The landscape and scenery of the north of Togo is really quite different to that of the coastal areas, and although this part of the country certainly isnít as easy to get to, itís worth making the trip if you want to explore more of the culture and scenery.
The main attraction here is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, called Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba. This is a cultural landscape where you can see traditional mud tower houses that are still the preferred mode of building today. The homes are called Takienta, and they have become one of the national symbols of Togo.
National Parks in Togo
Togo isnít best known for its national parks, but they do present a more unique experience for anyone visiting the country. This is because they are not frequently visited by tourists, so youíll have a more authentic experience. Fazao Mafakassa National Park is in the central mountains of Togo and being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the Keran National Park is in the north.
The capital and largest city of Togo is Lome and it has a good selection of tourist attractions. These include attractive architecture, and some more unusual attractions such as the Akodessewa Fetish Market where you can find everything to do with voodoo fetishes and magical objects, making this quite a bizarre attraction!
A more typical attraction is Lome Cathedral, dating from just prior to World War 1 and itís quite striking with its red and white stuccoed faÁade. The cathedral is close to the Grand Market where you can find the more usual items for sale, such as fruit and vegetables, clothing, handicrafts and souvenirs.
Beaches in Togo
Finally, you can come to Togo and enjoy some of the beaches along the coast. The sandy beaches area attractive but be aware that the waters can be quite rough.