Being in Kpalimé, Togo Without Visas


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When trying to exit Ghana on a tiny border crossing we were told that they did not issue visas at the border so we would have to turn around and drive down to the coastal road which would take a couple of days with our slow truck and the horrible roads along the border. Some of us had visas that expired that same day so going back was no option and our tour leader started talking to them for other options. The solution was to pay the border police around 200 euros to escort us to another border that could issue the visas. In other words we were nearly a full day in Togo without having a Togolese visa and when the sun starting to set we just had to make camp in the small town we were in. A guy said we could stay in his yard and took us in for the night without wanting anything in return.
The people we have met in Togo so far have been really friendly and even though French is the official language here it has been easier to talk to people as they would also learn some German in school since it used to be a German colony.

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Along the Ghana-Togolese border most of the roads were just dirt tracks


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