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Why visit Togo, this unusual little country?

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From Lomé, the capital, to the arid plains of the North, a stay in Togo guarantees a authentic and exotic journey. Why visit Togo? To take an African trip off the beaten track!

Why visit Togo?

Independent since 1960, Togo experienced a period of economic prosperity until the end of the 1980s before a hardening of the regime in power until the mid-90s. Since then, the Togolese economy is slowly rebuilding itself, with the capital, Lomé as the main engine. Located on the edge of the Gulf of Guinea, Lomé, with its international airport, marks the starting point of a stay in Togo. To enjoy the country, you usually have to travel to the north before returning to your starting point.





Take a walk to visit Lomé

The best way to discover Lomé and start your vacation in Togo is to walk through the many streets of the capital, where the activity is very dense. Why not start with the markets? A good way to understand life in Togo! For sleeping, the capital has hotels of varying quality and different accommodation structures. Kinds of guest rooms allow you to spend several nights in Togo for not too expensive.

Visit the South of Togo by taxi

Why visit Togo and especially the south of the country? Because it is bordered by banana and coconut trees! Landscapes that can be admired by heading towards Kpémé east of Lomé along the coast. A good way to get around Togo is to take taxis that connect the different cities.. Travelers can also take shared taxis or minibuses which have the advantage of offering a price fixed in advance. Renting a car in Togo is quite expensive as a 4 × 4 vehicle is usually required.





The green plateaus of Kpalimé

For the third stage of this stay in Togo, direction Kpalimé, in the heart of the natural region of the Plateaux. Its landscapes are renowned for being the most beautiful in Togo with its green hills and dizzying waterfalls. Not far away is Mont Agou, the highest point in Togo and the perfect opportunity for hiking. And why not push to the Kpalimé region? It produces the majority of Togolese coffee and cocoa production, typical plantations of the region that can be seen along the roads.

Banana tree

Eat and drink in Togo

The multiple steps that one takes during a stay in Togo are all opportunities to discover the local culture and food. Togolese cuisine uses a lot of cereals such as corn to make pancakes (ablo, akoumé dough) or bean-based preparations to accompany meats and fish. As for drinks, you should avoid drinking tap water as much as possible, at least outside the big cities. Tablets can be used to purify water or to consume bottled beverages.

Pratical information

  • Saint-Martin Tourist Office : discover the website of the Togo tourism office
  • Passport and visa : a passport valid for 6 months after the trip as well as a visa are required to enter Togo. The visa can be bought at the airport, when arriving in Togo. To do this, you must bring your outward and return plane tickets, as well as 2 identity photos.
  • Money and change : the current currency in Togo is the CFA Franc.
  • Vaccin : the vaccine against yellow fever is compulsory. The vaccination record may also be required when entering the territory.
  • When to go? Togo enjoys a tropical climate. In addition, the country stretching over 700km in length, there are different climates. A good time to visit Togo: November, December, January and February to have a dry climate without heat waves.

Transports

  • Getting to Togo: Gnassingbé Eyadéma international airport is located around Lomé. It is located 7km north of the capital and receives the majority of international flights.
  • Getting around Togo: it is possible to rent a car to get around Togo, even if it is quite expensive. To reach the big cities, it is better to use collective taxis or minibuses.
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