West Africa. Although very tasty and popular in the west too, papaya is not at innocuous as it first seems. When unripe, the fruit releases a latex fluid which can cause an allergic reaction to your...

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  • The baobab tree

    The Baobab Tree. Also popularly known as the Upside-Down-Tree. Some places it is also known as the Monkey Bread Tree. One of the great wonders of Africa, and one of my lasting memories from this continent. It is such a versatile tree, with many uses both for nature and man. The tree is capable of storing huge amounts of water in its trunk – up to...

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  • Bush burning

    It is common in many parts of West Africa, not just in Togo, for the villagers to burn away part of the undergrowth to encourage the regeneration of new life. This helps in the feeding of wild and domestic animals. We came across huge flames in places, and I did wonder if they ever got out of control. Be careful when walking through the burnt...

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  • Voodoo Experience

    Once you reach Togoville, you will be welcomed by the tourist committe there, first go and see the Church built by germans in 1910 and visited by POPE JEAN-PAUL II. then u will definitly notice the small clay statues of Voodoo Gods everywhere. u can even visit the high priestess for consultancy.just try to make deals about how much to pay before...

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  • Relax and enjoy the view on Lac Togo

    if you take the maritime road towards the Borders of Benin. you will arrive there in about 35-45 mins. a small hotel located on the lake serving food and drinks, just sit and relax or dip into the small pool. you can even have a quick visit to the nearby Togoville

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  • Crossing the Benin border (Nadoba to...

    The cross border road from Nadoba to Boukoumbé (Benin) is about 10 km. long (2 hrs. walk) and passes through very scenically lush and quiet land, with several traditional houses and farms.There’s no checkpoint at the actual border that is reputedly only marked by a Baobab tree but you need to report at the police station in Boukoumbé to fulfil...

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  • Staying overnight in Nadoba

    As the Beninese town of Boukoumbé was still quite far, and I was having a very enjoyable time on the market, I decided to stay for the night in Nadoba, at the local guesthouse annex bar annex (as I discovered later) disco.Just when I made up for a very boring evening alone with no electricity, no friends, no English speakers, one after the other...

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  • The Nadoba Wednesday Market

    The colourful Wednesday market in Nadoba is a regional highlight and supplied me the nicest day of my stay in Togo. Not because of its size, but because of it’s rural charm. It had a really cosy and friendly atmosphere, but is full of activity. Farmers from all around the border region, some in traditional dresses, come here to trade, but...

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  • Nadoba Village

    Maybe the best possibility for independent travellers, who seek to be invited in a traditional homestead instead of risking a disappointment, is to take a Wednesday bush taxi to Nadoba Village, mingle with people at the local market and hope for an invitation. If that doesn’t happen you can see some of these traditional castle homes around Nadoba...

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  • Visiting a traditional home in the...

    Actually I was happy that the bushtaxi couldn’t continue across the bridge and we had to go on foot, because I befriended one of the others who got stranded, who later invited me to take a look in their “fortress”.Which was really great since I read quite some reviews of tourists being treated less nicely when they wanted to visit a homestead like...

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  • How to reach the Tamberma Valley

    You can reach the Valley from a junction at Kandé Village about an hour north of Kara along the International Highway. If you come on Wednesdays, for sure you’ll find a bushtaxi to Nadoba, a village 25 km. towards the Togo-Benin border following a dirt road. Vehicles can only pass during dry season though, as I found out!Just 15 minutes out of...

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  • The Tamberma Valley

    The very scenic landscapes and the spectacular local architecture are reasons enough to visit the somewhat isolated Tamberma Valley.The homesteads (called “tata’s”) are spread out all over the valley and look like little castles. Made of mud, 2 storeys high, complete with thick walls and towers (used for storage of millet – the staple food) and...

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