Togo

More like a provincial city than a capital, Lomé has survived its chaotic recent history and is still an enjoyable place with exceptional bars and restaurants. The daytime action is all around the Grand Marché, while evening sees the city fragmenting into neighbourhoods of bars and street food vendors selling steamed cassava, agouti (a large rodent), djekoumé (chilli chicken), guinea fowl and wagashi (fried cheese) among many other dishes. . .

A dramatic road snakes up through the dense Missahohé Forest, sometimes tunnelling beneath the trees. Built by the Germans before World War I, when they ruled “Togoland”, as it was known before the French took over, it climbs to within a thirty-minute hike of the summit of Mont Klouto (741m). . .

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Links we like

Republic of Togo The best Togo website, mainly covering political and economic news, plus a range of country information.

Togolese tourist office

Voodoo and West Africa’s Spiritual Life Radio Expeditions from NPR and National Geographic, including good coverage of vodun.

This page last edited 9 June 2011 © Richard Trillo and Emma Gregg

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