The 5 best places to visit in Togo


In the far south west of the country, in the capital, Lomé, is the Akodessawa Fetish Market, the worlds largest voodoo market. Featuring oddities such as monkey heads, dead birds, crocodiles, other animal parts and even human skulls, it is a one stop shop for fetishes, charms and all your ritualistic needs. Voodoo priests are on hand to bless or curse your items, as well as predict the future or create medicines.

5. Akodessawa Fetish Market


In the far north of the country, in the Savanes Region close to the border with Ghana are the Caves Of Nok And Mampoug. Built by the Moba tribe between the 17th and 19th centuries, the caves were used to protect harvests and to hide from neighbouring attackers who would kidnap their people and sell them to European slave traders. Made from straw, clay and rock, the roughly 134 structures in Nok, the 113 in Mampoug and the 70 in Bopak have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. Nok & Mampoug Cave Dwellings


In the far northern centre of the country is the cultural landscape of Koutammakou, known as the land of the Batammariba. Known for the rustic tribal villages that dot the land, they are famed for the unusual thatched roof mud tower houses that have been used since colonial times, houses that have become a national symbol of Togo. The entire cultural landscape has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Koutammakou


In the northern centre of the country, covering an area of some 700 square kilometres (270 square miles) is Oti-Keran National Park, a protected landscape that has seen widespread destruction and human invasion into the protected areas since the 1990's. This huge destruction along with the mass killing of wildlife by the local population saw a reduction in flora and fauna diversity in the region for many years. Today, recovering from the decimation of this period, the park is home to a number of African elephants, olive baboons, west African lions and a large number of hippopotamus among other mammal and reptile species. It is for now and hopefully a long time in the future the prime location to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

2. Oti-Kéran National Park

Crossing the central region of Togo, extending across the eastern and western borders into neighbouring Ghana and Benin are the Togo Mountains, creating what is considered the most picturesque and dramatic landscape in the country. Home to the highest peak in Togo, the 700 metre (2,296 ft) Mount Agou, the terrain is one of lush green bulbous hills, dense forest and great valleys among steep mountain peaks.

1. Togo Mountains

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