It will take you at least a day to see the interesting places in this area. Nestor, the tour guide, knows the forests and hidden spots.
Take the winding road to the 700 m high Mont Kloto. Half way to the peak you have to stop and take a small downhill path. In roughly 20 minutes you will get to Missahohe, the former German colonial station built in 1890. The walls of the colonial buildings are 1 meter thick and still standing strong. It is a nice place with a great view over the valley and beyond. It may not have been appreciated in the old days.
The tombstones in the old German graveyard show that most of the people died before 1910 and many did not live past the age of 30 years.
At the Campement de Kloto, you can cool of at the restaurant and have refreshments. The restaurant on top of Mont Kloto (also known as the butterfly mountain) was a former colonial Hospital. From the terrace, you can see the Chateau Viala and the Kouma Konda Village. Butterflies of different colours, shapes and sizes are common here.
Tour with Nestor
Nestor offers botanical excursions, it is worth joining him on the two hours trek through the bush. This lusciously green fertile mountainous region draws you to nature. Nestor is familiar with the names of all the trees, plants, fruits, herbs and spices and their uses. If you like to taste the exotic fruits, feel free to ask him.
We recommend you to try the palm wine from the Calabash at the Kouma Konda village before continuing up to Chateau Viala. The Chateau was built by a wealthy Togolese in 1946 after the model of a German Middle age Castle.
Observe the natural spectacle behind a small village close to Kpalime, famed for the flying dogs (bats) hanging attached on huge trees like fruits that spread across several kilometers. At the sound of disturbances which could be clapping of hands, they ascend within seconds into the skies in a dark cloud. You are left with a truly unforgettable image.