Located on the west coast of Africa, Togo is bordered by Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, and the Gulf of Guinea. It stretches 579 kilometers (360 mi.) north from the gulf and is only 160 kilometers (100 mi.) wide at the broadest point. Togo has the same time as GMT.
Togo’s climate varies from tropical to savanna. The south is humid, with temperatures ranging from 23oC to 32oC (75oF to 90oF). In the north, temperature fluctuations are greater–from 18oC to more than 38oC (65oF to 100oF).
Togo’s population of 4.97 million people (2003 est.) is comprised of about 21 ethnic groups. The two foremost groups are the Ewe in the South and the Kabye in the North. Population distribution is very uneven due to soil and terrain variations. The population is generally concentrated in the south and along the major north-south highway connecting the coast to the Sahel.
Before the country’s political troubles of the 1990s, Lomé was the pearl of West Africa. Nearly everyone who swept through the region stopped in Lomé for a few days at the beach. French and Germans would flock in during the winter, living it up in the city’s five-star hotels and fine restaurants.
But travelers are fairly scarce these days, and many businesses are just getting by. Though a few hotels still do a brisk business, most tourist facilities now bide their time in a semi-deserted ambience. There are a few Internet cafés opening up in Lomé with cheap and reliable connections.
However, Togo may be small and beachy, but its culture muscles are pumped. Its attractions range from water falls, historical sites. It would be a crime to visit Togo and not check out this amazing valley and its unique collections. Marché des Féticheurs is another place to relax and refresh your memory.
You’ll find a slightly French twist to some things in Togo. You can buy baguettes, for example, in Lome (the capital), and you can order them in French.
Everyone except nationals of the member countries of ECOWAS must have a visa to visit Togo. Verification of yellow-fever vaccination is required for entry at the airport, though it’s not usually checked at land.
It is advisable to always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your home country. If you need medical care while in Togo, it is best to be conscious that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for compensation. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country’s local embassy or representative.
However note should be taken that to be compensated, you must be treated by licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper documentation and receipts.
HOTELS IN TOGO
Togo has a very wide range of hotels ranging from budget to luxury accommodation. The most Popular Togo Hotels in the city centre include; Hotel de la Paix, Palm Beach Hotel, Corinthia Two Fevrier Hotel, Mercure Sarakawa Azur Hotel, Avenida Hotel among other. An aspirant traveler to Togo wouldn’t miss getting a hotel of his budget. Besides, there are very many restaurants providing an variety of continental food stuff ranging from local and intercontinental cuisine.
TRANSPORT IN TOGO
Air: Togo’s international airport, Tokoin Airport, is 6km (4mi) north-east of central Lomé.
Road: there are various taxis and buses available there to take you into different towns. Both Accra (Ghana) and Cotonou (Benin) are about three hours by car from Lomé on asphalt roads. Bush taxis operate between them daily.Minibuses ply the coastal route between Lomé and Cotonou (Benin) throughout the day, but it’s usually cheaper to take a share-taxi from Lomé to the border and another from there to Ouidah or Cotonou. Otherwise. You can also cross to Ghana from Kpalimé, Badou, Kara and Sansanné-Mango, although the routes are rougher and less frequently plied.
Author: Sandra Nans