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Togo

Main attractions

Mud house in Koutammakou, Togo
Mud house in Koutammakou / Erik Kristensen, , CC BY 2.0

This small Western African country has very interesting traditional architecture with round mud houses and granaries. Best examples are found in Koutammakou cultural region.

Natural landmarks

  • Akloa Falls (Aklowa, Badou Falls) - Plateaux. 35 m tall waterfall.
  • Kpalimé Falls (Kpime Cascade) - Plateaux. Some 100 m tall waterfall.

Man made landmarks

Rock art

  • Namoudjoga cave art - Savanes. Rock formation which is similar to mushroom, is adorned with four groups of rock paintings - animals, people, geometric symbols.
  • Sogou cave art - Savanes. 73 groups of cave paintings - symbols, animal figures, riders.

Caves with granaries

  • Bopak caves - Savanes. Group of caves with 70 old granaries from the 17th - 19th centuries built from mud, straw and stones. Caves have formed in the beautiful Bombouaka cliffs and in earlier times served as shelters. In earlier times here were found many interesting artefacts.
  • Mamproug caves - Savanes. Group of caves with 113 old (the 17th - 19th century) granaries built from mud, straw and stones.
  • Nôk caves - Savanes. Group of caves with 134 old granaries built from mud, straw and stones. Granaries are up to 2.5 m tall and were built in the 17th - 19th century.

Other man made landmarks

  • Faille d'Aledjo - Kara. Narrow road cut through the cliff. It is just enough wide to pass through lorries.
  • Koutammakou cultural landscape - Kara. Land of Batammariba people with unusual traditional architecture. Batammariba people build round mudhouses - towers (takienta), which often have two floors. Interesting are granaries, which have rounded mud roofs. Whole cultural landscape with sacred places, traditional agriculture and other features has been preserved up to this day.
  • Viale Palace - Plateau. Replica of medieval castle, built in the middle of the 20th century.
  • Woold Homé - Maritime, Agbodrafor. Historical house of slave trader, built shortly after 1835. In the cellars of this house were kept thousands of captives. Today this place serves as a reminder of these terrible times.

List of described attractions by regions

Togo is divided into 5 regions.

Centrale
Kara
Maritime
Plateaux
ArrowKpalimé FallsWaterfalls
Savanes

Map of Togo

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