Kara is a city in Togo.
Kara is situated near the West African countries of Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin.
The city of Kara has a busy market place, many luxury hotels, banks, the Congress which was the seat of the Rally of the Togolese People Party before the advent of democracy. The city receives tourists, businessmen and political figures through the major Niamtougou International Airport located a few kilometers from Kara.
Buses run daily between Lome and Kara (about 7 hours). Contact Rakieta. Buses leave at 7am from each site daily.
The city itself is quite straightforward and nothing of particular interest. Mostly visitors are on route to the Koutammakou area (entry 1500 CFA) with its Tatas on the road between the city Kandi (2 hours from Kara) and the small border village Nadoba. The Tatas are unique houses made of clay and straw that were originally built to fend off slave traders. The houses now serve as home to farm animals and various materials. Villagers still kill chickens on sacrificial altars outside of the houses and fill the first room with a range of fetishes. Check out the Chief Canton's Tata, but be prepared to pay a mille or two for the privilege. This is Togo's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and its best tourist attraction - though don't expect any amenities. The easiest way to get there is by rented taxi or shared taxi to Kante and then bike 28km to Nadoba.
At Maroc's. Owned by a German expat the restaurant serves European and Togolese dishes at reasonable prices (~$5 per meal with a beer). Chez Navide is also recommended if you are interested in trying the local food. Located opposite the market, dishes are served for approximately $1 per meal. Check out the degue ladies opposite the taxi station if you want to try cold yogurt with coos coos.
MalariaNIMBY.org - Grassroots organization to eradicate Malaria (Paludisme) in Kara, Togo. Free room for one week for volunteers that speak French. Andy Graham, Togo number. +22892940714
Togo offers a visa on arrival for seven days to many countries, then Americans can extend the visa for one year. This can be arranged at the office next to the police station in Kara, Togo, great for overland travelers.