Togo is in West Africa and borders Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. The capital city is Lome. From the capital city, you can steal views of the stunning Gulf of Guinea. With nearly 7.5 million inhabitants and a land area of 22,008 square miles, this country is one of the smallest in Africa

The official language is French. Very little people speak English. Also, the predominant religion is Animism. There is, however, a big group of Christians. Muslims are in the minority.

The country is a destination less traveled, but rewarding nonetheless. The landscape is a stunning combination of pristine beaches along the Atlantic coastline and lakes throughout the country. Also, to the north, you will find dense, lush forests blended with yellow hues reminiscent of the Savannah.

The official currency is CFA Franc. The approximate exchange rate is 656 Francs for 1 US Dollar. The exchange is available at banks and bureaus de change in Lome and other big cities. American Express credit cards are widely acceptable. In some places, other types of cards are also possible to use. The main branch of the Togolese Central Bank in Lome gives withdrawals from a Visa card as well. Traveler’s cheques are also acceptable in the capital and other major cities.

As for electricity, Togo uses type C sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 220 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

Togo has good roads for travelers who come to explore the rolling hills and mountains. Car hire is available in Lome. However, elsewhere, it would be cheaper to get a taxi. Cars ride on the right side of the road here.

You can easily plan a day trip to Togoville, on the borders of Lake Togo, or Aneho. Also, you can trek in Kpalime and its hilly surroundings. If you are looking for wildlife, head to Fazao-Malfakassa and Keran National Park. This country truly has so much to offer.

August 15, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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