Togo Things to Do

  • International museum of Golf of Guinea
    International museum of Golf of Guinea
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  • International museum of Golf of Guinea
    International museum of Golf of Guinea
    by lotharscheer
  • International museum of Golf of Guinea
    International museum of Golf of Guinea
    by lotharscheer

Togo Things to Do

  • VISA AT THE BORDER

    Most passport holders can get a visa on arrival at main border points. The border between Aflao in Ghana and Cononou is open between 6m and 10pm. The visa is 10,000 CFA. No photo was required. Just cash in CFA.At the Aflao Border you are essentially in Contonou when you walk through the border. A Taxi-Moto will take you to you hotel for 250-300...

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  • Beaches

    Le Ramatou & Robinson's Plage:Both resorts are located near the port of Lomé. Because it's off the main road, you would need to take a taxi to take you all the way to resorts. You need to bargain very well, other wise they will over charge you.

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  • Visit Dzogbegan Monastery

    The village of Dzogbegan is on the Danyi Plateau in South Western Togo. About an hour by car from Kpalime, we arranged for our guide, Guillaume from the ARPV (see previous tip), to take us to the Monastery as a day trip from Kpalime.The drive up to the Plateau is spectacular, with view great views down to Kpalime and beyond.The Monastery itself is...

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  • Hike in the Hills Around Kpalime

    We hired a guide (Guillaume from the Association des Randonneurs et Passiones de VTT - ARPV) to show us around during two days in Kpalime and the surrounding area. The ARPV is one of the many eco tourism associations in the area that can provide activities and guided tours.Guillaume was a knowledgeable and engaging guide and did not charge the...

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  • Pirogue Ride to Togoville

    Pirogues ply their leisurely way across Lac Togo from Agbodrafo to Togoville and back all day. There are many more (and busier) boats during market days - we were there on a Tuesday. The busy public pirogues run from Agbodrafo village, but as we were staying at Hotel le Lac, we hired a one at the hotel for CFA5000 for two people return. I imagine...

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  • Lome Beach

    The lengthy beach in Lome is a very attractive site once you get over the main Ghana-Benin highway that runs all along the coast.Beach bars are located towards the western end of the beach towards the Ghana border, and are a pleasant spot to spend a few hours having a cold Flag beer and watching the world go by.Bathing is not recommended due to the...

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  • International Museum of the Gulf of...

    This small museum is a private concern run by the Swiss owner, Rene David. The museum is set in part of a beautiful house and is an oasis of calm and tranquility in Lome.Spread over a number of rooms and the lovely garden, the museum holds a largish collection of, primarily, statues, sculptures, carvings and pottery. The collection includes 2000...

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  • Locations Currently Closed in Togo

    The following places/hotels in Togo are currently closed:1. The Hotel 2 Fevrier in Lome is closed for refurbishment. You can't stay there, or access the building to use the bar or other facilities.2. The Parc National de Fazao-Malfakassa is closed until January 2011. Most guidebooks say that it opens mid to late November, but I phoned in advance of...

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  • Beach

    Now this beach looks beautiful with it's fine copper colored sand and palm trees. If the undertow doesn't kill you then it's use as a local toilet will. Unfortunately, the locals use it as their potty-ing ground but it still is worth a visit. Just about .3 kilometers from the Ghana border is the Lome beach. Only went there for a short time to say...

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  • VISIT CAPITAL LOME

    Lomé, with an estimated population of 737,751, is the capital and largest city of Togo. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, Lomé is the country's administrative and industrial center and its chief port. The city exports coffee, cocoa, copra, and palm kernels. It also has an oil refinery.

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  • VISIT MOUNTAIN TOWN KPALIME

    NICE SMALL TOWN IN THE TOGOLESE MOUNTAINS ...YOU CAN HIKE UP TO MT.KLOUTO FROM HERE..POOR NIGHT LIFT.BUT NICE PLACE TO STROLL AROUND DURING THE DAY

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  • The Nature

    If you like the beach, the tropical forest, the savana,...the nature, Togo is the right cheap place to go.We arrive in the capital Lomè , not much nice, and after go to visit Kpalimè, Kara e Nadoba.In the forest there are many locations to go, Mount Kluoto , Mount Agou, beautiful place where the people live in a small village in the mount thanks to...

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  • A trip to Togoville

    A very original visit to be had here. See the first house of Togoville and the house where the peace treaty was signed by king Mlapa III and the German Nachtigal in 1884. A visit can be made to the church where Jean-Paul II made a benediction in 1985. It is unknown if he noticed the two village fetishes with their rather large sexual attributes....

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  • Lome Beach

    The coastline of Lome is worth visiting. It's very beatiful with yellow sand and palmtrees all over.

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  • Lome Beach

    The coastline of Lome is worth visiting. It's very beatiful with yellow sand and palmtrees all over.

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  • Vodoun ceremony

    Vodoun is a religion that can trace its roots back at least 6,000 years; some sources claim 10,000. Vodoun devotees believe that everyone has a soul which is made up of two parts: a gros bon ange or "big guardian angel", and a ti bon ange or "little guardian angel". The ‘little angel’ is the one that leaves the body when the Loa possess the dancers...

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  • Kotokoli ethnic group

    The name Kotokoli comes from koto kolim which means to give and take back again, and refers to their reputation for a somewhat underhand trade dealings. Their proper term temba comes from the fact that they speak the tem language. There are about 200,000 Kotokoli in Togo, mostly around the area of Sokode. The village of Djendi which we visited, was...

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  • Niamtougou Market

    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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  • Kara Market

    The was nothing extraordinary about Kara market that stands it aside from many other markets in West Africa, but it was still a pleasant place to while away and hour or two. The market was divided into sections, and each section sold similar types of goods. Tomatoes in one place, yams in another. Household goods together and also car parts. Etc etc...

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  • Taberma Valley

    This area, known as Koutammakou, is home to the Taberma ethnic group, whose name means good builder. There are 37 different ethnic groups in Togo, of which the Taberma are one minority who live in the north of Togo and neighbouring Benin. They are famous for their unique architecture.Each compound consists of tall towers connected by high walls,...

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  • Kabye ethnic group

    The Kabye people are a small ethnic minority group of Togo, accounting for about 12% of the population. They are found mainly in the north of the country, in the region around Kara. They are most noted for their agriculture and farming. The last two presidents of Togo came from the Kabye group, something which has seen an increase in aid and...

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  • Bassar Royal Palace

    Bassar is the seat of the Bassar King, and just outside the town, up a small dirt track, you can find the Royal Palace. The lion used a decoration on the outside walls symbolises power. The role of the king is to look after the land and sort out problems. People would come to the king to ask advice about intermarriage between tribes. His Kingdom...

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  • day of luxury

    a terrific thing to do when you are worn out, tired, full of dust or whatever, is take a day off at the swimming pool of the Hotel Mercure (ex-Sarakawa) in Lomé. An idyllic setting, probably the best pool in West Africa. It will cost you 3000,00 cfa for the day, including a towel but well worth it.

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  • lake togo

    A short day out from Lomé takes you to Lake Togo, about 30 km.In a superb setting you can sit and eat at the Auberge du Lac and really watch the world go by( or perhaps a few fishermen). Even better late afternoon to sip a cold beer and watch the sun go down.

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  • visit the Tamberma people

    A must do visit in Togo!!Although almost 500 km. from Lomé, a very worthwhile trip is to visit the Tamberma people near Kandé on the road to Burkina Faso. These people live in almost stone-age conditions in a beautiful valley setting. Their houses, called "tatas" are built like small castles with quarters for the animals downstairs and the living...

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  • The french cultural center

    if u r into this kind of thing, u wanna check this place, offering small music concerts, plays, cinema club abd exibitions. when i was there it orginized the Music festival that took place in several spots for a whole week

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  • Going to the beach

    only few place r available where u can go to the beach. one of the best places is Coco beach, a few kilometers after the port. it's one of the few safe place to swim and there is a french restaurant. u can also spend the night, after all it's a hotel.

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  • Marche de Feticheurs in Lome

    We visited the fetish market in the afternoon at the hottest time of the day. So we were the only two visitors at that moment. The guide first looked for an umbrella to protect himself against the sunshine before he started his explanation of all the strange objects we saw at the stalls. We had to bargain a lot to get down the asked price of 20 $...

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  • Lome, Marche de Feticheurs

    Lome is the capital of Togo with about 675.000 inhabitants. Except the major supermarkets, banks, internetcafes and the national museum, we visited, you can go to the north-east part of the town, to a very peculiar market, the fetish market or Marche de Feticheurs with about 20 stalls with all kind of traditional medicined and objects for voodoo...

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  • Fetish priest or doctor

    At the Marche de Feticheurs you can also have a consult of the fetish priest or doctor.At the moment of our visit he was on a trip to Benin, but his son was around and could do the ceremony.If you want to buy a traditional medicine and be assured of its effect, the doctor or priest has first to bless the object in a special ceremony. So you can buy...

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  • Ever seen so many heaped crocodiles?

    At one of the stalls of the Marche de Feticheurs in Lome we saw dozens of mummified crocodile-heads. Don't ask me for what these heads or the other mummified animals are used. At the moment we visited the market there were only a few other tourists around a the moment we were ready to leave the place.So we didn't see any business of customers.

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  • Objects at the fetish market

    At the fetish market or Marche de Feticheurs you can find the most peculiar objects for voodo practice and as traditional medicines.So we saw a lot of skulls, bones, skin, teeth and mummies of all kind of animals.On one of the stalls we found also a lot of shields of turtles. Our guide tried to explain what the use and strength is of all the...

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  • Kara: heartland of the Kabye people

    Kara (pop. 50000) is a relaxed, somewhat boring town some 400 km. north of Lomé, a great place for a stopover or as a base for excursions to nearby hills and villages.For me Kara was nothing more than a pleasant stopover on my way to Benin via the Tamberma Valley and I remember the place mostly for a long conversation (in German) with a local...

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  • Robinson’s Plage near Lomé

    One of the few places where it’s safe to swim and more common to sunbath is the stretch of beach just outside town around the Robinson’s Resort. About 50 meters from the shore is a barrier that breaks the currents, which makes swimming safe. The resort has a private beach, bar and restaurant. Expatriates mention this as the best beach in Togo, but...

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  • The beach of Lomé, especially on Sundays

    Lomé lies right at the sea and its boulevard is lined with rows of palm trees and accompanied by a beautiful wide beach.Sunbathing (in swimsuits) is uncommon here and swimming dangerous due to the strong currents, but it’s a great place to socialize and enjoy the cool breeze and great views. On nice Sunday afternoons thousands of people gather here...

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  • Is the Marché des Féticheurs a tourist...

    Some may regard the fetish market as a tourist trap for the way the market fellows are pushing you to spend money, but it is not as bad as the $9 that the Lonely Planet writer apparently paid. After strong bargaining I ended up spending $0,75 for a self appointed but otherwise quite useful guide, $2 for the fetish priest (doctor) who sold me a...

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  • Lomé: Marché des Féticheurs

    This highly unusual market is a must see for those with interest in all kinds of ingredients for voodoo practise and traditional medicines. You can have a consult with the fetish doctor as well, if you like…The trade of the 20 something stalls largely consists of mummified animals, animal skins, primate and other skulls and such things like voodoo...

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  • Lomé: The capital city of Togo

    The Togolese capital Lomé (pop. ca. 700.000) is a vibrant and rather pleasant city – for a capital city – to spend a couple of days.On arrival I took a moto taxi ($0,30 for a ride in the centre) to the cosy French owned Auberge de Gaulion. Rooms (s/c) here are run down and cost $8, but is otherwise a great place to have some drinks and a decent...

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  • Kpalimé: cool climate and great scenery!

    The town of Kpalimé is situated near the beautiful hills that form the border with Ghana and is a good base for excursions out of town.I had crossed the border with Ghana on purpose near Kpalimé; the descriptions in the guidebooks were appealing a lot. But I forgot to realise that this range of hills was exactly the same as the one in Ghana where I...

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  • Bordercrossing Wli (Ghana) – Yikpa Dafo...

    If you plan to visit Ghana’s Volta Region and also the hills of Western Togo around Kpalimé, – then this minor bordercrossing might be a nice option!The borderposts are located along a road that traverses the very scenic Agumatsu “mountain” range. You reach the Ghanaian checkpoint after about 10 minutes by foot, coming from the Ghanaian village of...

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  • Lome's seafront

    It's very unlikely that you'll miss this, since the seafront is such a spectacular part of Lome. The road that takes you into the capital from either Ghana or Benin goes right along the sea, and you have a wonderful view of the water across the Bight of Benin (whatever that may be). Sometimes, the view can be a little spoiled by the ships ploughing...

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  • Playing kids

    Like everywhere in Africa we saw a lot of playing kids at the road-side.When our truck was passing by, most of the time the children stopped their play and had a very curious look at those white strangers.

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  • Wood and charcoal

    At the road-side of the main road from the south to the north we saw these wood- and charcoalsellers. We made a stopp for buying some wood for our brousse-kitchen.I always like these stops for buying the essentials like wood and water.

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  • Keran National Park

    The road from Sokode to Dapaong pass the Keran National Park. it's the main road from the south to the north.It's forbidden to make a stop in the park. We didn't see much wildlife, only this animal, a deer.....See: tourist trap tip.

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  • South-west: beautifull hills and forest

    In the south-west and mid-west of Togo are beautifull hills, forests and waterfalls.You can visit Badou or Fazao-Malfacassa National Park.Badou is in the heart of the cacao-area, 88 KM west from Atakpame. You can also reach Badou from the ghanaian border, like we did, but it's not easy to find the border station from the Ghanaian side.From Badou...

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