Togo, officially referred to as the Togolese Republic, is situated on the west coast of Africa. It has land boundaries with Burkina Faso to the north, Benin to the east, Ghana to the west, and the south is bordered with the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean).
Togo is a tiny sliver of a country but manages to squeeze in dense forests, savannah, coastal lagoons, long sandy beaches and swampy plains. It is traversed in the centre by a chain of hills, the Atakora Mountains, extending roughly southwest into Ghana, north eastward into Benin and averages about 2,300 ft in height. The highest elevation is Mt. Agou (3,235 ft). To the north and west of these hills the Oti River drains in a south westerly direction into the Volta River, which constitutes a part of the boundary with Ghana. To the north of the Oti River valley lies gently undulating savannah country. From the southern spur of the central hills a plateau stretches gradually southward to a coastal plain. The 31 mile (54 km) long coastline consists of flat sandy beach thickly planted with coconut trees and partially separately from the mainland by a series of lagoons and lakes which are former estuaries of several rivers
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