Tours to Togo, an unrepeatable experience worth living
Tours to Togo is definitely worth doing, travel to Africa means unrepeatable experiences. Togo, a small town overlooking the Gulf of Guinea between Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso, is often associated with that of Benin. The populations of the two countries are in fact very similar and welcome the visitor with the same kindness and the same open-mindedness. Togo is inhabited by about 40 populations: in the south, voodoo represents the culture for excellence of daily life; to the north, the Tambermas live in beautiful clay castles.
Forests, hills and long beaches are the landscape of Togo. The Togolese palm groves are mainly made up of coconut palms and to the west there is a small mountain range whose walls are covered by equatorial vegetation (with the production of coffee and cocoa). The plateau of the Kabye countries recalls the Atakora massif in Benin, but the strong population density has allowed a greater mix of cultures. Finally, the plain of northern Togo is a voltaic type.
Tours to Togo, Africa worth experiencing
Lomé, the capital of Togo, stretches across the sea for about ten kilometres between the border with Ghana and the new port. Its heart, the old city, is colonial-style with wide avenues. A pleasant city, in which to stroll around low houses, surrounded by a colourful crowd, all kinds of different vehicles and street sellers; a city where to stop before the small shops or workshops of the wood or iron craftsmen. The visit of the three-storey building located at the heart of the Grand Marché always turns into lively discussions with the dynamic and friendly Togolese matrons. In the evening, caressed by a pleasant breeze, you can safely wonder at the beach accompanied by the rustle of coconut palms.
The land of voodoo
Voodoo is the traditional religion of southern Togo and Benin, it is the most deeply rooted in the local culture as showed by multiple the temples, altars and fetishes everywhere. At the heart of the villages, the adepts use to gather on particular occasions: the dances begin after collective praise and propitiatory sacrifices honouring the Gods. The feticheur are seated alongside the fetishes; the women’s songs accompany the rhythm of the tamtam which becomes more and more frenetic, while some of the participants fall into a deep trance state, physically marked by a form of catatonia, with strong muscle rigidity and insensitivity to pain. During the trance, a particular altered state of consciousness, the participants come into contact with the spirits.
In the Highlands region, the landscape of Togo changes appearance. Vast and meagre pastures with a few rocks here and there vanish into a little more dense vegetation; after a few kilometres a mountainous landscape emerges, beyond the valley of Kara, in the heart of the Kabye country, home to peasants living in houses often made of stone, scattered in the fields among large trees of kapok, mangoes, teak, palm trees and baobabs. To cultivate the little land left available by the rocks, the Kabye, tireless workers, have adopted the terraced agricultural system. Throughout this region, pools of water form small oases.
A track leads to the Tamberma, a population that has found refuge for many centuries at the foot of the Atakora mountains, a place that is hard to reach and therefore has allowed them to protect themselves from the slave traders. Large phallic fetishes protect the entrances of their houses, which architecture is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Africa, with fortified houses that are real small clay castles built on three levels. In the north the Moba live in small villages spread over a vast territory, they stay in circular clay houses with a conical thatched roof and a wall that surrounds and protects the huts of the family.