Backpacking in Togo: Touring Togoville and the Shrine to Pope John Paul II

Backpacking in Togo: Touring Togoville and the Shrine to Pope John Paul II

Togoville is a lakeside town in southern Togo, lying on the northern shore of Lake Togo which we visted as part of our trip to Togo and Benin in 2018. It was originally known as Togo, then Togoville and later of course is how the country of Togo took its name. Togo took its name Read more about Backpacking in Togo: Touring Togoville and the Shrine to Pope John Paul II[…]

Crossing Lake Togo from (Unknown southern town) to Togoville

Backpacking in Togo: Crossing Lake Togo to Togoville

“It really really really could happen” – Damon Albarn. One of the most remarkable sights in Togo is Lake Togo. It is a natural lake in the east of the country. While staying in Coco Beach Hotel just East of Lome, I organised a guided tour with well known tour guide Jeremies. Jeremies and our Read more about Backpacking in Togo: Crossing Lake Togo to Togoville[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 5 Bars in Benin

On my latest west Africa trip, we visited Togo and Benin while also veering across the border (yet unvisiting) Ghana. In Benin, we visited 4 main cities – ee toured Cotonou in some detail as well as backpacking the UNESCO world heritage site at Abomey, the slave history at Ouidah and the capital city of Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Top 5 Bars in Benin[…]

Backpacking in Benin: Visiting the Capital City, Porto Novo "Baby"

Backpacking in Benin: Visiting the Capital City, Porto Novo “Baby”

“Fly me down to capital city in the sun”- Noel Gallagher. It came as more of a shock to my travel friend Malina than me that the muddy, agricultural hub known collectively as Porto Novo is the capital of Benin. I guess I kind of expected it. Having witnessed some unusual capital cities on my Read more about Backpacking in Benin: Visiting the Capital City, Porto Novo “Baby”[…]

Bottom 7 Countries to Backpack In From My Round the World Journey

“You’re turning every modern theory on its head” – Super Furry Animals. Travel is a journey that takes us to many different places around the world. Not all of them are inspiring, some of them are painful memories, some are bad timing, some bad luck, some bad judgement. Many of them are surprising places that Read more about Bottom 7 Countries to Backpack In From My Round the World Journey[…]

Backpacking in Togo: Top 6 Sights In Lomé, The Capital

Backpacking in Togo: Top 6 Sights In Lomé, The Capital

“I bless the rains down in Africa” – Toto. I toured the vivacious capital of Togo with my Polish friend Malina. It was my first time in Togo, my 7th time in Africa and it was a whirlwind trip where we also toured Lake Togo, Coco Beach and Togoville. On the same trip, we border Read more about Backpacking in Togo: Top 6 Sights In Lomé, The Capital[…]

Backpacking in Benin: Top 8 Sights In Cotonou

Backpacking in Benin: Top 8 Sights In Cotonou

“Under neon loneliness; motorcycle emptiness” – Manic Street Preachers. Benin’s largest city, Cotonou is a sprawling fast-paced affair drenched in predictable West African mayhem. There is no exit door, once you’ve dumped your backpack in this monster. Don’t even think about it. Despite not holding capital city status, it’s the blood sucking beast of the Read more about Backpacking in Benin: Top 8 Sights In Cotonou[…]

Staying in Paradise at the Coco Beach Hotel, Togo

Staying in Paradise at the Coco Beach Hotel, Togo

“We sat and watched the sun go down. We picked a star before we lost the moon. Youth is wasted on the young; before you know it’s been and gone too soon ” – Robbie Williams. Togo is for sure one of the world’s hidden gems. It’s a country which inexplicably loses visiting numbers to Read more about Staying in Paradise at the Coco Beach Hotel, Togo[…]

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