It’s a long story. I made a reservation with this hotel, then forgot and didn’t stay here. I wish I...more
A very nice, comfortable/upper class hotel with amazing swimming pool. Staff very helpful....more
Hotel Ibis is old, but still represents the best among the hotels in Lome. Price is approx. 75 €more
This is a somewhat famous imitation of the world famous McDonald’s restaurants. They serve burgers and soft drinks as you can probably guess. They even imitate the famous ‘arch’. I am guessing that trademark laws are not strong in Togo. So if you have a need for fast food and a photo opportunity – here you are.more
The African restaurant "Free Time" is located at the southwest end of Boulevard du 13 Janvier. There are 3-4 other outdoor African restaurants in this block along the boulevard, but they are all best known as "Fifty-Fifty", named after the first restaurant. However Free Time Bar Restaurant had the best food. This was my favorite eating place due to...more
Restaurant Le Triskell is among the finest french restaurants in Lomè. Their speciality is typical french cuisine, pasta and pizza made in a stone oven. The restaurant is inside a garden with some animals in a cage. Also a big turtle was in the pool beside the tables. The prices are high to be in an African country.Ne Dites, Plus Eau, Dites.more
I liked this place. It a brand new, locally owned, beer bar. A very good beer bar. First of all they sell huge bottles of Flag Spéciale (65cl/22fl oz) for less than other bars sell the 33cl (11fl oz) bottles. Ice cold, massive, cheap beers. You are liking this place already aren’t you? It is a large ‘L’ shape and open plan. So you can sit there and...more
For some reason Le Rézo calls itself a Jazz Bar, but only has a Jazz night on Thursdays. And that could be interrupted by European Football (soccer) depending on the match. Having said that – it is live Jazz. They also have different DJ’s in so you could find a variety of music if you visit more than once. I stopped by right after opening at 10am...more
Looking for the newest club in Lomé? Odonglo means 'lizard', so you can come and drink like a reptile, and get wild. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Cyrille, who was amazingly welcoming and very happy to invite all VT Memebers! They were still in his first week of operations during my visit. Odonglo is completely new, with amazing...more
A lot of motorcycle taxis are cruising around in Lomé. Just make a "psst sound", and the nearest moto-taxi will stop. Just say where you are going and settle the price. To ride them expect to pay anything from 200 to 400 CFA (less than 1 USD). But make sure you have the exact amount of money. Most of them will not change. To be a passenger on a...more
The Marox supermarket is fairly well stocked. They have plenty of canned goods, cold soft drinks, cold beers and larger items like oil and rice. They have a reasonable butcher counter and some very good sausages. You will also find very good local nuts (like cashews) sold inside recycled water bottles. They do not have a lot of kitchen gadgets, but...more
Le Champion is a massive grocery store that also sells household good, including appliances. The best part is that they sell postcard. Lomé is a very hard place to find postcards. You can buy them here for 300 CFA. Just ask for ‘Carte Postal’ and they are towards the left as you enter past the checkouts. Oddly they sell good postcards for Ghana as...more
The currency of Togo is the West African CFA Franc. You may see it written as "F CFA" and you will hear it pronounced "see-fuh" or "see-fah". Officially it is the Communaute Financiere Africaine (CFA) Franc issued by the Central Bank of the States of West Africa (BCEAO). If you are looking for the exchange rates for their currency you will need to look for the symbol “XOF”. The 8 countries that use this same currency make up the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and they are:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal and Togo.
The denominations are:
Coins 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 250, 500 francs
Banknotes 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 francs
Originally this currency was aligned with a parity value to the Euro – but this has slipped quite a bit. It is, however, externally convertibility as it is guaranteed by the French Treasury.
A few words of caution:
There is another CFA – issued by the Central Bank of the States of West Africa (BCEAO). It is called the Central African CFA Franc and you will see it listed as “XAF” in exchange rates. Theoretically they are exactly the same value, but the notes and coins are different. Don’t take Central African CFA from anyone. Also do not try and take any CFA home with you for exchange. Outside of Paris you may find it virtually impossible to exchange back.
Don’t expect to see to many 1 and 5 CFA coins. The 50-500 range of coins are extremely useful, especially when you haggle for prices. Try to only have 1000 and 2000 notes. 10,000 notes (about 15 Euro, $20) are a nightmare to get rid of.
Old notes that are falling to bits can still be used and people will accept them.
This is a very serious tip. There are some serious chances to break a leg or even serious injury walking around in Lomé. Many of the roads are really sand and/or dust. Even the paved roads have quite a bit of sand on top of them. So they are a bit of a trip hazard if you are walking around. The real dangers are around the storm drains. To be able...more
Togo is a dictatorship and most of the population want the President removed and replaced with a new selected President. But they fear him. Heavy armed soldiers follow the President wherever he goes (See pictures).You should avoid situation with police or soldiers as they might ask for a bribe. I did not go beside the President palace and I avoided...more
The poverty in Togo is extreme. There are pickpockets in crowded places like Grand Marché (the big market). The locals say you should carry your money in a smart way and be careful with your camera. Try to look determined. It can be dangerous to walk alone where there are few people. Dark streets should be avoided. Unlighted areas of the beach is a...more
Here's the deal....the fetish market is a fairly small area with tables displaying items such as dried lizards, animal skulls etc. As soon as you enter, you will be approached by the rip-off squad and asked for ridiculous admission fees. At first I was asked for 15,000 CFA($30)...when I gave the look of disgust, and after more refusals, the price came down..finally to 5,000($10), still too much, but they wouldn't budge. After I'd had enough of these buttholes, I turned and walked away while they tried to get me to come back. This market is a total sham!!
Unique Suggestions: My advice is don't go in the first place, but if you do, be ready to part with $10- $30 just to walk around and have a look at a bunch of crap that is only there for the sole purpose of fleecing tourists. There were no locals shopping for their voodoo supplies, just a dozen or so tourists getting ripped off.
Fun Alternatives: Go back to Accra for Christ's sake!! You came all the way to Lome for this bull...t??
20 minutes drive outside Lome is the life different and slower. It looks peaceful in the countryside.
Visa on arrival at Lome border will be issued for a 7 days stay. The price is 10000 CFA (15 USD). The immigration officer will give you an A4 declaration form. Fill it out and deliver it together with your passport and 10000 CFA. It's expensive to get the visa on advance in one of the embassies. Expect to pay more than 100 USD. So why do it when...more
Lome is the capital and largest city in Togo, with an estimated population of 900.000. Once claimed to be the Paris of West-Africa, but now one of Africa's least known cities. Lome has its charm with its broad boulevards and nice palm fringed beaches, but there are not many tourists left due to the political situation.The street scenes combines...more
The road from Ghana to the Togo border-runs first through the savannah, and then on a narrow strip of land between the ocean and the Volta Lake, before you enter the Aflao town. From there you have to walk across the border.When traveling overland with bus or car you have to get off at Aflao station in Ghana and walk the 300 meters to the border...more