Togo is located in Africa, namely in West Africa. The country is long and narrow, as you can see well on the map. The Atlantic Ocean borders the south of the country. The bay is called the Gulf of Guinea. The coast of Togo is only 52 kilometers long, because the country is so narrow.
The border in the west leads to Ghana, in the north it goes to Burkina Faso, in the east to Benin. Togo has three neighbouring countries. Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa. From north to south you drive 550 kilometers, from west to east in some places only 50 kilometers, in others 140 kilometers.
The country is divided, from south to north, into five regions: Maritime, Plateaux, Centre, Kara and Savanes. This is French and translates as sea region, plateau, center, Kara region (after the city of Kara) and savannah.
On the coast you can find lagoons and sandy beaches. From southwest to northeast, a mountain range, the Togo Mountains, runs across the country to Benin. North and south of it there are flat landscapes, the savannas. There are grass and only a few trees growing there.
Togo is named after the city of Togoville, which is located close to the coast on the shore of Lake Togo and was originally called Togo itself. From there, in 1884, the German Reich Commissioner Gustav Nachtigal established a “protectorate” over the country, which he called Togoland. With independence, it remained with the name Togo. The capital, however, is Lomé, which is also located on the coast. You can find out more about this under History.
The longest river in Togo is the Mono. It is 467 kilometers long and originates in Benin, but already very close to the border with Togo. It flows to the Atlantic Ocean. The last part forms the border with Benin.
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