Togo tops the list when it comes to off-beat destinations in West Africa. The country’s stunning and diverse landscape coupled with its fusion of multiple cultures makes Togo a fascinating country to visit on your next trip.
Lome is the bustling capital of Togo which resembles a large town rather than a city. The low-key capital has an Atlantic coastline dotted with beaches and hotels. The Independence Monument, the National Museum and a few markets are the highlights of Lome. Lac Togo (also known as Lake Togo), a beautiful lagoon about 50km away from the city is a popular weekend getaway where you can either swim or go on a traditional canoe (also known as pirogue) ride. You can also relax on its sandy beach and watch the mesmerizing sunset.
In the northernmost region of the country lies the UNESCO world heritage listed area of Koutammakou. Its symbolic traditional fortress-like mud-houses are surrounded by a scenic mountain landscape. Koutammakou is home to the Tamberma people and this is why the area is also known as Tamberma Valley.
Togo is not a leading wildlife watching destination in Africa, but the country has its fair share of wildlife. Parc Sarakawa in Kara – the capital of Northern Togo is home to antelopes, buffaloes, ostriches and zebras.
Kpalime – located about 120km from Lome is an excellent destination for hikers and nature lovers. It has dense forests, valleys, waterfalls and mountainous terrain which offer great hiking trails strewn with traditional villages. The region once flourished with cocoa and coffee trade and has a few colonial buildings.
Exploring the ancient traditions and culture of the Togolese is an integral part of every trip to Togo. As you go around the country, you will be astonished by the number of distinct ethnic groups and their singular lifestyles. For instance, it is surprising to note that Voodoo is an important part of their daily lives. This rich culture also gives birth to an endless list of festivals and a chance to witness them will guarantee you a unique experience.
While typical African destinations will present you with an abundance of wildlife, Togo stands apart and surprises you with its human diversity. In spite of being a tiny country, it comes packed with exciting elements to make your trip fulfilling.
Koutammakou is a UNESCO listed area with fortress-like mud-houses.