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Togo

Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bounded by Burkina Faso to the north, Benin to the east and Ghana to the west. In the south, it has a short Gulf of Guinea coast, on which the capital Lomé is located, right next to the border with Ghana.

The country itself is a narrow strip of land that rises behind coastal lagoons and swampy plains to an undulating plateau. Northwards, the plateau descends to a wide plain irrigated by the River Oti. The central area is covered by deciduous forest while savannah stretches to the north and south. In the east, the River Mono runs to the sea; long sandy beaches shaded by palms characterise the coastline between Lomé and Cotonou in Benin.

Togo's wildlife parks include the Fazao National Park outside Sokodé, the Kéran National Park near Kara and the Fosse aux Lions (Lions' Den) southwest of Dapaong.

Togo's capital, Lomé, is the only capital in the world which is situated right next to a border. The city itself is a mixture of the traditional (especially around the Grand Marché) and the modern. The fetish market, with its intriguing voodoo charms, lotions and potions, is an interesting place to wander. There are numerous nightclubs; most serve food and are open until the early hours for dancing to a mixture of West African and Western popular music.

Map of Togo