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A Togo Journey

Day 1 Lome

Your arrival in the international airport of Lomé, the capital of Togo, will be in the evening or night, depending on your airline. Your guide/driver will be awaiting you at the airport to transfer you to your overnight accommodation.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel Lomé or similar

Day 2 Kara

Your drive from Lomé in the south to Kara in the north offers a great chance to get a first impression on Togo’s diversity. The lush coastal area, agriculture, vast plantations, flat landscapes as well as mountain ranges, the Falaise d’Aladjo, amazing views and last but not least daily life on the road and in the roadside villages. Stops will be made along the way, including a lunch stop.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel Kara or similar

Day 3 Kara

An early start for the drive  to Tamberma Country near the border with Benin. At this amazing Unesco world heritage site you’ll visit a local family’s courtyard as well as a traditional medicine man. The traditional two-story architecture of the courtyards (called: tata) was once created to protect the families against the attacks of enemy tribes and predators. Even though these risks are no more valid these days, the local people highly value their traditional way of building and any young man wanting to get married, will have to build his own tata first. A simple, but nourishing lunch will be eaten in Tamberma Country. A handicrafts center, where the handicrafts are made by disabled people, will be visited in the afternoon on the way back to Kara.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel Kara or similar

Day 4 Bassar

Even though Togo is not known for its wildlife parks,  you set out on a mini safari early today in Parc Sawakara where gazelles, waterbucks, wildebeest and zebras are amongst the park’s population. The enthusiastic park’s guide will be happy to explain about the park, its origin and its inhabitants.

After leaving the park a visit to the local blacksmiths is planned. With stones weighing about 20 kilos they work the red-hot iron in a traditional way. After lunch in Kara, depart for Bassar in the west. Bassar’s region is well known for its iron and the huge iron ovens that were used in the past. On the backseat of a motor taxi, driven by a local taxi man, set out to visit the ovens with a local guide. The motor ride brings you right into the countryside via a sandy road set in a beautiful decor of teak trees. An experience to remember!

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel Bassar or similar

Day 5  Danyi Plateau

Today is a long day driving, taking you from Bassar via Sokodé and Atakpamé to the Danyi plateau. Stop to visit a weaving center in Sokodé – the sounds of spindles and the sights of the big looms have to be experienced. The beautiful materials sold here are hand-woven. A lunch stop will be made in Atakpamé, before heading for the Danyi plateau. If you’re lucky to be here on a Wednesday the market in Danyi-Elavagnon is worth a visit – try Wagasi, the cheese made by the Fulani women, highly recommended as a snack, or even better, in a sauce accompanying a plate of rice. The night will be spent in Dzobegan, an amazing area on the plateau.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Maison Dzobegan (simple, clean  accommodation no air-conditioning)

Day 6 Kpalimé

Before leaving Dzobegan stop at the local monastery where a shop run by the monks greatly contributes to the development of the area. Visit where they make the products for sale, including essential oils, natural incenses and homemade jams.

The area of Kpalimé has many waterfalls, and a picnic lunch is taken at the Ykpé Falls, where – depending on the water level – you’ll have a chance to take a nice refreshing dip. The journey continues to Kpalimé for overnight, There are art centers here that can be visited.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel Le Geyser  or similar

Day 7 Agbodrafo

Heading further south, stop in Vogan, where, on Fridays, the biggest weekly market of the entire region is held. Visiting this local market is a feast of colors, smells and exotic products. Your guide will be more than happy to explain the local products and to let you taste the local snacks. After lunch in Vogan continue on,  heading to Togoville. It was in Togoville that modern day Togo was given its name, for this reason, it holds an important place in the country’s history and well worth a visit. After a short tour through the town, board a traditional wooden canoe, or pirogue, for a pleasant 30 minute tour on Lake Togo, destination Agbodrafo. Agbodrafo has played an important role during the times when Togolese slaves were shipped to faraway countries across the ocean. Visit the former slaves’ house and, if time allows, a walk of about 4 kilometers can be made to the well where the slaves had to perform the last washing and cleaning rituals before being boarded.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel Safari or similar

Day 8  Lome

Agbodrafo’s beach is home to the local fishermen. In the early morning and late afternoon they bring back their catch. Since lots of hands are needed, you may feel like helping them a bit. Or if you’re a real early bird, you may even feel like setting out with them in the very early morning hours to check on the nets. For those preferring a more quiet start of the day, spending some time at the beach to take in the views of daily fisherman’s life is a great option.

A slow return drive to Lomé, stopping to visit Glidji – one of Togo’s voodoo centers and home to an important annual festival. Stop in Aného to have lunch at Hotel Oasis on it’s seaside terrace before continuing on Lomé. The afternoon is at leisure – to visit the big market, the art’s market or just to relax at a swimming pool or at the beach. At a suitable time you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward journey.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel_Lomé

Included: Private transport in an air-conditioned four-wheel drive vehicle; English and/or French spoken guides, traveling with the party and/or local guides and assistants; 8 nights accommodations as mentioned in the itinerary (or similar, depending on availability); contributions to the Papillon emergency fund and the Papillon project fund – contributions to local projects – kola nuts and coins to pay respect to village chiefs and elders – related to the program –  all tourist taxes and entry fees related to all activities mentioned in the itinerary

Excluded: Additional side trips and/or excursions – upgrade for rooms, accommodations and transport – drinks and additional meals – tips – souvenirs and personal expenses

N.B. Please take into account that Togo is not yet very developed in terms of tourism. Hotels may therefore not always meet the standards you’re used to in Canada, Europe or other African countries. 

Climate: During the rainy season (July – September) in the north occasional heavy rains are possible; August usually being the month with the highest rainfall. April-June and mid-September till late-October are the rainy seasons in the south. Showers are usually short.

Please note: Prices and dates are subject to change at any time. Please call (647) 231-0067 or email us (info@africaonsafari.com) for current pricing.