TOGO TRAVEL GUIDE
Togo, a West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages. Koutammakou, inhabited by the Batammariba people, is a traditional settlement of fortress-like clay huts dating to the 17th century.
Togo is probably one of the nicest places in Western Africa. Roads are pretty good, distances small, beaches sandy and white, people-friendly, hills and mountains waiting to be explored. What else do you need? The capital city, Lomé is an excellent place to start your trip. Lots of day-trips can be made to Togoville on the borders of Lake Togo or Aneho.
When you go north Kpalime and its beautiful hilly surroundings deserve a visit; trekking and hiking in the area are wonderful. Continue further north if you are into hiking. Kara is the place to go. Nearby is Tamberma Valley which has an intriguing castle-like structure known as Tatas. The national parks of Fazao and Keran offer good opportunities to view wildlife.
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TOGO QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Lomé
- Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)
- Area: 56,785 km2
- Population: 7,889 million (2018)
- Language: French (official and the language of commerce), Ewe and Mina (the two major African languages in the south)
- Religion: Indigenous beliefs 51%, Christian 29%, Muslim 20%
- Electricity: 127-220/50 Hz (European plug)
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TOGO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 13 January, Liberation Day
- 27 April, Independence Day
- 21 June, Martyrs’ Day
- 15 August, Assumption
- 1 November, All Saints Day
Also, Easter Monday, Ascension, Whit Monday, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
TOGO WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Togo's climate varies from tropical to savanna. The southern part of the country is humid, with temperatures ranging from 23°C to 32°C. In the north, temperature fluctuations are greater—from 18°C to more than 38°C. Rainfall in the south of the country comes in the form of two seasons: the first between April and July and the second between September and November. The dry desert winds of the Hamattan blow south between November to March, bringing cooler, drier weather, and periodic droughts to the north of the country.
HEALTH RISKS IN TOGO
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.