Despite its unruly past, Togo has been charming travellers searching for West African paradise for many years.
It’s beautiful, quirky, chilled out and full of diverse cultures. There are perfect beaches, butterfly-filled mountains, charming colonial towns and fishing villages where voodoo is part of everyday life. Explore fetish markets, paddle a pirogue, eat yams and get into the Togolese way of life.
Our Togo trips
Togo travel highlights
Paddle a pirogue across Lake Togo
Discover the voodoo charms of Togoville
Hang out with fishermen in Agbodrafo
Togo holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Togo
Geography and environment
Top 5 Togo Experiences
Health and Safety
Togo travel FAQs
Australia: Yes - In advance
Belgium: Yes - In advance
Canada: Yes - In advance
Germany: Yes - In advance
Ireland: Yes - In advance
Netherlands: Yes - In advance
New Zealand: Yes - In advance
South Africa: Yes - In advance
Switzerland: Yes - In advance
United Kingdom: Yes - In advance
USA: Yes - In advance
Please obtain your visa to Togo in advance. We recommend that you check current visa requirements with your nearest Embassy or Consulate. For Australian passport holders, the French Consulate in Sydney is authorized to issue short stay visas on behalf of Togo for tourism. Alternatively, you can get a visa issued at the border crossing into Togo for 15,000 CFA franc (25 Euros). Make sure to have 4 passport size photos available for use if needed at the border.
Please note that it may be possible to obtain a visa for Togo at the Togolese Embassy in Accra. It is sometimes possible to get this visa in 1 day (if you drop your application off in the morning – Weekdays only). However, visa information is subject to change on a regular basis.
A service charge may be included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of around 10% is customary.
Internet cafes can be found in most cities.
Mobile phone coverage is good in urban areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Togo’s toilets may be basic. Be prepared for squat toilets, even in major centres.
Bottle of soft drink = 400 CFA
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 800 CFA
Simple lunch = 1000 CFA
Dinner at a restaurant = 5000 CFA
Tap water isn’t safe to drink in Togo. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, bring water purification tablets or ask your leader where filtered water can be found.
Credit cards are widely accepted in major towns.
ATMs are rarely available. Cash can be withdrawn from a bank using your card.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 27 Apr Independence Day
- 1 May Labour Day
- 25 May Ascension Day
- 5 Jun Whit Monday
- 21 Jun Martyrs' Day
- 25 Jun Korité / End of Ramadan
- 15 Aug Assumption Day
- 1 Sep Tabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
- 1 Nov All Saints' Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Togo go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/togo/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Togo
- Be considerate of Togo’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.