Top 9 things to do in Togo


Togo is a thin strip of West Africa, a land line that stretch­es from the Atlantic Ocean to Burk­i­na Faso. Despite its small size, the coun­try has a rich cul­ture, stun­ning nature and many oth­er advan­tages.


Who and why should come to Togo

Lovers of nat­ur­al beau­ty, who are not afraid of long walks and active tourism, vis­it moun­tains and swamps in Togo, raft down wind­ing rivers, walk in the savan­na, get acquaint­ed with ele­phants and oth­er exot­ic ani­mals.

For those who are not attract­ed to out­door activ­i­ties, it is bet­ter to go to Lake Togo or the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy beach­es, small lagoons, a vari­ety of water sports and a well-devel­oped infra­struc­ture attract thou­sands of tourists every year.

The cap­i­tal of Lome wel­comes young peo­ple and fans of his­to­ry with its ele­gant Parisian boule­vards and cafes, mod­ern ener­gy and a host of archi­tec­tur­al mon­u­ments.

Notable cities and towns



The city is of strate­gic impor­tance for the coun­try — it is a major indus­tri­al and agri­cul­tur­al cen­ter. The peo­ple of Ewe, who have inhab­it­ed Kpal­ime since ancient times, man­aged to live under the rule of Ger­many, Eng­land and France for two cen­turies. These Euro­pean coun­tries have left pieces of their cul­tur­al her­itage in the city.

Kpal­ime arti­sans are engaged in wood­carv­ing, mak­ing inter­est­ing ceram­ic sou­venirs, reli­gious trin­kets and amulets. All prod­ucts can be bought at one of the mar­kets.

The city is locat­ed at the foot of Mount Agu. Palm trees and ram­shackle shacks replace Vic­to­ri­an tem­ple spiers, restrained Ger­man build­ings min­gle with French art­sy archi­tec­ture and col­or­ful African bazaars. Near this amaz­ing city, water­falls are noisy, and local guides offer tourists a walk to the moun­tain, over­grown with jun­gle.

Villages of Koutammakou

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The moun­tain­ous land of the peo­ple of Batam­mari­ba has been pro­tect­ed by UNESCO since 2004. A fea­ture of the area is called inter­est­ing ways to build hous­es.

Peo­ple sculpt high tow­ers with thatched roofs from clay. Unusu­al build­ings have even become a sym­bol of Togo. In addi­tion to get­ting to know the tra­di­tions and cus­toms of the locals, tourists admire the stun­ning nature, walk in the moun­tains and take heal­ing mud baths in a local spring.

City of Lome


The cap­i­tal of Togo was found­ed by Euro­pean traders in the ear­ly 19th cen­tu­ry. Since then, this trad­ing town has been liv­ing at a fran­tic pace. Tankers, car­go ships and pas­sen­ger lin­ers call at the local port around the clock. A stream of tourists rush­es to Lome for voodoo sou­venirs and cocoa beans. In addi­tion to shops and mar­kets, the city is famous for the explorato­ry exhi­bi­tions of the Nation­al Muse­um of Togo.

City of Togoville

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This city gave its name to the whole coun­try. Pre­vi­ous­ly, there was an ordi­nary vil­lage of adobe huts. But every­thing changed in 1884. Nachti­gal’s expe­di­tionary corps signed an agree­ment with the leader on the exten­sion of Ger­man hege­mo­ny to this part of West Africa. The doc­u­ment is shown to tourists to this day.

Oth­er attrac­tions in Togov­ille include a beau­ti­ful colo­nial cathe­dral and sev­er­al small beach­es on the shores of the local lake.

City of Agbodrafo

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The city stands on the shores of Lake Togo — a resort area is orga­nized here. Lux­u­ri­ous out­door pools and sun ter­races rise right to the water’s edge, offer­ing guests a lux­u­ri­ous expe­ri­ence in the famous lagoon.

Agbo­drafo is famous for its numer­ous water sports, from ped­al boats to motor­bikes on the lake sur­face. The south­ern dis­tricts of the city are locat­ed on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and attract with stun­ning beach­es.



At one time, the small town of Atak­pame, locat­ed on Mount Atako­ra (371 meters above sea lev­el), became the site of an epic bat­tle between the Ger­man colo­nial­ists and the Anglo-French land­ing force. Even ear­li­er, it was the site of a clash between two of West Africa’s great­est empires, Oyo and Ashan­ti.

The glo­ri­ous past of the moun­tain set­tle­ment is told in local muse­ums and on tours of the ruins of mil­i­tary facil­i­ties. Today, Atak­pame is inhab­it­ed by the orig­i­nal inhab­i­tants, the Yoru­ba peo­ple. Tourists walk along the moun­tain spurs, vis­it tra­di­tion­al mar­kets and try local cui­sine.

natural attractions

Fazao Malfakassa National Park

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The largest nation­al park in Togo is locat­ed right in the heart of the coun­try. It occu­pies almost 2,000 square kilo­me­ters and is famous for its dense coastal forests. The reserve was cre­at­ed in the 1970s because of the rare for­est ele­phant liv­ing here.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the giant’s pop­u­la­tions have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduced due to ille­gal poach­ing, but con­ser­va­tion efforts are ongo­ing and there is every rea­son to hope for suc­cess. Antelopes and bush­bucks also live in the park.

Keran National Park

nac park keran

The nation­al park was estab­lished in 1971 on the ter­ri­to­ry of the Camon­gou Riv­er in the north­ern part of Togo. Over the decades, the reserve has been con­stant­ly expand­ed and sup­ple­ment­ed, which gave it a vari­ety.

Today, the park has swamps, rocks, and coastal riv­er zones. Birds, rare rep­tiles and insects live here, out­landish trop­i­cal flow­ers and trees grow. But the main asset of the park are ele­phants and antelopes.

Fosse au Lions National Park

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The least vis­it­ed of all the nation­al parks, Togo is locat­ed at the far­thest, north­ern end of the coun­try. Here, Kuta­maku peo­ple live in adobe hous­es, and the city of Tan­juare is also locat­ed, from where most of the tourist routes orig­i­nate.

The park cov­ers the ter­ri­to­ry of the savan­na, swamps and plains, over­grown with wild aca­cia. Ele­phants and oth­er ani­mals of the African savan­nah live here.


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