Living in Togo

Togo is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea, where its capital Lomé is located. The currency used in Togo is the Franc CFA (FCFA). French is the official language, but the other two main national languages are Ewe and Kabyè.


Motos are plentiful throughout the capital, and a good distance on a moto will cost you 300CFA. Taxis can be rented from around 800CFA and up, with 2000CFA getting you basically anywhere in town. There are route taxis, costing normally 200-400CFA. Public buses (SOTRAL) pass along the main roads of Lomé and the tickets cost 150 to 350 FCFA.


Togo is probably one of the nicest places in Western Africa. Roads are pretty good, distances small, beaches sandy and white, people friendly, hills and mountains waiting to be explored. The capital city, Lomé is an excellent place to start your trip. Lots of daytrips can be made to Togoville on the borders of Lake Togo or Aneho.

When you go north Kpalime and its beautiful hilly surroundings deserve a visit. Continue further north if you are into hiking. Kara is the place to go. Nearby is Tamberma Valley which has intriguing castle like structures known as Tatas. The national parks of Fazao and Keran offer good opportunities to view wildlife.


The climate is generally tropical with average temperatures ranging from 27°C on the coast to about 30°C in the northernmost regions, with a dry climate and characteristics of a tropical savanna. To the south there are two seasons of rain (the first between April and July and the second between October and November).