Togo was once called the Pearl of West Africa. The serene beaches, exotic culture, and hospitable Togolese make the country an attractive tourist destination for those wishing to discover the less explored areas of Africa.
While Togo’s history is shrouded in bloodshed and turmoil, the Togo of today is slowly recovering from its traumatic experiences. With the new government’s effort in rehabilitating and revitalizing the country, now is a great time to experience tourism in Togo. Be prepared to traverse hilly landscapes, experience diverse cultures, and taste unique flavors as you go around the country.
The people of Togo are mostly ethnic Africans, with 99% of the population coming from one of the 37 represented tribes of Togo – the three largest of which are the Ewe, the Mina, and the Kabre. About 51% of the Togolese practice indigenous beliefs, followed by Christianity at 29% and Islam at 20%.
The official language of Togo is French, which is also the language used for commerce in the country. Other languages spoken are Ewe and Mina, the two major dialects spoken in the south; and Kabye and Dagomba, the two major dialects spoken in the north.
If you’re planning to bring along electronic gadgets to Togo, make sure that they run on 220 V and 50 Hz. The standard plug types are those with two round pins (types C, E, and F), which may require adapters for your electronic devices.
Togo is just a small country in Africa, but it can offer a lot to tourists that come its way. Visiting Togo is an exciting opportunity that has just been recently made possible.