Togo is known as the “Pearl of West Africa,” and even though it is just a slither in the multitude of countries that make up the West Africa region, a visit here will reveal how this small yet charming nation can stake a claim to this name. Possessing only about 35 miles of coast, the nation nevertheless has pristine beaches with pearly white crystalline sand. Travel north away from the shore and you are met with lush and verdant tropical rainforest which gives way to the dry savanna that is typical of the interior of sub-Saharan Africa.
The Gulf of Guinea presents admirable warm seas, which wash the superb sandy beaches of Togo. If you are looking to experience a relaxing beach vacation with an unforgettable African twist, then Togo is certainly the place to head for. With a hot and dry climate with an average annual temperature of a warm yet forgiving 81°F and hardly a drop of rain, Togo boasts inviting weather for enjoying the coast. Inland, the country’s tropical environment presents wonderful eco-tourism potential, from going on ranger-led vehicle safari tour to taking the opportunity to hike the landscape.
Accommodation options are plentiful in Togo. You will find a range of places to stay in the capital and several beach resorts along the coast. All offer excellent service that meet western standards. To be closer to nature, you can stay in one of the purpose-built, eco-lodges which are designed to provide the best experiences for those seeking a truly African experience. Togo has seen an increase in tourism in recent years as visitors have begun to discover the wonderful charms and unforgettable experiences it has to offer.
This part of Africa has a mostly tropical climate because of its proximity to the ocean and the equator - but the northern region of Togo gives way to a semi-arid savanna climate. Togo really only has two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. Temperatures are slightly cooler near the coast (low 80°F's) compared to that of the interior (high 80°F's) on average. Despite annual rainfall being pretty minimal, the wet season in Togo lasts for approximately seven months (technically there are two we seasons, November-September and April-July). December is the driest month that Togo experiences and is generally regarded as the best time to visit the country.
Togo is a fairly small country and extremely accessible. You will arrive in the main airport, situated in the capital city of Lome, and from here it is possible to reach anywhere in the country. If you wish, you can use the limited but dependable public transportation system, or if you prefer, you can rent your own vehicle from Lome. Otherwise, you may wish to consider arranging transport with a tour company that can provide packages to get you around for the duration of your stay.
- Spend a day, or several days, at one of Togo’s sublime beaches
- Take a hike in the mystifying hills of the Kpalime region
- Go on a nature safari tour with an experienced eco-guide in an off-road vehicle
- Learn more about voodoo culture around Lake Togo
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of mud-tower houses in the Tamberma Valley
- Go whale-watching in the Gulf of Guineau