Togo Safari Tours & Holidays
Togo is a West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages. Koutammakou, inhabited by the Batammariba people, is a traditional settlement of fortresslike clay huts dating to the 17th century. In the capital, Lomé, are the multistory Grand Marché bazaar and the Fetish Market, offering traditional talismans and remedies relating to the vodun (voodoo) religion.
Lomé city is the main capital of Togo, Lomé lies on the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic coast) in the extreme south-western corner of the country. Selected as the colonial capital of German Togoland in 1897, it became important as an administrative, commercial, and transport center.
Togo’s wildlife and safaris are some of the most fascinating tourist attractions in the country. Each of the regions in Togo is gifted with exclusive flora and fauna. The coastal region has mangrove swamps that stretch to the Mono river basin. Other parts of the country have tropical rain forests, savannah grasslands, and bushes. The northern region is especially gifted with bushes and shrubs as the vegetation stretches in the drier parts of Africa. The 3 major National parks in Togo are Fazao-Malfakassa, Fosse aux Lions and the Keran National Park are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
How to get to Togo
When traveling to Togo, the main airline running services to Togo is Air France (www.airfrance.com) from Paris. Other options include Brussels Airlines (www.brusselsairlines.com) from Brussels and Royal Air Maroc (www.royalairmaroc.com) from Casablanca. All offer connecting flights from the UK.
Passport, Visa, and Entry requirements for Togo
A valid passport and a Togolese visa are required. Visas may be issued upon arrival at the international airport in Lomé, and at the major Togolese border crossings with neighboring countries.
The health sector of Togo
Togo’s health system is relatively well-equipped in terms of infrastructure, and 70.9% of the population have access to facilities. 4.4% of the population is covered by mandatory health insurance for public-sector workers. But this health insurance does not cover foreign travelers s ensure you purchase travel insurance before traveling to Togo
Malaria and Yellow fever vaccination for Togo
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to Togo. The disease is also present in the country and poses a risk to travelers. Malaria, dengue, and chikungunya are also present in Togo. These mosquito-borne diseases can be prevented through the proper use of mosquito repellents and nettings.
Currency of Togo
The franc was the currency of Togo Between 1924 and 1956; coins specifically for use in Togo were issued. Since 1945, Togo uses the West African CFA franc.
Official Language of Togo
The official language is French, although it is not widely spoken outside of business and government. Widely spoken indigenous languages belong to the Niger-Congo language family and include Ewe in the south and Kabiye in the north.
Best time to travel to Togo
The busiest month for tourism in Togo is February, followed by March and December. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Togo in May. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
What to wear in Togo
Dress in baggy, breathable clothing to stay cool when the heat and humidity rise. Women should avoid short skirts or shorts – showing lots of skin is not the norm for female Togolese and may yield potentially unwanted attention.
What to bring while traveling to Togo
Other clothing for both Men and Women. Windbreaker or rain slicker/poncho. Umbrellas can be purchased here. Lightweight hooded sweatshirt or long-sleeved shirt for cool evenings. Day pack for shopping; a larger backpack for traveling. Bathing suit. Catalogs or pictures of clothing you may want copying.
Car hire and driving in Togo
Major roads in towns are paved though can be in poor condition. Most minor roads are not paved and will flood every time it rains. Driving conditions can be hazardous throughout Togo due to the presence of pedestrians, large numbers of small motorcycles, poor driving practices, livestock on the roadways, and the poor condition of many roads, which sometimes contain deep potholes. Overland travel off the main network of roads generally requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Many drivers in Togo do not obey traffic laws and most traffic signals do not function properly. Drivers should be prepared for the possibility that other drivers may run red lights or stop signs or drive in the wrong direction on one-way streets so we don’t recommend it.
Accommodation in Togo
The main capital Lome has decent accommodation and on the beach, there are some decent accommodation however if you travel more to remote areas there are usually local guesthouses and Auberge good enough to rest but nothing Luxury.
Local food of Togo
A staple of Togo’s cuisine and culture is fufu. Fufu is a traditional dish made from boiled yams, which are mashed into the dough and served with a variety of sauces and side dishes. Pates, another culinary staple of Togo, are made from maize flour or cassava and are also served with sauces made from vegetables or meats.
Tipping while Travelling in Togo
Tipping at restaurants and bars restaurants, it is customary to tip at least 5% for good service. If the waiter or waitress did an excellent job attending to your needs, allow up to 10%. Most establishments tend not to include gratuities in the bill, but it doesn’t hurt to check before you decide how much to leave.
Further information for Togo
The Togolese Republic, also known as Togo is a small West African country with only 21,925 sq mi with an average density of 253 people per square mile. It extends south to the Bight of Benin and is bordered on the north by Burkina Faso, Benin to the East, and Ghana on the west.
Safety of Togo
Violent crime, theft, and pick-pocketing are common throughout Togo and you should be especially cautious in Lomé along the beach and in the markets. Attacks occur during daylight as well as at night. You should avoid traveling alone where possible, even within Lomé city limits, especially at night.
Those traveling for tourism purposes are strongly advised to book a safari with a safari company as opposed to backpacking through Togo.
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