Togo Travel Guide

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Togo Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lovely people 

  • Con
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     Humidity, political instability 

  • In a nutshell
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     Nice beach, very corrupt (in many cases cheap) 

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Lome

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87,408,4

Agbodrafo

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15,91,0

Aneho

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4,27,0

Sokode

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3,12,0

Togoville

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2,8,0

Paratao

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13,46,0

Lassa

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17,70,0

Kara

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7,32,0

Kante

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19,54,0

Bassar

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8,9,0

Kpalime

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1,1,0

Kouadangou

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21,62,0

Djandje

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8,26,0

Attitogon

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18,120,0

Lome

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  • THE CURRENCY OF TOGO

    Lome Local Customs

    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...

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  • Hotel Napoleon Lagune

    Lome Hotels

    It’s a long story. I made a reservation with this hotel, then forgot and didn’t stay here. I wish I...

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  • FAKE MCDONALDS

    Lome Restaurants

    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.

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Agbodrafo

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  • The family in Agbodrafo

    Agbodrafo Favorites

    A family was sitting outside their house and prepared a dinner when I walked by their house. I was invited inside to see a newborn baby.

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  • Bush taxi (taxi-brousse)

    Agbodrafo Transportation

    Bush taxis (taxi-brousse) to Agbodrafo can be found at the autogare in the Grand Marche (Big market of Lomè). Just state your destination and you will be pointed to the next bush taxi. You will have to wait until the taxi is full of passengers before it leaves. So be prepared to wait. The trip to Agbodrafo takes 1-2 hours, and the fare should be...

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  • Vodoo in Agbodrafo

    Agbodrafo Things to Do

    Agbodrafo is today one of the voodoo strongholds in Africa where traditions, beliefs and superstitions are a way of life. Witchcraft, wicca and other rituals items can be seen along the streets all over the town. The place is genuine and the voodoo rituals are real.

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Aneho

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  • Aného town

    Aneho Favorites

    Aneho is the border town against Benin in the maritime region of the southeastern Togo. The town is also known under the name "Little Popo", and was earlier a Portuguese slave market. It became the first German capital of Togo in the 1880's before the capital was transferred to Lomé in 1897. The town's main industries are farming and fishing.The...

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  • "Little Popo" and "Grand Popo"

    Aneho Favorites

    Notice the the Frontiere Togo-Benin signboard has a H.I.V warning. It might be confusing to understand how Aneho can be the border town to Benin when it is "far away" to the border. But if you look closer to the map you will see a very narrow strip of land on the Benin side, called "Grand Popo". Aneho, which was named "Little Popo" is on the Togo...

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Sokode

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  • Attend the local Fire Dance

    Sokode Nightlife

    The Fire Dance was held in a clearing in the small village of Tinadou, just outside Kparatoa, some miles from Sokode. There was a large sign at the roadside advertising the dance. Villagers from many nearby settlement came to witness the show, as well as us 15 tourists. The dance takes place round about a month after the festival of cutlasses. The...

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  • Slow but good

    Sokode Restaurants

    As usual, the restaurant staff encouraged us to order the set menu. We obliged. I am all for an easy life. We were glad we did. The starter was a very nice vegetable soup, and the main course of Pork Escalope, was the best meat we had in West Africa. The menu said rice as an accompaniment, but by special request, we received chips! Dessert was...

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Togoville

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  • The cathedral

    Togoville Things to Do

    The cathedral stands out among everything else in Togoville, so you won't have trouble finding it. This German built church has some nice stained glass and rather grisly murals inside..definitely worth a look.

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  • Taking the boat to Togoville

    Togoville Transportation

    Boats leave from Agbo dock when they fill up with people. I paid 3000CFA($6) for the ride, which was arranged by the guy from my hotel...you might pay more doing it alone. Be warned the boat guy will hassle you for a tip on the ride back....not all of the other Togolese passengers, just you the foreigner.

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Paratao

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  • Fire Dance - don't try this at home...

    Paratao Things to Do

    Don’t try this at home kids! I don’t know how they do it, nor do I really want to know. I enjoyed the show for what it was, even thought it made me cringe. It does, however, reinforce my respect for fire! Don’t play with flames at home – it may look harmless, but it is not! Leave it to those who know what they are doing. Only a few people in the...

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  • Fire Dance - it's all kids' play

    Paratao Things to Do

    Aspect # 9: I could not bear to look at this, let alone take photographs, so I’m afraid there is just one lone picture from the aftermath. As he would do with himself, the dancer would pick up a handful of broken glass and rub it all over a young child, including into his eyes. I shiver just at the thought of it as I am writing this.

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  • Fire Dance - in the palm of his hand

    Paratao Things to Do

    Aspect # 8: Holding the fire in the palm of his hand, it looked from where I was sitting that the dancer’s hand was on fire. He must have covered hisskin with something to stop him feeling the heat and the pain.

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Lassa

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  • Blacksmiths

    Lassa Things to Do

    In Togo, blacksmith is not just any old trade; it is a very special trade. Blacksmiths are special, different, extraordinary people, as if they are from a totally different society, and are almost revered like semi-gods. You cannot just set yourself up as a blacksmith, you have to belong to the secret society where everyone knows everyone else. We...

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  • Sorghum

    Lassa Restaurants

    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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  • Mosaic pavement

    Lassa Things to Do

    Unique to the Kabye people is the tradition of using broken pieces of pottery as ornamentation on the floor of their courtyards. It is basically a single colour mosaic making patterns on the floor. It is very decorative, but the pictures don’t do it justice as it was such bright sunlight.

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Kara

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  • A shady place for Christmas Lunch

    Kara Restaurants

    We stopped just outside Kara at this restaurant for lunch on our way through (having stayed in Kara a couple of nights previously) from Taberma Valley south. It was a pleasant little spot to stop and they readily agreed to us cooking our own food and using their premises, providing we bought drinks. Cool. Daniel (the chef) cooked us goat and rice...

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  • Kara market - goats

    Kara Things to Do

    In another section, not far from the dead animal part, was the area where they sold live goats. They were crammed in rather tight and making a lot of noise. Perhaps they’d seen the fate of their fellow animals in the butcher section?

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  • Kara market - meat

    Kara Things to Do

    Inside one of the large halls, was the butcher section. Huge slabs on meat lay on solid concrete counters. The meat didn’t look bad, but it also did not look like the same quality as I would get in the supermarket back home. It did not smell though, as I have experienced in other meat markets, and there were very few flies. One sight that did amuse...

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Kante

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  • Small souvenirs

    Kante Shopping

    This was one of the very few places in Togo where I saw souvenirs for sale openly. The villagers make these items themselves, and I hope the whole village get to benefit from the sale of these small clay figures. We bought a miniature Takienta as a gift for a friend, but it did not travel well and was in several pieces when it arrived at its...

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  • Claustrophobia

    Kante Warnings and Dangers

    Suffering from claustrophobia, I didn’t like entering the main door backwards, and I refused to go in to the small rooms atop the terrace. The entrance is fairly tight and the inside is small, dark and has a low roof. Do not enter if you don’t like enclosed spaces!

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  • Ancestral worship

    Kante Local Customs

    As animists, the Taberma people worship their ancestors, and each of these cones represents the spirits of one of the forbearers. Sacrifices are performed atop the cones from time to time.

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Bassar

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  • The village of the Blackmiths

    Bassar Things to Do

    In the village of Nangbani, outside Bassar, we went to see this handful of preserved iron blast furnaces from 1850. It is not so much the age of the furnaces, nor is it the style of construction, that makes them interesting, it is the fact that blacksmiths are pivotal in the Togolese culture. Only post-menopausal women were allowed to collect the...

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  • The Royal Tombs

    Bassar Things to Do

    Behind the palace is a courtyard surrounded by the houses of the king’s wives amongst other sacred buildings. The late king is buried in this courtyard. He chose the burial spot himself before he died. The mound has a small hole in it to allow air in so that the king’s spirit can breathe and so that he can look out and check how his kingdom is...

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  • Ostrich Eggs

    Bassar Things to Do

    The ostrich egg on the top of the thatched roof of the palace buildings is placed there to protect the royal family against evil spirits.

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Kpalime

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    This is a road?!?!?

    by niamey00 Written Jan 15, 2004

    Coming off the mountains above Kpalime, our map showed a short cut to the Badou road, that would cut off several kilometers, plus we wouldn't have to go through Kpalime again. We checked with some locals, and the said yeah, the road connects with the main road. Well, it started out ok, but soon ended up a small creek through the fields. We eventually did make it through in our trusty Peugot 504 though!

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Kouadangou

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  • Natural Jewllery

    Kouadangou Local Customs

    Here you can see an elderly local lady wearing a precious stone in her chin. This is a local tradition, but we only saw the older women with this. The stones can be removed and is there purely for decoration.

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  • Shrines

    Kouadangou Things to Do

    Outside the shrines were a number of clay mounds, each representing a shrine dedicated to the ancestors. The Bassamba, being animists, worship their ancestors and sacrifices will take place atop each of the shrines for special occasions. The larger shrines represent village chiefs and elders, and the smaller mounds, little children who may have...

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  • Sacrifice

    Kouadangou Local Customs

    The word sacrifice comes from an old English expression “to make sacred”, and sacrifice is part of everyday life in rural Ghana. Sacrifice is basically making an offering in the form of food, drink or an animal to appease the gods and is used in traditional religions all over the world. We saw evidence of chickens being sacrificed, as well as...

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Djandje

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  • Marriage tradition

    Djandje Local Customs

    The Kotokoli marriage traditions dictate that parents arrange the union whilst the ‘bride and groom’ are still very, very young. The marriage cannot take place until the groom has proved himself by working on the bride’s farm for a while and he (or his family) must pay a hefty dowry. The legalisation of the marriage is complete after the bride’s...

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  • Beautification

    Djandje Local Customs

    The Kotokoli people, just like the neighbouring Fulani, value beauty amongst their people. It is said that the Fulani are amongst the most beautiful people in the world, but having seen the Kotokoli, I will argue that there is a strict competition here! Especially the lady in blue on the photograph, her features are exquisite (can I say that as a...

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  • Kola nuts

    Djandje Local Customs

    The Kotokoli are hardworking people and they use kola nuts to stay awake to be able to work in the fields after only 4-5 hours sleep. The kola nuts are obviously used very much in the same way as we would use recreational drugs in the West, but for labour purposes rather than pleasure!

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Attitogon

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  • The chief and the Priest

    Attitogon Things to Do

    The chief is seated by the side of the clearing in which the dancing takes place. Next to him is the fetish (or vodoun) priest. As part of the ritual, the faithful will greet the priest, partly to show respect, and partly to ask for favours, advice, treatment of illnesses, spiritual guidance or help with their problems. The priest will, through...

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  • More misconceptions

    Attitogon Things to Do

    There are also an awful lot of misconceptions that vodoun originated in Haiti. Yes, it is the state religion in Haiti, but it was brought there by the slaves from West Africa during the French colonial time. I was quite perturbed to find that most web sites I found were devoted to vodoun in Haiti, in fact some did not even mention West Africa, when...

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  • Where are all the men?

    Attitogon Things to Do

    Most of the dancing was done by women. A couple of hours into the ritual, a couple of young lads did get up to join and, much to the approval of everyone present. There was much cheering and clapping and they seemed to be rather embarrassed by all the attention. They didn’t last very long though, and soon went to sit down again, leaving the dance...

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