Cycle Guide Togo

A small, but long country. Pass through it in one day, or explore the inner depths more inland. The country offers an interesting history of their Voodoo religion. The people are very friendly, but also very poor. You can expect some begging.

Visa

You can get a 7-day visa at some borders. An extension of 21 days can be obtained in Lome (OSM) or Kara (OSM).

Benin, Cotonou

iOverlander / OSM

  • 1 month
  • 2 month
Ghana, Accra

iOVerlander / OSM

  • 1 month, single entry, CFA  35.000
Other

Quick facts

 

Language French, local languages 
Currency CFA (2019: €1 = CFA 655) 
Religion Islam, Christianity, Voodoo 
Climate Tropical 
SIM card Togocell
GDP-rank #182 (of 192 countries)

 

Border crossings

See & Do

Koutammakou

iOverlander 

Next to the stately mountains, a village with traditional tata houses – small mud castels – is still doing business the old way.

Coastline

OSM

Explore the vibrant coastline by visiting Cotonou, Coco Beach or Lac Togo.

Waterfall

iOVerlander

Find refreshment under the rumbling waterfall near Kpalime.

Sleeping

Wild camping

Possible, but there are lots of people everywhere, so consider asking permission first.

Formal Camping

A great way of meeting locals and sleeping in your own comfortable bed. Ask anyone in a village and they will search a spot for you.

Ho(s)tels

Most cities have accommodation. Room with fan should be around 5.000 CFA, with AC a bit more. Expect bucket showers.

WS / CS

Not very common, only big cities offer CS hosts.

Other

Bike shops

Unknown, but the best chances are somewhere in Lome.

Food & Drinks
  • Onroad: Omeltte+bread / Spaghetti (±800CFA) 
  • Local food: Fufu, Akume 
  • Local drink: Palm wine
Safety

Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities.

Routes
  • Kpalime to Nadoba (gpx)

Video

Blog

#21 – The last few days in West Africa

I order a spaghetti with one egg in the early morning. The sun is up already, letting me sweat and searching for a shadow. The heat is playing with my appetite, as I can’t finish the meal. Back on the bike, it sometimes feel as if the heat becomes more […]

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#19 – Chasing my drone in Togo

In the morning I crossed the border from Ghana to Togo. Happy as I was, I could use my drone again, and so I did. Someone must have seen me and told it to the police at a checkpoint. When I arrived there they searched my bags untill they found […]

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