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Birding tours

Ashanti organise birding tours to Togo.

Guides

There are no birding guides known in Togo, although some of the guides at the Kéran National Park are knowledgeable about the larger species of birds.

Trip reports

There are no trip reports for Togo.

Logistics

Independent birders can fly into Lomé from Paris and other major centres and the airport is served by several European and African airlines. It is also possible to fly via Accra in Ghana and Cotonou in Benin and travelling from the US will necessitate a change in Accra, Dakar in Senegal, or in Europe.

Both Accra and Cotonou are about three hours by car from Lomé on asphalt roads and bush taxis operate between them daily. Most major roads are sealed but this is not the case off the beaten track and a 4WD may be required. Driving at night is not recommended..

Safety

See the following 2 websites or your own local embassy website for safety and travel information: US Travel and UK FCO.

Safety issues encountered are no different from those met in many other African countries. Guidebooks, travel companies and websites provide much of the advice one needs, but some key points warrant repetition here. (1) be aware of the risk of malaria, seek current advice, sleep in a sealed tent or under a net and take prophylaxis as recommended. (2) always ensure you have sufficient water and some method of purification (even if this comprises a pot and a campfire for boiling). (3) do not underestimate the danger of being in the sun too long. Ensure you use sun-block and drink plenty of water, and wear a hat. (4) The incidence of Aids is high. (5) Ensure that you take a reasonably-equipped first-aid pack with you including supplies of hypodermic and suturing needles.

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