The Mountains of Togo
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I have been told many times the mountains around Kpalimé are a highlight of Togo, so I make my way there, and am not at all disappointed. Kpalimé itself is a mountain town with a bustling market where I resupply, before heading up the nearest mountain and eventually winding my way along a road that directly follows the Togo/Ghana border. A couple of times my GPS says I’m actually on the Ghana side of the border, though without the stamp in my passport I don’t think it counts.
Every single person is extremely friendly, immediately bidding me welcome and waiving enthusiastically. People don’t ask for anything, and since entering I have noticed Togo is much cleaner than the countries I have been to recently.
I’m on a mission to get somewhere in particular high in the mountains, and pick the smallest roads I can find in order to get there. On one road I come across a bridge with some very dubious looking planks of wood covering large holes. I think about it for a long time and in the end decide it’s not worth messing with. The consequences of dropping even one corner of the Jeep through the bridge are serious, so I turn around and find a different way up and into the mountains.
Happily that brings me to an even bigger, more impressive bridge that is perfectly fine to drive across.