Another highlight is Togo’s melting-pot culture. The fortified compounds of Koutammakou are a reminder that the country’s ethnically diverse population didn’t always get along, but nowadays voodoo, Muslim, Christian and traditional festivals crowd the calendar and are often colourful celebrations for all.
The cherry on top is Lome, the low-key yet elegant capital, with its large avenues, tasty restaurants and throbbing nightlife not to mention the splendid beaches on its doorstep.
Parc National de Fazao-Malfakassa
The park was run by the Swiss organisation Fondation Franz Weber until 2015 and handed over to the Togolese government, but at the time of writing the park’s future was undetermined, as protection from poachers dwindled in 2016 and the delicate fauna of the park was under threat. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.