Travel through from Ghana to Benin through Togo
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2006 1:09 PM Last Post By: superoscar
May 15, 2005 4:28 PM
I'm going to Ghana within 2 weeks to visit a friend of mine. We had planned to visit Benin just for a short while as well, and wanted to go by car (taxi) through Togo. BUT since the revolts over there, there has been a negative travelling advice (at least from Dutch authorities).. This week they changed their warning to "avoid if possible" and now I am wondering if there is anyone who has done this trip recently?? I mean, it will only take a few hours and we'll do it during daytime ofcourse. We're probably travelling with a friend from Benin as well.. anyone here with an update????
Oh, and is there anyone who knows what flying would cost approximately??? Can't find it on the internet....
I hope the situation won't get any worse within 3 weeks (hopefully better!!) and thanks in advance!!
May 15, 2005 10:31 PM
Don't be worried the road is going along the coast and the riots were inside the city. From Lomé which right on the border to Benin there is no city to cross. Few checkpoints but it goes very quickly the road is brand new! If I am not mistaken the trip from Lomé to Cotounou takes about 3 hours knowing you spend 30 min at the border!
May 15, 2005 11:22 PM
2The trip will be fast. Don't fly. It will cost you at least $200-300 roundtrip. There is no budget carrier in West Africa. The road will be bumpy, but stick with your benin friend and you'll be fine.
May 17, 2005 7:35 PM
3Homecore (#1), It's true that the road is along the coast, but it's also true that while the road runs along the beach, it is also a main thoroughfare in downtown Lome, which is right on the coast. Unless the bush taxi is completely filled with people going to Benin, it will probably stop in Lome, perhaps near the taxi depot close to the central market, which is not very far from the waterfront, to discharge or pick up passengers.
I was in Togo until the day before the death of their late president, but don't have any information as to what has been going on there since the immediate aftermath of their recent "election."
If I were in your position I would try phoning the Dutch embassy or consulate in Lome and ask someone there if they could give you a personal, unofficial, off-the-record idea of what they would advise a close friend to do under the circumstances.
The taxi ride through Togo, as #1 says, is normally quick and easy, but it's also true that foreigners
(not just whites) have been targeted in some of the disturbances.
This is all very sad, since is one of the friendliest countries I've ever been to.
May 18, 2005 4:39 PM
I am currently in Ghana, but was in Lome up until the election. I left to Benin 3 days before and was able to return to collect my things that I left in Togo only by going through Benin, Burkina and Ghana (as borders were shut and the situation was pretty bad then). When I went back, about 2 weeks ago now, the situation was calm in Lome, but a little tense.
It is not true to say that the rioting was just inside Lome. Towns along the south coast road, an opposition stronghold were hit badly, especially Aneho, which you have to pass through to get to Benin. This is the reason why so many Togolese people fled to Benin. I do not know what the situation is now, but I expect there are still police checkpoints on the road to Benin.
In order to get from Ghana to Benin you will have to get out at Aflao and go through the border checks, which is an experience, but one I wouldn't wish to repeat too many times. Then you will need to get a cab down the coastal road to the taxi rank for Benin, and change there. A taxi from Lome to Cotonou should cost you 3000CFA. The Benin border is easy to get through.
In terms of getting a visa, I have heard that it is impossible for Germans to get visas now because of their stance in support of the sacked interior minister.
You will probably be okay to get through Togo and into Benin, but it is probably worth speaking to people who have done it. I guess the situation is still volatile, although a lot better now, and the risk of them closing borders randomly is diminished, but still a possibility. You should also check your insurance situation. Some insurance policies are completely invalidated if travel restrictions from governments exist (e.g. if the British Foreign Office provide a warning).
Hope this helps.
May 19, 2005 6:42 AM
5Thanks to all of you!
My feeling for now is that we will go through Togo, since I REALLY would like to see Benin.. but ofcourse if only the situation isn't getting any worse. But it is in my nature to hope the best so I'm giving them 3 weeks to keep it calm over there and then we'll decide. If (for any reason) the borders close when we're in Benin, we'll fly back but that won't happen (let's hope..)
But again: thanks for the advices/stories, they help a lot!
Oct 21, 2006 12:53 PM
How did your trip across Togo go?
I'm about to go from Ghana to Benin overland and have the Bradt guides for each, which are useless about getting in and out of Togo.
Anyone know how much should the whole transit across Togo cost?
If I want to transit twice in a short space of time do I need a new Visa each time? How much should it cost?
I leave in two days, fast advice needed, thanks!!!!!
Oct 21, 2006 1:09 PM
Wow, it is quite a while ago since I last replied to this thread...
Our landtrip from Ghana to Benin (and back) went excellent. But not in the last place because we went with a friend from Benin who studies in Ghana. The overland crossing took just 3 hours and went smooth. But we had to buy a new visa in Benin to go back to Ghana but I don't know for sure why..... If you really want to know more I can give the e-mail adress of the friend I visited; she'll probably know more......
(2 star Hotel)
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(3 star Hotel)
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(3 star Hotel)
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