Travel to Mont Agou Togo
Monday, April 16, 2007
I am hoping to leave around 9:00 am today for Mont Ago uor Mountain Agou, or maybe Mount Ago.
Mount Agou (Pic Baumann)
986 meters of 3,235 feet high, this is claimed to be the highest point in Togo.
This is a short mountain in the world of mountains, more of a foothill, yet appears very high in comparison to the rest of Togo and even West Africa that is main a flat lands.
I was hoping the altitude of the Kpalime area would dramatically cool this area of Togo, while cooler than Lome at the sea level, not dramatically cooler. The Togo border town of Kametonou, was dramatically cooler at night, and was some of the best sleeping so far in Togo, and the room had no fan.
The hope is to take the road to the top of this small Mount Agou and find a Chambre de Passage at the top, get a roof top view of Togo, while living cheap. I semi-doubt this, as normally people do not go live at the top of mountains as the farm land is bad.
Travel to Mont Agou Togo
Mont Kloto Konda Togo
Road in Togo going to Ghana Border
This is the road, only a few spots look like this, but the road is very nice and pleasant.
This is a small section of the winding road in the small 500-700 meter high mountain ranges of Togo. This is on the road from Kpalime to the Togo - Ghana border. The cost of the motorcycle taxi trip from Kpalime to the border was 1100 CFA and it should be easy for anyone to purchase one-way for 2000 CFA or about 4 US dollars. A round trip ride from Kpalime should be no more than 4000 CFA, and we could have gotten for 2200 CFA.
The road to Konda, and this visit the Butterfly place is ok, not sure my favorite location, but ok. The two major hotels are best to bring a girl with you or to come a couple. The Papillion Auberge is in the center of Konda and is ok, in a you are the only tourist, everyone wants to sell to you way.
The Campemont and the Nectar require you have a car to be good. I actually would say sleeping on the border was a better idea in one of the homes as they have a river next to the village, and I did not see a river close to the village of Konda.
This is a small waterfall along side the road, in any mountain area of the world, there will be these small waterfalls.
I listen, read, and try to access information when I hear it about waterfalls. I want to read, there are a series of small pools where I a person can swim and enjoy the day. Then I wish to read, the waterfall is about a 10-15 minute walk or the waterfall is right next to the Auberge. Or here in Togo, I am wanting to say, there are motorcycles that will take me.
Trekking and walking in the woods is fun, however the truth is the normal person that treks does it with a companion or friend. Walking through the woods alone is somewhat lonely and tiresome. I have about a negative 20 need for solitude. I am alone and have solitude about 90 percent of the day. There is a need for quiet, I am not sure I would call that the same as solitude. Peace and Quiet can be difficult to find.
I am good at finding rooms that are quiet, I have a mix of needs, and quiet rooms and nice owner are big on the list.
There is this Buvette or Bar mentality of Hotels in West Africa, and there is about 95 to 99 percent of the time a bar in the Hotel. In Europe it is like living in a Bar, so I do not enjoy Europe at all.
I try to find hotel where the bar does not do very well, and then I do not need to go to the mountains to trek for solitude. A person may get to know himself or herself well enough on a long trip, where they can learn what they like and stop being influenced by everyone around them to do what other like.
I am encouraged every day of every week by the African people to find a woman to travel with me; it is staggering the number of offers. I do not see a person with no education, no ability to read, only is good at buying, looking pretty, and doing laundry as a good mate and friend for travel. That is not to say there are not educated people, it is to say, I think the anyone is ok mentality says a lot on how women view men and how men view women here.
The laundry is about the best reason, companionship and talking is the reason I would like to spend time with people.
Waterfalls, Rivers, West Africa Geography, Togo,
Mont Kloto Konda Togo
Mont Agou Pic dAgou
Mountain Agou or the Agou Peak
Mountain Agou Highest Peak in Togo
06 52.370 North
000 44.930 East
1004 Meters above sea level, maybe 986 is correct?
Note, they say the mountain is 986 Meters high in the Encarta Encyclopedia and the Guidebook I think agrees. I took a reading of 1004 meters, I am not sure how to say or know, what is correct? I have a Magellan Explorist 100 GPS device. Information is interesting and who knows, the information collected years before is often the information a person is reading about 50 years later. The renditions of Africa are often viewpoints of 100 years ago.
This is the kilometer makers or the end of road marker at the top of Mont Agou, the top of the mountain as best I can figure is about 10 kilometers off the main highway. It cost us 1500 CFA to go by Moto to the top of Mountain one way, then another 300 to go to Koti one way.
Ooops, it may not be the end of the road, I was trying to capture the correct Togo Spelling. I think you have better luck getting the mountain if you say Pic d'Agou and not Mont Agou to the motos.
This is the view from Top of Mont Agou or Pic d’Agou, they was telling me I can see Ghana. I could not see anything but haze, but I am sure on super clear day you may. I think the name of the city below is Agou, not Kpalime.
At the top of the hill is a wire across the road, the taxi moto and Michael talked for about 10 minutes before the man gave us a small tour. There is one location that is nice, the others parts is like being in an industrial park with a cell phone tower. There is a cell signal here and they say it is Togocel and Moov on the tower.
What is strange, as a line of site, I could see this mountain from the Village of Koti, however I had not cell phone connection, I think it is about 10-20 kilometer from the mountain.
Mountains, Geography, West Africa Geography, Togo GPS, West Africa GPS, Togo GPS, Togo,
Mont Agou Pic dAgou
Tsevie to Keve Togo
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Friday, April 20, 2007
I walked out of the Hotel Grand of Tsevie, my 5000 CFA half the night electric room and went to the junction in front of the Shell Station. I was laughing, about 10:00 pm, and I am sleeping in the heat, they come and try to get me to move to room, with no shower and toilet, yet is on the generator used for the very large bar area. I was asking before if there were rooms there, and I think I could have got a room, without shower for 3000, I gave up too quick, and it would have had a fan all night, there is no justice, 3000-4000 and a fan because it has a generator, pay 5000 and have no electricity.
I need to continue to learn French.
Chambre sans douche? = A room without a shower or toilet?
Room connected to the electric generator.
Chambre être lié à générateur de electrique.
Oh well, trials and tribulations, and some problems for me to solve, something do to do.
I went to the Shell station in Tsevie, sort of thought, I will flag a moto that has enough petrol to go to Tabligbo closer to the Benin, Border. Then a group came around me and the price became increasingly difficult to negotiate. There is a problem when many Togo Motos are in one location, they all want to save face, and see who can get the White Man to pay the most. I have discovered, I need to get moving Motos and one at a time to get the best price, it would seem they would compete, but the opposite happens, they compete to see who can say the most, and they support each other in high prices.
The prices went from about 2000 mille, and then adjusted to 3.500 after listing to the other boys to a high of 6000 to go to Tabligo. I left many frustrated and hollering moto taxis and kept walking. Met another one, and asked the prices for both places, he said 3500 for Tabligo and 1500 for Keve. I made a call audible at the line of scrimmage and decide to go to Keve to the West.
The ride to Keve was nice, a small dirt road and some small villages along the way, as we was leaving the city of Tsevie, I saw many women with clay pots on their heads. There may be a Friday market, and they had many varieties and somewhere they must be making clay pots in the area.
These pots were being carried towards the city of Tsevie, Togo. I believe this large one would sit outside a door to a home. The women would go to the well or a collection point and return to fill it with drinking water.
I am now in Kpalime; I will post to my blog, clean up the house and try to buy a small fan I can carry in my bag. I think I am going to look for motorcycle batteries also and a charger, it is possible I find a 12 volt speaker fan and this would work well. I am not sure if I can tap the 6 or 12-volt motorcycle battery for juice for the computer or not. Need to do some research.
This is a typical view of Togo, the big tree is not so normal, the land looks like this, and the color of the dirt is normally red. It is hard to see a good area of land farmed.
Tsevie to Keve Togo
I go north towards Adeta, Togo tomorrow morning.
Togo Mountain View
Danyi Apeyeme, Togo West Africa
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Immediately upon leaving Adeta by moto, we proceed to climb the side of a small mountain range here in Togo. This may be called the Danyi Plateau; I am not sure, I could check on the maps, however there are no lights presently in my room as they went off now at 6:30 pm, I expect them off until morning, however hard to say.
Nonetheless, we climbed this mountain range, and then proceed to travel around sort of on top of the mountain range. I feel a little silly calling this a mountain range as the altitude is only about 750 Meters above sea level, and the highest in Togo is only about 1000 meters.
There is maybe a small airport below with a dirt runway, the boy told me something about a helicopter at the hospital, however seems like an overkill for the number of people and the amount of money here.
iew as we left the village of Adeta and climbed the side of the mountain range.
Mountains, Geography, West Africa Geography, Togo,
Togo Mountain View