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Central Togo : Kpalime
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Kpalime is a city in Central Togo.


Kpalime formerly known as Palimé, is a city in the south-west of Togo situated approximately 120 km from the capital city Lomé . It is the "chef-lieu" of the Kloto-préfecture counting around 80.000 people who are mainly working in trade, agriculture and tourism. It is well situated close to the highest elevation in Togo, the Mont Agou and often represents the starting point for tourists wanting to explore the divers Plateaux region.

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By car: From Lomé: If you're lucky to be driving your own means of transportation, the only thing you need to do is is leave Lomé to Djidjolé, leaving the circulaire at the "sunset bar" (yellow corner; can't miss it) and follow the road for about 1,5 - 2 hours. From the north: Given that the main road between Atakpamé and Kpalimé has been completely degraded by trucks in 2008, the best way ist to stay on the Atakpamé-Lomé road until closely before Notsé and take a right on the dirt road just before the water tower. After half an hour you'll end up in Adeta. Then take a left and continue for another half hour approximately. From Ghana: Crossing from the Tomegbe border-crossing, you just stay on the road, drive down mount Kloto and automatically arrive in Kpalimé.

By public transport: From Lomé: Take the road as described above and when arriving at the Total station before the train tracks, you will find (most of the time they will find you though) the various taxis and minibusses taking you to Kpalimé for 2000 FCFA (=3 Euros). Not the most comfortable choice as you'll be travelling with 6 other people, but fairly cheap and the views will make you forget about the heat. From the North: Depends where you're coming from, but you will have to go via Notsé, given the bad condition of the Atakpamé-Kpalimé road.

By accident: Well, lucky you!

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On foot:Although Kpalimé is a bit stretched, it is very easily explorable on foot and all locations can be reached within maximum half an hour. People are really relaxed and there's no hastle even if you're a Yovo. If you're getting tired or hot, you can always jump on a mototaxi (below).

By moto: Just whistle or call a mototaxi. Most of the time they will call you, so no worries about the transportation. You might want to bargain a little bit and if you're staying within Kpalimé, you shouldn't pay more than 200 FCFA per destination.

By taxi: One can catch "normal" communal taxi or take it individually. For other trips to the mountains or waterfalls. There're some cars that can be rented (not sure about the price nor about the condition of the cars).

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The city is quite touristy and boasts several bars, making it probably one of the nicest little cities in Togo.

Attractions in Kpalime include the Roman Catholic church, built in 1913, the spectacular but distant views of Lake Volta, and nearby Mount Agou, the highest point in the country. There're plenty of waterfalls and other natural sites to explore in the nearby mountains. Note that there is an entry fee (1500 CFA) for the village of Ktoulo and to visit the main waterfall or to have an interesting forest walk you need to have a guide. To hike up Mount Agou also comes with an entry fee.

Kpalimé itself, besides the cathedral, mainly consists of handicraft shops and Fufu eating. The latter has brought Kpalimé a widespread reputation. The former can be visited at the centre d'artisanal (on the road to Missahohe), at the blind kids' centre (centre lumière; also on the way to Missahohe) and a little bit all over the city in small boutiques.

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Apart from eating Fufu and shopping, Kpalimé is alright for taking walks. The proper activities are rather located in the nearby mountains: Waterfalls, mountain villages, Coffee and Cocoa production,butterflies, bat-caves, trekking and all the other mountaineous "dos" can be seen/done with Kpalimé as base camp.

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Many basic hotels starting at 4000 CFA can be found in the city center and lining up the road towards Ktoulo. Good bargains are possible sometimes, a room could even go as low as 1500 CFA when tourists are few. A few options for sleeping also exist in the tiny village of Ktoulo up the mountain.

  • Hotel Chez Felicia, Route de Kouma Konda. This good hotel with a friendly owner is the final hotel on the road to Ktoulo, a bit outside the city centre. It offers very quiet and luxurious rooms set around a beautifully maintained garden. If you are staying longer or occupying more than one room, it's well worth trying to discuss the room price. 10.000.


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