EPS 17. Togo: 24 HOURS in one of the smallest countries of Africa

One country. 24 hours. No time to lose. How we crossed Togo within 24 hours and tried to see as much as possible of one of the smallest nations in Africa. 

No man’s land between Ghana and Togo was not much more than small tracks. And we again found the smallest border post available. – Is this immigration? – Yes, yes! Togo hands out visas on arrival. 

But it took a very long time for the officers to issue them. 45 degrees, no food all day – We all started to feel really dizzy. That’s why we had lunch for champions, even if it was already 5 p.m. Electrolyte mixed with water and power bars. 

The immigration officers told us that the customs office was very close. “Just down the road,” they said. We were getting closer to civilization but still no customs. Only 15 kilometers later, we approached a roadblock. 

Bonjour. – Where are you going today? – Bonjour. – Bonjour. – How are you? – Fine, how are you? Me, never not making sure who is responsible for the worst French possible. – Are your customs? Also, always being all over the place and dropping everything like it’s hot. 

Where you come from now? – Now we’re coming from Wli. – You want our documents? – Yes. – Our Carnet de Passage? Yes. And I not explaining how to handle our custom documents.  

Good morning from our little paradise place that we found yesterday. Unfortunately, our stay is over soon because we’re going to Benin today. 

Togo covers 57,000 square kilometers, making it one of the smallest countries in Africa with a population of about eight million people. It’s as well, one of the narrowest counties in the world with a width of fewer than 115 kilometers. 

Our ride from the border to the border would be roughly 200 kilometers. (upbeat music) Do you remember our journey to Tiwai National Park in Sierra Leone? And the boat trip I feared for my life? Yes, this boat was made out of a Kapok tree like this. 

Or in English, cotton tree. We found one of these cool trees here that have these massive roots and I think you can’t even tell how big they are, only when you’re getting close to them. 

The last kilometers in Togo took us back on a brand new paved highway with a special sideway for motorcyclists because they don’t need to pay road tolls. Before arriving at the border, we decided to stop for a last drink in Togo. 

We went through the same border procedure as always. There is not a huge book where all of our data is written down safely. And me, never not pretending that I have a clue to speed up customs procedures. 

My travel partner, by the way, always just relaxes while I’m earning the reputation as the most annoying traveler around. 

Do you guys think that’s fair? Our stop in Togo was a very brief one, unfortunately. We only had 24 hours in Togo and we continue to Benin now. 

Thanks for joining the journey through Togo. We are getting closer to the end of this stage of our West Africa trip. 

The immigration officers told us that the customs office was very close. “Just down the road,” they said. We were getting closer to civilization but still no customs. Only 15 kilometers later, we approached a roadblock. 

Bonjour. – Where are you going today? – Bonjour. – Bonjour. – How are you? – Fine, how are you? Me, never not making sure who is responsible for the worst French possible. – Are your customs? Also, always being all over the place and dropping everything like it’s hot. 

EXPEDITION NORTH: A motorcycle journey from Switzerland to Nordkapp

The last episode will take us to Benin where we met voodoo priests, joined a voodoo ceremony, and needed to find a safe parking spot to store our motorcycles. Subscribe, like, and comment for the grand finale.

What if a pandemic hit the world? And what if all of your plans would get screwed up? Maybe that would be a time to adjust. 

A time to widen the horizon. For me, it was a time not to go south as planned but to go to the remote north. 

An adventure to Europe’s barely inhabited places and its last big secrets.

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