Togo might not be the first destination that comes to mind when thinking of a trekking trip, however its remote villages in the Atakora Mountains offer a very unique mix of culture and trekking in a truly remote and little visited part of the world.
Home to the Tamberma people, who sought refuge in the area to escape the slave trade, villages of the Atakora Mountains are characterised by a peculiar architecture in the form of fortified dwellings similar to medieval castles. Built of mud, these fortresses present thick walls, watchtowers and spy holes as well as a number of symbolic meanings associated to the structure of the buildings. Walking from village to village, the journey through this otherworldly landscape is a remarkable experience, which captured the imagination of Le Corbusier who defined the dwellings as “sculptural architecture”.
Togo is also characterised by a dry landscape, home to baobabs and palm trees and especially when combined with Ghana, the dramatic difference of landscapes makes for a fascinating trekking destination.