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“Great place to visit”
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.
Bastad, Sweden
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
Reviewed 6 February 2013

Some work and effort to get here, but that is part of the story behind it and also adds value and protects it. Very interesting buildings and nice people. But it is a balance to visit since many are poor and visitors can mean money. So some beg, others dress up in order to be photographed for money. This is a tricky balance and you should be very careful not spreading gifts and money because it will spoil the situation. We got a guide at the entrance and that is strongly recommended!! He was serious, gave great information and background which adds so much and also guided us to visit the people with respect and taking photos of them in a controlled way.

Visited February 2013
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Newport Beach, California
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161 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Very small village”
Reviewed 7 December 2012

The village itself is very small and quite remote. It's a half hour to 45 minutes bumpy ride from the entrance ticket booth. We had our own 4wd otherwise I'm not sure how you would get there. The tour of village takes about 30 minutes, you get to see one house and then as you are departing the women and children beg for money, soap or presents. I'm not sure where the entrance fee goes, but I have never been begged at a UNESCO site before.

Visited December 2012
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italiana
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“A very interesting place but have respect”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

This is a very interesting place. It is very poor area but the costructions are fantastic and original. It's better ask for the chief of the village: say hello and introduce yourself before photographing. You pay a ticket to enter but I think that they don't take money for this. However you will visit and photograph their houses and their lifes...so use maximum sensitivity! It's better to take a guide. If you carry clothes, pens and other material leave them to the village chief.

Visited January 2012
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