This tiny West African nation may be modest in size, but its history and culture is larger than life
It was once a part of the infamous Slave Coast, from which Africans were transported to Haiti, Cuba and the United States. Today, the remnants of colonialism have been almost stamped out, and people flock to Togo for other reasons. Healers from all across West Africa come here for animal parts and fetishwares, and locals seek remedies among the market stalls. Togo’s museums are another must for citizens and visitors alike, with some of the best collections of art and artifacts on the continent.
Togo travel highlights
Set sail to Togoville
Slave traders once used Togoville as their point of departure for the Americas. You may not arrive by boat but you’ll get to see this vodun community much like the colonialists did.
Stock up on fetishes at Akodessewa
The fetish markets here are famous for their stockpiles of dried cheetah skulls, chimp hands, crocodile skins and wooden sculptures.
Go museum hopping in Lome
Perhaps the most famous museum in the capital is the Musée International des Arts, with its grand collection of African art and archaeological artefacts.
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Togo travel FAQs
- Australia: Yes - In advance
- Belgium: Yes - In advance
- Canada: Yes - In advance
- Germany: Yes - In advance
- Ireland: Yes - In advance
- Netherlands: Yes - In advance
- New Zealand: Yes - In advance
- South Africa: Yes - In advance
- Switzerland: Yes - In advance
- United Kingdom: Yes - In advance
- USA: Yes - In advance
Please obtain your visa to Togo in advance. 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 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.
Please note that it may be possible to obtain a visa for Togo at the Togolese Embassy in Accra. It is sometimes possible to get this visa in 1 day (if you drop your application off in the morning – Weekdays only). However, visa information is subject to change on a regular basis.
Tipping is customary in Togo. If the restaurant hasn’t already included a surcharge on the bill, add about 10% of the final sum.
You’ll find internet cafes in Togo’s major centres but access will be limited outside of these areas.
You’ll have good coverage in urban areas but not in rural or remote parts of the country. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
While you may have western-style toilets in some hotels, most toilets in Togo are of the squat variety. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- Bottle of soft drink = 400 CFA
- Beer in a bar or restaurant = 800 CFA
- Simple lunch = 1000 CFA
- Dinner at a restaurant = 5000 CFA
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Togo. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card in some places like hotels and upmarket restaurants in Lome, but prepare to pay cash when making purchases from most local businesses.
ATMs are hard to come by in Togo. It’s a good idea to withdraw cash from a bank instead.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
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