Tamberma Valley

Tamberma House

Travel to Tamberma Valley – Castles of Clay

In the far north of Togo the Tamberma people have found refuge for centuries in the least accessible territory of the Atakora in order to protect themselves from the black slavery of the Arab world. Huge fetishes shaped like phalluses protect the entrances to their homes.

Tamberma architecture is one of the most beautiful in Africa: the fortified houses are really more like small clay castles, three storeys high.

The north is inhabited by the Moba. Their homes are made of clay and are built in a circular shape, with conical roofs made of straw. A wall surrounds and protects the huts belonging to members of the same family: in this way they form small villages spread out over the territory.


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