Togo

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.

Togo Tours & Travel

Articles on Togo

Soup is for life, not just for lunch: five Asian soups that will change the way you feel about soup

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 by Eliza Eliott

Everyone knows soup is a great lunch option, but it's often overlooked for dinner. This article hopes to change that.

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Seven essential things to do on any Chilean adventure

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 by Lia Mitchell

This blog was originally going to be titled, '7 Cheap Chile Adventures Only a Hitchhiker-Insider on Your Intrepid Staff Could Tell You About', but we thought that might be a bit much.

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These five dumplings prove the theory that dumplings are the greatest food in the world

Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 by James Shackell

Intrepid's in-house foodologist, James Shackell, sets out to prove a theory as old as time itself.

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Five of our favourite things about Ecuador

Posted on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 by Intrepid Admin

Sure, Ecuador doesn’t have the famous ruins of Peru or the culinary draw of Argentina, but it still belongs on your ‘go to’ list for a South American adventure.

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About Togo

At a glance

Trips Available: 1
Capital city: Lome (population 850,000)
Population: 6.6 million
Language: French
Currency: XOF
Time zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin)
Dialing code: +228

Best time to visit Togo

November to February is generally considered the best time to visit Togo as the weather is at its mildest and driest. This is also the time when the harmattan winds blow sand from the Sahara and the air can sometimes be thick with dust. The rainy season, from May to October, brings spectacular rain, sometimes forcing the closure of unsealed roads. Mid-February to April is the hottest period.

togo weather map chart

Geography and environment

Togo lies in a narrow strip, bordered by Burkina Faso, Benin and Ghana. Its coast is small, tranquil and oozes easy living. Further north, seaside charm gives way to a network of lagoons and swampy plains, and eventually savannah, hills and forest.

Top Picks

Top 5 Togo Experiences

1. Going Voodoo

Oh Togoville; the voodoo, that you do so well. This is one of voodoo’s cultural centres and a walk through the town’s streets will reveal shrines and fetishes used in everyday life.

2. Butterfly Safari

Hidden away in Togo’s highlands is Mont Klouto - home to dense forest, cascading streams, waterfalls and over five hundred different species of butterflies. Take a safari through the forest with a naturalist guide to see them in all their glory.

3. Paddling a Pirogue

When in Togo, travel like the Togolese. Join the fishermen on the lake and be paddled in a dugout canoe (pirogue) from Agbodrafo to Togoville.

4. Eating Yams

They’re West Africa’s favourite food and nowhere does them quite like the Togolese. Go yam crazy with the beautifully named fufu - yam mashed in a nut sauce.

5. Exploring Lake Togo

This is where the locals come to relax. There are plenty of water sports to try or hitch a ride with a fisherman to explore the lake’s villages.

FAQs on Togo

TOGO:
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: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Jan 13 Liberation Day
Jan 24 Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammed)
Apr 1 Easter Monday
Apr 27 Independence Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 20 Whit Monday
Jun 21 Martyrs’ Day
Aug 8 Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
Aug 15 Assumption
Sep 23 Anniversary of the Failed Attack on Lome
Oct 15 Tabaski (Feast of Sacrifice)
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Togo/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Togo Travel Tips

Top responsible travel tips for Togo

1. Be considerate of Togo’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Bread from the Sky Marie McCarthy
Letters from Togo Susan Blake
Greetings from Jungleland Michael Fortner