The coast of Togo in the Gulf of Guinea is 56 km long and consists of lagoons with sandy beaches. This region is home to beach lovers and Voodoo, one of the world’s most ancient religions.
From the 16th century to the 18th century, the coastal region was a major trading center for slaves, earning Togo and the surrounding region the name "The Slave Coast". Today, Togo's Slave Coast such the areas between Baguida and Avepozo are lined with beautiful and placid beaches.
A half-hour drive from Lome , is Agbodrafo , a former Portuguese city (formerly Porto Seguro ) that is on the edge of Lake Togo. The city was recognized as part of the " Slave Coast ". One can discover some vestiges of the past such as Maison des Esclaves (Wood Home or Woold Home to the locals).
Aneho , located 15 km east of Agbodrafo, is the spiritual and cultural center of the people Guin . Today Aného retains the soul of a small colonial town from the 19th Century. Its residents are predominantly fishermen and farmers.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lake Togo , which was built in 1910 , is decorated with paintings of African saints and has a statue of Our Lady of Lake Togo, the patron saint of the village. The Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared on the lake. A 20 minute canoe trip across the lake will take you to the opposite bank where there is a beautiful German church (built in 1910). Tour the house down the Mlapa king who signed with Nachtigal the treaty establishing the German protectorate on Togo.
Togoville, on the banks of Lake Togo, is the historic home of Voodoo in the country, and is a great place to learn more about this ancient religious customs and see the shrines. We see fetishes and wooden sculptures in front of many homes.
Vogan is located 45 km from Lomé with a population of just over 1,000 inhabitants. It is known for its Friday market, which has one of the largest voodoo markets in West Africa.
This region is for arts, crafts and nature lovers. Tropical agricultural products abound – banana, pineapple, avocado, coffee, cocoa, cotton, yam, etc. The many walk, hike and mountain trails offer visitors the chance to observe the daily life of the local people, to enjoy the many natural waterfalls, and to watch butterflies and wildlife. There is a forging new ground for ecotourism and voluntourism in this region.
Kpalime is home to the largest arts and crafts center where a large number of artists and artisans from around the country have settled: wood carvers, batik fabric makers, pottery and ceramic makers, calabash artists, painters, etc A lively market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The people come from all over the region to sell their harvest and procure their own supplies.
The cool, lush green forest of Mt Kloto with fresh water streams and plenty of water pools provide an ideal habitat for butterflies. As a result, a nature reserve has been established and there are now over 1,000 species of butterflies of different size, color and form that flutter around night and day. The Mt Kloto area is an ideal place for some short hikes through the forests with a local naturalist guide. Hike Mt Kloto to its summit for a panoramic 360° view of the region and Ghana.
Atakpame, the former administration center of the German Togoland, is built on top of a hill overlooking the surrounding plain. The climate is relatively cool and pleasant. The central market is located around the main square of the city, which becomes lively at night. The dance tchebe on stilts, of the most famous dances from Togo, is not to be missed.
Badou is a small town nestled in a green and fertile valley where most of the residents are growers or traders of coffee, cocoa and other agricultural products. Visitors come to Badou to hike to the Cascade of Aklowa, the largest waterfall in Togo.
The Benedictine Monastery of the Ascension at Dzogbegan. The Colonial Governor's House and German Cemetery at Misahohé. Chateau Vial, the Presidential Château near Kouma Konda. The bat caves of Kevuvu, Kuma
This region is for those who want to be at the heart of Togolese cultural traditions. It is home to TEM traditional culture (traditional chieftainships, fire dances and knife dances).
Sokode has the highest population of Muslims in Togo making up about 70% of the population. This commercial area is famous for its weaving and thriving market.
This region also has a nature reserve, the Fazao-Malfacassa National Park, where species of animals like bulbuls, bongos, colobus monkeys and baboons still exists. The Park, the largest of the 3 national parks in Togo, is home to the last population of elephants in Togo.
This region is home to the Koutammakou, the land of Batammaribas, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Tamberma Valley is home to fortified villages. They were founded in the 17th century by people who fled the raids of the kings of Dahomey (in Benin) and escaped slavery.The Tamberma people sought refuge in the mountains of northern Togo. Their houses, real little clay castles (the Tatas), are a very good example of African architecture.
The Lion’s Ditch of Dapaong, Sacred Dung Fountain, Tanlona Sacred Pit, Mandouri Hunting Reserve
The Lion's Ditch with its large herd of elephants, natural pools and green thickets is one of Dapaong's first tourist attractions.
The Sacred Dung Fountain: at the bottom of this deep depression flows a river full of fishes crocodiles, all surrounded by a forest gallery in the micro-climate favorable to picnics and relaxation.
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