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Togo, a West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages. Catamarca, inhabited by the Batammariba people, is a traditional settlement of fortresslike clay huts dating to the 17th century. In the capital, Lomé is the multistory Grand Marché bazaar and the Fetish Market, offering traditional talismans and remedies relating to the vodun (voodoo) religion.
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. What else do you need?
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; trekking and hiking in the area is wonderful.
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.
In an 1884 treaty signed at Togoville, Germany declared a protectorate over a stretch of territory along the coast and gradually extended its control inland.
This became the German colony Togoland, in 1905. After the German defeat during World War I in August 1914 at the hands of British troops (coming from the Gold Coast) and the French troops (coming from Dahomey), Togoland became a two League of Nations mandates, administered by the United Kingdom and France. After World War II, these mandates became UN Trust Territories.
The residents of British Togoland voted to join the Gold Coast as part of the newly independent nation of Ghana, and French Togoland became an autonomous republic within the French Union.
Togo’s size is just less than 57,000 square kilometres. It has a population of more than 7 million people, which is dependent mainly on agriculture. The mild weather makes for good growing seasons. Togo is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation.
Togo gained its independence from France in 1960. In 1967, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, the former leader of the country, led a successful military coup, after which he became President.
Eyadéma was the longest-serving leader in African history (after being president for 38 years) at the time of his death in 2005. In 2005, his son Faure Gnassingbé was elected president.
About a third of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.
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