The Republic of Togo is a sub-Saharan nation situated in West Africa bordered by Burkina Faso, Benin, and Ghana. Togo's capital is Lomé, located in the Gulf of Guinea. A blast experience with the indigenous people in Togo will be one of the highlights of your travel in the country. Togo is a multilingual country because of the presence of diverse ethnicities, but the official language is French because of the French colony. It gained independence from France in 1960. Togolese people experience a semiarid in the north and tropical climate in the south. It might be one of the smallest countries in Africa, but its charming attractions invite people worldwide. There are so many beautiful things that would unfold once you visit the country. In fact, beaches, bustling markets, meeting indigenous people, and thrilling activities are the things that you must be looking forward to once you land in their beautiful country.
1. A Melting Pot of Indigenous PeopleAn unforgettable moment of the journey every time you visit a foreign country is meeting the people. In Togo, there are many indigenous people such as Batammariba, Ewe, Mina, and the Kabre people that you might encounter and witness on their typical day. You will surely admire how their religious beliefs aim to have a harmonious and balanced life. The diverse population of Togolese makes the country have a rich culture. They might have different practices and beliefs, but they reflect unity despite their differences. There is also the presence of other religions such as Christianity and Muslim, but the people remained attached to their ancestral customs. That's why they still don't lose the heritage of the past, and considered it a gift from their ancestors.
2. The Country is Rich in Performing Arts Togo is blessed with performing arts, thanks to the presence of many indigenous tribes. The indigenous music and dances significantly present the uniqueness of their arts. The traditional dance of Togolese remains alive and active in the country and often plays a vital role in their religious and social lives. You would notice that percussion instruments are usually used in celebrating their occasions and different dances such as adesu (hunter's dance), and war dances. Their vibrant performing arts make the Togolese people trace their origins and help them to establish their cultural identities.
3. The Traditional Mud Tower-housesThe heart and serve as the symbol of the country shouldn't be missed when visiting their country. These symbols are the captivating architecture of their houses. It is truly an awe-inspiring house because it is not the usual houses that can be seen nowadays. The mud tower-house of the Batammariba people is far different from the modern one. They can be found on the land of Batammariba tribes in the Koutammakou in the north-eastern of Togo. The landscape of the village becomes a remarkable representation of the country. Wandering around Koutammakou would show you that many two-story mud houses feature a spherical form. Others have flat roofs, and others have conical thatched roofs. The houses are grouped according to different purposes in the village, it may be for ceremonies and other things. These tangible symbols of their traditions would surely draw your attention.
4. The Public Display of AffectionOne of the Togolese people's etiquettes is the minimal public show of affection, and only men are allowed to hold hands in public. Opposite genders are not encouraged to show a public display of affection. The courting should be done secretly, and in private, it is not arranged by the parent, but in other tribes such as Tchama, parents are the ones who are arranging the courtship.
5. The Marvelous Beauty of NatureThe nature of Togo is enchanting, and you would miss life if you haven't visited its palm-fringed beaches, dreamy hills, lush greens of the forests, and the exhilarating activities offered by nature. The comforts you find on the beaches also provide you privacy and lovely moments because you can definitely enjoy your stay in the country. It might not be as famous as other beaches in the world, but it definitely offers the best experience. Hiking the mountains would be one of the things that you must look forward to because it is a great privilege to spend your time on the hills and a great spot to overlook the gorgeous city of the country on the top. Such a marvelous views everywhere.
6. The Busy Life in the Markets The capital city of Togo, Lome, cannot be skipped when you are already in the country because it is where you will witness the different vibrant markets on the streets. It would be perfect for travelers to visit these markets and buy the souvenirs and unique traditional hand made products. Talking with the sellers and the locals will make you feel their friendliness. The market also offers wholesome, savory foods. You will see how the typical day of the locals in the market would go by. The busy life of the markets would lift your spirit up and invite you to roam around and see the unusual, unique, and surprising things only in the markets of Togo.