Togo is an elongated and narrow country in West Africa, sitting prettily between Ghana to the west and Benin to the east, with a small border shared with Burkina Faso to the north. Togo also has its fair share of the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Togo covers an area of approximately 57,000km2, populated by some 6.7 million inhabitants. Togo is sub-Saharan and Tropical by nature, and is one of the smallest countries in Africa. The capital of the country is Lome, and the government is a Presidential Republic with two heads: a president and a prime minister.
Due to the depressing history of the country that was once called “The Slave Coast”, it can be inferred that the country has been living in sadness and unimaginable slavery. But while its past says so, the present day Togo is an irony of its past – the nation brimming with simple beauty and sheer happiness that when one walks around its corners and streets, one may feel the happy vibe. People in this country are hugely optimistic, unassuming, and positively polite. Meanwhile, the city structure of its capital, Lome, is quite different from other cities in Africa, due to the fact that roads here are pretty good, and that the city is halfway through development and never lagging. Start your journey here to get to know more about the country, then follow through with a daytrip in Togoville on the borders of Lake Togo or Aneho. Going north of the city, Kpalime will greet you with its beautiful hilly surroundings, where trekking and hiking is in order. Kara is another place to go, and the nearby Tamberma valley has intriguing castle-like structures known as Tatas. The country's rich wildlife is also worth the visit, with the national parks of Fazao and Keran nearby the city centre. Culinary exploits are limited but are very unique, with the 'national' dish of West-Africa “Fufu” topping the list. “Fufu” consists of white yams pounded into a dough consistency, usually sweet and soft. Many Fufu Restaurants are scattered in the cities as well as roadside stands. Another notable dish is the Pate, which is made from corn flour. Fruits in season are for sale everywhere, ranging from mangos to avocados, papayas, and pineapples.
How to get around within Togo
Taxi-motos or motorcycle taxis are the main mode of transport to get you around the city centres or even to some destinations. Cabs are also available, with yellow licence plates and registration numbers painted on the body of the car. No trains are available here, and buses will take you overland to the countries surrounding Togo. Lingua Franca is French, so make sure to learn at least the basics to cover the daily conversation (e.g. buying things, haggling, asking for directions, etc.)
How to get there
To get to the beautiful country of Togo, the main airport would be the Lome-Tokoin Airport, also known as the Gnassingbe Eyadema International Airport. Airlines that fly to the country are Air Burkina, Air Cote d'Iviore, Air France, ASKY, Brussels Airlines, Ceiba Intercontinental, Ethiopian, Royal Air Maroc, and Toumai Air Tchad. Cheap flights can be booked using Skyscanner, the online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines.
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