Togo

Quick Facts

Region: Africa

Population:
6,031,808

Religion:

Approximately 29% of Togolese are Christians, 12% are Muslims and the remaining 59% are animists.

Language:

French is the official language, Ewe, Mina are spoken as well as Kabye and Dagomba.

Area (sq. km):
56,785 square meters

Time:

Time in Togo is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC +0)

When To Travel

Rainfall is mostly from May to October. In the south there’s a dry period from mid-July to mid-September. In the north there is no dry-period, but on the whole the north is much drier than the south. The coast, including Lomé and up to 10 kilometres inland, is also fairly dry. From mid-February (after the harmattan wind lifts) to mid-April is the hottest period throughout the country.

The best time to travel to Togo is in August, early September, and from November to April, as these are the driest periods.

Useful Travel Facts

Airports:

The Lomé-Tokoin Airport is located 7km north-east of Central Lomé.

Telephone:

The international dialling code for Togo is +228; no city/area codes are necessary.

Electricity:

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are square or round two-pin.

Food:

The food in Togo is some of the best in West Africa. Meals are usually based on a starch staple with a sauce. The include rice with groundnut (peanut) sauce in most places. Other sauces include eggplant, seafood, spinach, crab and fish. There are also many different drinks in Togo. In the north the preferred drink is tchakpallo, fermented millet with a frothy head. In the south, the most popular brews are palm wine and sodabe, a very strong, clear-coloured alcohol distilled from palm wine.

Transport:

Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road. The major northern route is called 'The Highway of Unity'. Tarred roads run to the border countries and there are roads linking most settlements and towns, but these are largely impassable during the rainy season. Police checkpoints are frequent and may cause delays. It is advisable to keep windows rolled up and doors locked. National bus, minibus and taxi systems are reasonably efficient and cheap. Taxis and minibuses are available in Lomé and shared taxis are available between towns. There is a surcharge for luggage. Drivers do not expect a tip. Bicycles can be rented in large towns and are often quicker than cars.

Shopping:

There are a variety of wood-carvings and brass-work as well as pottery, macramé and batiks available in Togo. Lomé is famous for leather sandals.

Visa: We recommend that you check current visa requirements with your nearest Embassy or Consulate.
For Australian passport holders, the French Consulate in Sydney is authorized to issue short stay visas on behalf of Burkina Faso & Togo for tourism.
Alternatively, you can get a visa issued at the border crossing into Togo for 15,000 CFA franc (25 Euros). Make sure to have 4 passport size photos available for use if needed at the border.

Useful Words & Phrases

Further Reading

‘The Village of Waiting’ by George Packer

‘The Ewe of Togo and Benin’ Benjamin N. Lawrence