There are a variety of hidden beauties and wonderful attractions to explore in Togo. Whether you are familiar with the country or you’ve never visited at all, there is still more to discover within the borders of this small and important African nation.
Togo officially named the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso. Rolling savannas, beautiful waterfalls and centuries of interesting architecture, makes Togo one of the most unique countries to visit in Africa.
Hopefully one day soon, you can enjoy all that Togo has to offer. So, let’s have a look at some of the best places to visit in Togo. Below, you’ll learn about:
10 amazing places to visit in Togo
Lomé is the capital city of Togo. With a population of around 1.5 million, it is the busiest and largest city in the country. Indeed, it is a vital centre of business and culture.
Visiting Lomé will let you understand what makes Togo tick - here you can experience the best Togolese restaurants, clubs, shops, bars and venues. Lomé is also home to Togo’s most prominent education centre - the University of Lomé - as well as a number of significant and historic churches and mosques.
Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba
Koutammakou is a fascinating region that extends into the country OF Benin and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The place is home to the Batammariba who for many years have built extraordinary mud tower-houses (Takienta).
Today, the structures have come to be seen as a symbol of Togo around the world and are a strong connection to the history of the entire country. If you want to experience the rich cultural identity that runs throughout Togo, Koutammakou must be one of the first places on your list.
Agbodrafo is a town in southern Togo, also known as Safe Harbor. Today it is a popular seaside resort. The Hotel le Lac is one of the most visited hotel resorts in the whole country and provides visitors with prime access to the long white beaches.
It is also a fascinating and important place to visit if you have an interest in learning about Togo’s history and the history of slavery in the region. It was considered part of the Slave coast and there are many places within Agbodrafo where vestiges of this past still exist. Woold Homé is the most significant historical site in Agbodrafo and is currently being considered for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Kpalimé is a city in the Plateaux Region and is one of the biggest cities in Togo. It is considered by many to be Togo’s centre of craftwork such as weaving, painting, pottery and wood sculpture. Walking in the streets of Kpalime and visiting the local markets, it is easy to see this craftwork firsthand.
There are many artisanal workshops and schools throughout the city that are testament to the creativity and work ethic of the people of Kpalimé. It is a great place to visit if you want to learn about traditional Togolese crafts and enjoy a city environment outside of Lomé and Sokodé.
Togoville is an important town located in southern Togo. Back in the day, Togoville was simply called Togo, which means ‘lake’ in the local Togolese Ewe language.
It is home to the famous Togoville Cathedral and a number of voodoo buildings and artefacts that are closely linked with the history of Togolese spiritualism. There is also a small museum dedicated to Togoville’s chief Mlapa III who signed a treaty with the German’s in 1884.
Lomé Grand Market
The Grand Marché in Togo is a labyrinth of colourful and exciting market stalls, businesses and every little trinket you can imagine. Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm, the Lomé Grand Market is one of the key features of the city and it is a must-visit spot if you want to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Togo. Uniquely, the majority of stall vendors are women and children.
Reaching 3,235 feet into the Togolese sky, Mount Agou is the highest mountain in the country and a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. From the summit of the mountain you can see well into Ghana, which borders Togo.
For many years the region and the mountain have been inhabited by Ewe people. Today the slopes of Mount Agou are lined with villages and fields. Tourists can follow unpaved pathways to wander through the fields, across streams, pass waterfalls and up to the peak of this beautiful mountain.
Keran National Park
In the north of Togo one of the best places to visit is the Keran National Park. There is only one road in the whole national park and, as a result, it is not one of the most accessible parks in Togo. However, the wide variety of wildlife ranging from elephants to crocodiles and over two-hundred species of birds still draws many people to the Keran National Park every year.
Fazao Malfakassa National Park
Fazao is the largest and most accessible national park in Togo. It was established in 1975 and continues to be a great centre for wildlife, nature and tourism in Togo. The biodiversity of the whole national park is truly wonderful and has made it one of the most popular places to visit in Togo.
The last place we think you should check is the second largest city in Sokodé. It is a thriving, multi-ethnice city that is a commercial and cultural centre for the Central Region within Togo. Today, the city consists of layers of traditional villages alongside more modern urban areas.
As you can see there is so much to explore in Togo. Here we’ve listed only ten places but we’re sure you’ll be able to find many more beautiful spots. If you have family in Togo they will also have their own favourite places, so make sure to ask!
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