ABOUT This is one of the smallest countries in Africa, but make no mistake, Togo is proof that small is beautiful. The Togolese bind quite easily friendship and let visitors easily participate in their daily lives. The visitor always knows he is welcome. The ecstatic natural beauty of Togo and the picturesque beaches have provided a great revenue support to the Togo Tourism Industry the comely effect of the coastal beaches provide an ever lasting impression and a memory to cherish with. Apart from the various water sports and beach sports, deep sea fishing in the Guinea coast is also a favorite past time. Though Togo may take up only a sliver of the West African coastline, it has become one of the most popular destinations on the continent. There is nothing small about what this country and its people have to offer visitors.

CLIMATE It is best to visit Togo during its cooler months April to July and September to November but it is still quite hot. From December to January, the Harmattan wind blows from the north. The rainy season lasts from April to July. Short rains occur from October to November. The driest and hottest months are February and March, which are also the best months to visit.

BEWARE You should avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings (including political rallies and demonstrations) anywhere in the country as they could quickly become violent. Outbreaks of civil unrest could occur at anytime; in the past demonstrators have targeted expatriates. You should monitor developments through the local media. The sea front area in Lomé, particularly around the Hotel Sarakawa is dangerous and you should avoid this area as far as possible. Pick-pocketing and theft are common, especially along the beach and in the market areas of Lomé. Some taxis are poorly maintained, and you should take particular care when seeking to use one. Attacks on pedestrians happen in broad daylight as well as at night. You should enter and exit public places such as restaurants in groups rather than on your own. Crime is increasing in Lomé. Local authorities warn of a rise in violent robberies and car-jacking incidents targeting both foreigners and Togolese alike. Togolese authorities have also warned motorists to only stop for individuals in uniform, particularly after dark. You should avoid travelling alone where possible even within Lomé city limits, especially after dark. There have been reports of people being killed when attempting to resist car-jackings. It is generally better not to resist armed attack. If it is necessary to travel by car at night you should do so in a convoy of at least two cars. You should stop at all control points on request, turn on interior vehicle lights and only continue when permission has been given to do so.