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“Amazing people and place”
Review of Koutammakou

Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Kara
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Owner description: Koutammakou is home to the Batammariba of Togo, a tribe known for its remarkable mud tower-houses.
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Be sure to walk to the enormous Baobab tree a little ways from the village. You can slip inside of it! Also be sure to buy lots of stuff from the people. They make great gifts and mementos.

1  Thank Bill F
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

After sleeping near one of the touristic houses for the night ( in a tent) and having near heart attacks from the thunder we visited the koutammakou houses.

We first hiked up the mountain so we had an amazing view of the landscape. There was also a cave there which you could enter if you liked. After that we visited the great big tree which you can enter inside.

After that we walked through the village and got a guided tour inside one of the houses. After being some souvenirs, the villagers did a (kind of) typical dance and asked for money. This kind of put us in a awkward position seeing as no one had asked us for money in togo before. We had been invited to lots of dances by the locals and this kind of felt weird.

All in all it was a nice experience, it is each to their own how they handle the begging children. Personally I think we can support their community by buying their souvenirs, but not just giving money like you're father Christmas...

3  Thank Djesika D
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

Not easy to get to and if you don't speak French you'll need to take a guide with you. A guide can also prevent you from getting ripped off when trying to organise transport. We were lucky to meet up with a university student who assists English speakers and were grateful for his help and friendship.

Koutammakou visit was informative and you get to meet the village chief after which you will be taken around the homes. Ask lots of questions and participate in the traditional dance to get the most out of this experience. The visit to the Baobab tree is worth it.

1  Thank tolovetolive
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We visited Koutammakou as a day trip from Kara. It's enough time to see the places and do a guided tour. The houses and the history of the places are very impressive though you won't be able to fully understand the traditions and customs in such a short time. We took a shared car from Kara to Kande (at 1300 CFA/person). In Kande you'll find plenty of moto-taxis to take you around the place (we payed about 6000 CFA/person although you might get it cheaper if you bargain hard).
A useful information might be that Koutammakou is rather a whole area than just one village. The traditional houses are spread in the whole valley and you can decide to only see the main village (approximately 3 to 4 houses at 5000 CFA + 1500 CFA/Person entrance fee) or to add an old Baobab tree and a market (for another 5000 CFA).
Since we'd read some of the reviews on TripAdvisor we'd like to add some of our thoughts. Yes, people are poor in Koutammakou - but people are poor all over the country. We really didn't see much difference to other places in the country side. Apparently the entrance fee (and we payed 13000 CFA overall) is used for the community. If that is really the case, people there should have their community needs satisfied. If (as we think) the villagers don't see any of the money it is another example of selfishness of some people in some West-African countries. Either way, people in the whole area are asking for money all the time (much more than in less visited areas as they seem to be used to getting things) which gives you a really bad feeling. The problem is that so many visitors do bring goods or money and again, the white people are the saviours of the poor... which is nonsense in our opinion. So please, think twice before "helping" someone by giving him/her money/clothes/... It won't change their situation sustainably but make them dependend.

3  Thank TimSchmid
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

It is amazing the things you see and learn once you set foot to travel! Coming in from Kande, you would have to pay 2500CFA.

The site is amazing and the structures make you wonder.

However, the people need clothings. Anyone going there can be nice enough to go with clothings for children of various ages, you can also go with food, writing materials, and be sure to patronise the kids in the wares they sell.

9  Thank Titi_Dokubo
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