Starting from Togo to Benin and Burkina Faso in january 2013
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 20, 2012 7:41 AM Last Post By: skunkman44
Nov 19, 2012 2:53 AM
sorry my english....
now I have a aeroplane ticket from Berlin by Casablanca to Lome. I _hope so that I will have a visa on aeroport for one week (15euros?). After I think about get a visa touristique Entente ( 25 000?)* because I will go to Benin and B.Faso.
I need some info, and , please, maybe somebody can give me more interesting think and so :
1. Lome, (for get visa and visit fetish market... ) what about mobile telephone SIM cart for sms from Togo, Benin, B.F.?, hotel Galion is good idea?
2. Agbodrafo and Togoville ist easy to get a boat? for how much (10 000 ???go and come back), half a day trip is good?
3. Its possible from Agbodfafo or from Aneho go to Quinah ( not to Cotonou!!!), maybe better from Lome to Quinah or the first go to Cotonou and next to Quinah.........???? For me the best is from Aneho to Quinah. What about it?
4.What about a good and cheap hotel in Quinah? Are there the banks - change money ( $ or euros)?
5.Hotel in Abomey, not expensive but simple and good?
6.Ganvie for one day trip from Cotonou is good idea, how get a boat and how much it?
7. Hotel in Cotonou good, cheap....etc.?
8. I want go by bus from Cotonou to Natingnou, how visit this region ( I am alone woman) I need a car and guide, I hope I will have about two, tree days? Hotel?
9.What about transport ( buses) direct from Natingou to Ouag? Rakieta? STMB?....TSR?.....
10.Hotel in Ouag.?
11. it is possible travel from Bobo to Gaoua or from Gaoua to Bobo direct?
12. When i will buy the ticket two ways is it cheaper?
13. Hotels in Gaoua and Bobo?
14 Is possible to visit Mare aux Poissons Sacre, I am one, so I need a guide or a car. From Dafra its easy? ( To Dafra I hope there are the taxies).....it s half a day trip? How do it?
15Ceremonie Moro Naba Palce It s interesting? How I can see it? Can i have a permition to do the photos?
16.Gorom- Gorom , its easy to go , it is danger now this region? What about sleeping (hotel) in Gorom- Gorom,and in Dori?
I have a big plan for 27 days, so please if somebody can anserw for some of my questions I will be happy , THANKS!!!
Nov 19, 2012 3:31 AM
11. You can't get a VTE in Lome, you can only get it in Burkina Faso, so you will need to get a Benin visa in Lome. SIM cards are easy & cheap, get one on arrival in each country. Personally I'd prefer to stay just out of Lome at Chez Alice run by a German Swiss lady
8. There are buses but it's a long way north, I would break the trip somewhere, no need for a guide as such. Natitingou doesn't have much in the way of hotels & you don't state your budget but Le Vieux Chevalier wasn't bad as a cheap option. When you're in Natitingou find a taxi & negotiate with him for good price for the day
9. Bus to Ouaga from Natitingou is another LONG ride, I would think Rakieta might do this journey. But break it up, spend a night in Fada N'Gourma for example ... do NOT travel at night in Africa, the roads are dangerous
10. Again we don't know your budget, I usually stay in Hotel Samaritan which is budget but last time I was there it was needing some maintenance ... there are lots of places in Ouaga - try Hotel Azaaba for something a bit better!
Nov 19, 2012 4:09 AM
Nov 19, 2012 4:18 AM
Nov 19, 2012 5:50 AM
the first I saw info in book guide de Bradt West Africa, but now on: www.togo-tourism.com.
If You know someting else, pease write. Thanks. The best for You. Grace
Nov 19, 2012 8:48 AM
5Maybe the VTE has become available again: you will only know for sure when you get there and ask. Anyway, you are right that Service des Etrangers et Passports is outside the centre.
2. I thought that Togoville was a bit of a rip-off. I took a taxi-brousse to the boat terminal, which was fine. Then the boat wanted to charge me a special foreigner fare, much more than the amount the taxi-driver had told me it would cost. I got him involved in the discussion, and eventually we reached some compromise. On arrival, I found that there was an admission fee to the village: yes, CFA 10,000. I told them that I could not afford that much, and they agreed that I could visit for what I could afford. The fee included a guide, who was helpful and friendly. Afterwards I tried to tip him, and he insisted that any money should be paid to the cooperative who charge the admission fee: a good sign. Anyway, I have been in lots of villages in that part of the world and Togoville is not all that special: nothing to justify such a high entrance charge.
3. I have never heard of Quinah (and I used to live in Benin): is there another name for this place?
6. Ganvie is a good idea. There is a recognised landing-stage out in Abomey-Calavi (on the outskirts of Cotonou) so if you fight the traffic to get there then you are sure of finding a boat. The nice but expensive option: Hotel du Lac run a boat that goes all the way there across the lagoon, takes you round, and then back again. Find people to share the cost of the boat or it will be very expensive for you.
8. Again, you need to find people to share costs, otherwise getting a car for just one person will cost a fortune.
Nov 19, 2012 10:34 PM
Nov 20, 2012 4:46 AM
7Ouidah is on the main road to Cotonou. If you are coming from Lome or elsewhere in southern Togo, just get something going to Cotonou and ask them to drop you in Ouidah.
There are several places to stay there, some of which are cheap and pleasant but did not provide mosquito nets. So for that reason I went somewhere more up-market that had air-conditioning, and which I do not recommend.
Nov 20, 2012 7:41 AM
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