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by WCC on March 10, 2012

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Togo – is in West Africa . Bordering countries are Benin to the east, Ghana to the west and Burkina Faso to the north. Togo, officially the Republic of Togo, a country in West Africa from Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends southward into the Gulf of Guinea, on which the capital Lomé is located. Togo has an area of 57,000 sq km (22,000 sq miles) with a population of about 6.7 million euros. Togo has a tropical climate, sub-Saharan countries, heavily dependent on agriculture, with a climate that provides good growing seasons. Although the official language is French, there are many other languages spoken in Togo, particularly those of the GbE family. The largest religious group in Togo are those with traditional beliefs, but there are significant Christian and Muslim minorities. Togo is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, the Francophonie and the Economic Community of West African States.

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Of 11 to the 16th Century occurred, various tribes of the region from all directions. Of 16 To 18th century Century, the coastal region, a large shopping center for Europeans in search of slaves, earning Togo and the surrounding region the name “The Slave Coast.” In 1884, Germany declared a protectorate in Togo. After the First World War, the reign of Togo to France has been transferred. Togo gained independence from France in 1960. In 1967 Eyadema led a military coup crowned success, after which he became president. After his death in 2005, Eyadema was the senior partner in modern African history, when he was president for 38 years. In 2005, his son, Faure Gnassingbe was elected chairman.

- Lome – Capital

Other objects
Togoville – the former capital
Tamberma – Villages at Kande (north of Kara)
Kpalimé – medium-sized city, about 120 km north of Lome, near the Ghanaian border. Arts center for Togo batik and carvings. Many attractions, beautiful mountain country.

Getting there
German citizens need a visa for entry. This will be issued immediately at the border for a fee of 10,000 CFA and is valid for 7 days. Who wants to stay longer in the country visa may be in Lomé renew. Alternatively, it is also possible before the arrival of a message in one of the member countries of the “entente touristique” a “VTE” (Visa touristique d’entente) to be issued. This is up to 3 months for the countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast , Niger and Togo valid. Recommended for travelers is the West Africa Embassy of Togo in Accra (Ghana), which Vibeke on the visa the same day for 30,000 CFA. The easiest way is probably to get to before entering the country in a Togolese Consulate in Germany for a visa. The cost is about 30, – €. The visa can not be applied for on the spot, the passport will be sent to the consulate. It is advisable to be redirected to inform the competent (Honorary), Consul of the current political situation and the necessary travel arrangements.

Air France flies to Lome several times a week. Other airlines are flying to Lome Air Afrique, Ethiopian Airlines and Royal Air Maroc. (11/2006)

Trains run throughout Togo no more, all tracks, trains and stations are in ruins.

Bus lines are right there just in Lomé. More common are “big taxis”. It is for minibuses, mostly Japanese brands, which are packed in a specific collection point until nothing fits more purely. A minimum cast of about 20 men is provided in addition to roof. Important is the date on which it is picked up on these buses. Not too early, otherwise you wait hours, even up to the driver believes the car was full and not too late, or any of the days transportation is completed. This is the günsigste and safely even entertaining way forward locally. For longer trips are usually held only once, so that passengers can stock up on food. (Toll Hefezöpfe are crunchy and bars in the north, you can also get cheese.)

To drive your own car outside the main north-south route is somewhat well-equipped for rally drivers. During the rainy season, the side roads are not passable during the dry season and also should have some experience in the “pothole” – bring Dodge. Spare parts are more for the older models. Technically gifted Togolese can certainly help with the repairs. There are gas stations in Lomé and go into the larger cities.

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French, Ewe (south), Kabiye (north) and indigenous languages of other ethnic groups in the region bordering Ghana in English. The Ewe is after the Study French language spoken in Togo. Their alphabet was written during the colonial period by the Germans. Previously, the Ewe, a re-€ speech. The alphabet has some letters other than the German alphabet, there exist in the Ewe sounds that do not exist in German.

To buy one get eigentich just about everything in Togo, not only in shops. There are many large markets, and of course the street vendors are everywhere. You get great addition to fruit and vegetables, the things that you need for everyday life, paper towels, shower gel, toothpaste, pens, CDs. For us Europeans, of course, the spices are very popular and beautiful, colorful cotton fabrics (youngest child). But there are few supermarkets, which in no way inferior to our – just smaller. Some of the products are very expensive there. Who is on vacation, for example, to “be” brand deodorant pay more than we do.

The Togolese cuisine is very good. It is cooked mainly with yam, maize porridge (Pate), gray-brown beans, rice or spaghetti.Meat is scarce and expensive. A typical Sunday dinner is fufu (pounded Yambrei) with spicy sauce that is prepared with red palm nut oil, or peanuts and swim in a few pieces of goat meat. You eat with your hand and not as common in Europe at the table with the whole family, but somewhere and often not at the same time. Milk and milk products are not common in Togo, but desires (There is an ice cream shops throughout the country called FanMilk chain, where you can buy fresh milk products). Other dishes include:

- Pate : Cooked polenta with a sauce of slimy Gombos and dried fish. Very widely used and appreciated the Togolese meal.
- beans with gari : Grey-brown beans cooked with gari (roasted cassava grater, grain color, hard) and to red with pimento (chilli like spice) spicy palm nut oil.

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- rice and beans
- cooked spaghetti with spicy pimento sauce and Yamsstücken

This is just a selection that is based on the most commonly eaten food in the south of the country. In the north, the kitchen mixed with oriental influences.

Previously, the Togolese also ate other animals than it is today. Due to the domination of Europeans animals such as dogs, cats, bats have been displaced from the menu, but even today some people still eat the meat (it tastes not bad at all by the way). Also, the meat of field rats and so-called agouti (a rodent) like to eat. In the markets of Togo are found today even apples and all kinds of fresh vegetables and potatoes, Maggi cubes and a variety of spices. The rarer the product, however, the higher the price.

- Sodabis
Palm Brandy burn like the Togolese privately in the fields. You can get it cheap to buy in the country. The single best thing you ask on one of the markets for, as will open the high-proof fabric usually not provided because this is not always burn completely legal.
Legally, however, is the palm wine is drunk from coconut halves. It is a brown, slightly frothy drink that is served with sugar.

The school system is similar as possible to the schools in France. There are afternoon classes, school uniforms and the Wednesday afternoon is free. The primary schools in Togo are state and free. Children in colorful uniforms are therefore seen in the afternoon and in the smaller towns. The problem: The government insists that the lessons take place in French. Since especially in rural areas mainly of their own spoken language, especially the children do not understand much of what they get taught. This creates the impression that behind the choir in the spoken “oui” is often a big question mark.

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According to thin the interest to visit a secondary school. These are not represented as often and less heavily visited as the children are also at an age where the parents are instructed at home for their assistance.
It is a university in Lomé and in Kpalimé.

Stay healthy
Yellow fever vaccination is required, malaria prophylaxis is also useful – as well as vaccinations against hepatitis and typhoid. Latest information is obtained in tropical medicine and public health departments in the larger city / port health authorities. Experience shows, however, that even a malaria prophylaxis protects only partially against malaria, and often still are attenuated symptoms observed (eg doxycycline). Tap water should always be avoided, since it is often contaminated. A cheaper alternative is water in plastic bags (available everywhere, called “pure water”, 0.5 liters for 25 francs cfa cent or 4). Look for in bottles that the seal is intact. For fresh foods (fruits, vegetables, etc.) is: “Cook it, peel it or leave it” (Eng. cook it, peel it or leave it).

The climate is tropical, hot and humid all year round. There are two seasons: The rainy season extends roughly from April to October, August is the coolest month with temperatures around 30 ° C. From November to March as the dry season, with midday temperatures around 40 ° C and humidity of the coastal ranges of 90% . In the dry season, dust blowing from the Sahara across the country.

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