Togo is located in western Africa. Togo is bordered by the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, and Benin to the east.
Togo has two seasons, a dry winter and a rainy summer, the latter being influenced by the African monsoon, that is present from April to October in the center of the country and from May to October in the North, while along the coast there is a decrease marked in the rains from July to September.
French is the official language, while Ewe, Watchi and Kabiyé are the most widely spoken African languages. Very little English is spoken.
The currency of Togo is the West African franc, which is also the currency of seven other independent African states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, and Senegal. You can freely use this currency in each of these nations, although those leaving the region should exchange their local currency to US dollars, euro, or pounds sterling. ATMs are limited to Lome. It is best to withdraw money from a bank. Credit cards are accepted in large hotels in Togo, with Visa currently the most universally accepted. Cash should always be carried, however.
The international dialing code for Togo is +228. The cellular telephone network is expanding in Togo, although is by no means extensive. You will get adequate coverage in cities, although expect less, if any, cover in isolated areas. The landline telephone network is developed, connecting all cities and towns. It is only known to experience problems during the rainy season when physical cables are damaged and take time to be repaired. There is a limited high-speed broadband network in Togo, with most connections in Lome. Internet cafés are common here.
You will get a mixed bags when it comes to driving in Togo. Some major roads near cities are paved, but a majority of secondary routes are not.The lack of pavement becomes problematic whenever it rains, even moderately, and flooding occurs regularly. You should read the weather forecast before venturing on any trip. You may be required to rent a four-wheel-drive if venturing anywhere off the main road system.
Togo’s poverty means petty theft is extremely common. Government bodies blame the situation on food shortages and quick inflation. As in other cities, crowded public places are main hunting grounds for thieves, especially Grand Marché, or the big market, in Lomé. International film crew should carry money and valuables very securely and watch their Film equipment at all times. Avoid large crowds and don’t walk alone after dark.
WHAT OUR FILM FIXERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FILM LOCATIONS IN TOGO, WEST AFRICA.
Togo is known for their great beaches, lagoons, marshes, savannah, and hills. It is known for its voodoo markets, traditional villages, and national parks.
Agricultural film locations include coffee, cocoa, cotton, and corn fields. Industrial locations include phosphate mines, as well as limestone and marble quarries.
In the south the Atlantic coast is known for its beaches, sleepy fishing villages, and annual whale migration.
Lomé is the capital, largest city, and main entry point by air and is renowned for its voodoo markets, cathedrals, museum and of course the Palace of the Governors, the official residence of the President of Togo.Lake Togo is a popular destination with filmmakers and photographers.
Central Togo film locations of notes are the coffee and cocoa plantations, the Fazao Malfakassa National Park is known for its African elephants and the Togo Mountains.
The Northern Sahel region is dominated by savannah, the Nok and Mamproug Cave Dwellings and the Kéran National Park is known for its African elephants, bushbuck and antelopes.
WHAT OUR LOCAL FILM FIXERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FILM PERMIT ,VISAS AND WORK PERMITS WHEN FILMING IN TOGO, WEST AFRICA
Visas & Work Permits for filming on location in Togo
International film crews to Togo must obtain a visa on arrival unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter Togo.
Film & Location Permits for Togo
Location and film permits are handled by local film fixers and location managers.
WHAT OUR LOCAL FILM FIXERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FILM CREWS,EQUIPMENT AND TALENT IN THE MALAWI,AFRICA
Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad