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About Lomé

Lomé is the exotic capital of Togo. With a population of over 1.5 million residents, it is the largest city of the country. Lomé offers you an exceptional travelling experience, with vibrant markets and pristine white beaches that stretch into the distance. This destination’s top attractions include Koutammakou, Abdoulaye Faunal Reserve and Musee National.

Cheap flights to Lomé are now available for a short time, so prepare yourself to discover this unique city. The destination is home to the Lomé–Tokoin International Airport (LFW), which is a 5-minute drive from the city centre. This airport serves a number of international airline companies, including Ethiopian Airlines and ASKY Airlines. Popular flights departing from Johannesburg to Lomé are now available. The flight duration is 14 hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Lomé

Togo Fabric Lomé

Vibrant Markets

Lomé’s markets are where you can find everything you need, be it food, medicine or Togo fabrics. There’s even a voodoo fetish market catering to the more spiritually minded.

Lome Beach

Stunning Beaches

This city boasts a collection of wonderful beaches that stretch for kilometres into the distance. Enjoy a relaxing suntan or a stroll and admire the view of the mesmerising ocean.

Lome Mother and Child Smiling

Warm-hearted locals

One memory you will keep when you leave Lomé is the warm welcome you’ll receive from the residents; their hospitable attitude will help ensure you enjoy a delightful holiday.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Togo
Currency CFA Franc
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 46.99 XOF
Language French
Hub Airport Lomé–Tokoin International Airport
Airline ASKY Airlines
Time Zone GMT
Travel Adaptor Type C

Best time to visit Lomé

In Tomé, the summer season brings more rain than the winter. The best time to visit during this time would be between November and February (late autumn to winter), when you can enjoy pleasant temperatures and a little rain. Avoid visiting this city between March and April, which is the hottest period. From May to October, the rainy season reaches its peak, but from mid-July to mid-September, you can enjoy a dry spell. Let Travestart help net you the dream holiday experience.

Weather & Climate in Lomé

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 24°C 25°C 26°C 26°C 25°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 25°C 25°C
High °C 32°C 32°C 33°C 32°C 31°C 29°C 29°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 32°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 8 33 53 101 152 226 80 29 55 84 27 11

Overview

Lomé, the capital of Togo, is a charming destination offering you a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Formerly known as ‘The Pearl of Africa’, this city offers you the unique travelling experience, with vibrant markets and pristine white beaches that reach into the distance.

With pleasant weather all year round and welcoming locals, you will be tempted to explore Lomé, with its remnants of colonial architecture and palm trees lining its boulevards in the city centre. The famous markets you can enjoy in this destination include the three-level Lome Grand Marche, with fresh fruit, Togo fabrics and traditional medicine, and the more distinctive Marche Aux Fetiches, where you can purchase things to ward off evil spirits – gris-gris – including porcupine skin, warthog teeth, donkey skulls, serpent heads and horsehair.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Lomé. However, you will be issued this Visa upon arrival in Togo. This Visa will be valid for seven days.

There is no South African Embassy in Togo. The nearest one is the South African Embassy in Benin, which is also accredited to Togo.

Address: Lot F4 (Behind Air France), Cotonou

Phone: + 229 21 307 217/+ 229 21 306 865
Fax: + 229 21 213 0685/+ 229 21 213 0695

Health & Safety

Before travelling to Lomé, it would be wise to get vaccinations for hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid and meningitis.

Beware of pickpockets around the Rue du Grand Marché and along Rue du Commerce. Refrain from walking on the beach alone, especially at night.

Be mindful that there is a strong undertow along the coastal waters. Consider instead swimming in a pool, such as those available to non-guests at Hôtel Mercure-Sarakawa or Hôtel Ibis-le Bénin.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG LOMÉ
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 47.42
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 18.97
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 27.40
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 6.32
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 21.08

Where to stay?

A large selection of hotels are situated close to the coast of Lomé. Some include views of the Gulf of Guinea, as well as bars, pools, airport shuttles, restaurant, day spas, and tennis courts. At these hotels, you can expect to pay between R 400 and R 3000.

Get Around

In terms of public transport, you can catch a ride on a moto (motorcycle), which there are plenty of throughout Lomé. Travelling a great distance on these will cost you over R 6. Alternatively, there are the taxis, which you can rent from around R 10 and up, while a trip to anywhere in town will cost you over R 40.

If you are staying for more than a few days, there are car rental agencies downtown.

Main attractions in Lomé

Koutammakou

Koutammakou

Abdoulaye Faunal

Abdoulaye Faunal

Tata Park

Tata Park

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