Day 1: Arrival at Douala. Overnight at a 3-star hotel or high standard mission rest house.
Day 2: Douala - Limbe. Brief stops on the way to see some attraction such as the Mungo River, which has a lot of politico-historical significance. For example it is one of the boundaries between the English and French speaking parts of Cameroon. At Tiko, visit the following agricultural establishments: rubber plantation and factory, banana plantation and Oil palm estate and factory. Procede to Limbe and visit the Botanic Garden and Wildlife Centre. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3: Limbe - West Coast - Limbe – Bues. Climb to the outcrops of the rocks formed after the last volcanic eruption of Mount Cameroon. Visit the wettest place in West Africe, called Debunscha and procede to Idenau. What await visitors there is the small but very busy port from where boats transport passengers to peninsular parts of Cameroon such as Bakassi. Other attractions at Idenau include the fishing villages where you have dominantly people from some West African countries. Have a taste of the local gastronomy made of fish, cocoyams or bobolo (made out of fermented cassava). Return to Limbe for overnight.
Day 4: Limbe – Buea. Climb Mount Cameroon.
Day 5: Return from Mount Cameroon and visit other attractions, mostly colonial edifices, built during the German colonial period.
Day 6: Buea - Mundemba. Visit cocoa and coffee farms and local preliminary transformation units. The road from Kumba to Mundemba is one of the worst in Cameroon and usually the journey between Kumba and Mundemba is difficult and tiring. Overnight in a modest lodge at Mundemba.
Day 7: Mundemba – Korup National Park. Explore the rich fauna and flora of the park. It is the oldest evergreen forest in Africa and its rich biodiversity has remained almost in intact. Rare primates such as the mandrills are easily seen. There are traces of large apes such as chimpanzees and gorillas but it is very very difficult to see them. Birdlife is abundant, and very endemic species such as the Rockfowl are easily seen. The flora is so unique. In fact Korup Forest has been a renowned centre of extensive scientific research.
Day 8: Korup - Mundemba - Kumba. Overnight in Kumba after discovering some aspects of the thrilling nightlife from a popular public drinking place.
Day 9: Kumba - Bamenda. Visit a fascinating waterfall at Ekom-Nkam, at which you see some ritual sacrifice being performed. Lunch at a roadside market before continuing to Bamenda. Along the way experience the varied landscapes (large escarpments, rolling hills and plateaux). Overnight in a hotel or in a high standard mission rest house.
Day 10: Bamenda - Guzang - Bamenda. Visit a combined waterfall and cave and locals producing the indigenous beverage at their farms. Also experience the local method of producing palm oil. On return from Guzang tour the Bamenda town including craft centres and the palace of the traditional ruler of Mankon, whose Kingdom occupies most of the Bamenda city. The palace has a rich museum. Overnight in Bamenda.
Day 11: Bamenda - Wum - Lake Nyos - Wum. Drive past the flood plains of Bafut, with the many rice farms on the banks of the meandering River Menchum. At one point watch hefty busy loading sand into large trucks, heading for Bamenda. The River Menchum has a large waterfall at one point. It is quite interesting to watch the splashing waters from this fall and feel the refreshing air emanating from there. Take a journey from the waterfall to the lake. Lake is dreaded for having exploded in 1986 and the toxic gas it produced killed about 1700 persons and many animals.
A lot of mystery still surrounds this event. The government of Cameroon embarked on a process to eliminate the gas found at the bottom of the lake, with technical and financial assistance coming from friendly nations. Visit the survivors who have returned to Subum, their ancestral land, which they abandoned after the deadly event. Provide any assistance if possible. Return to Wum for overnight in a modest hotel.
Day 12: Wum - Fundong. Visit the palace of the traditional ruler of Kom. There undergo a ritual initiation in order to visit the inner part of the palace where is found the mystical status, called Afo-Akom. It was stolen to a museum in some western country, and while there it caused a lot of havoc on other antiquities found in the same museum. It is believed that it was not pleased being where it was. The ritual initiation also enables the visitor to come closer to the traditional ruler and discuss with him. Overnight in Fundong.
Day 13: Fundong - Ndawara - Babungo - Ndop. Ride through the beautiful landscape from Fundong to Ndawara. At Ndawara visit the Highland Tea establishment, said to be the biggest in Africa and discover all operations inherent in a modern tea enterprise, including nursery, young plants on the field and mature fields from where raw materials for the factory are being harvested. In the factory you get to discover all the intricate operations which culminate with tea leaves packets ready for the market. While at Ndop visit the craft centre in the neighbouring locality called Bamessing. Also visit individual producers in their homes. Overnight at Ndop.
Day 14: Ndop - Bamenda. Trek over some distance and admire the fascinating landscape of Sabga. Visit the Fulani families before continuing to Bamenda. In the evening attend a cultural show of mask dance and traditional music produced using xylophones, drums, nad gongs. Overnight in Bamenda.
Day 15: Bamenda - Yaounde - Ngaoundere.
Day 16: Ngaoundere - Benoue National. The following animals are easily seen: hippopotamus, baboons, large antelopes, with the largest being the Derby Eland. This park is said to harbour the greatest number of this rare psecies of antelopes in Central Africa.
Day 17: Benoue National Park – Wangai. Start the trek to the Atlantika Mountain and interact with the local population. Camp at the home of the traditional ruler.
Day 18: Continue trekking until you meet the Koma people. These are pristine people who live on top of the Atlantika Mountain and still move around naked. Women use tree leaves to cover their nakedness. Return to Wangai for overnight.
Day 19: Wangai – Garoua. Explore the beautiful town of Garoua. It is famous for being the home town of the first President of Cameroon. Overnight in Relais Saint Hubert Hotel.
Day 20: Garoua - Maroua - Waza. Brief visit of the handicraft centre at Maroua before continuing to Waza. Overnight in the Waza Resort.
Day 21: Very early morning visit in the park and see rare species including the lion. Large troops of elephants, different species of antelopes including the roan antelope, some of which are as large as a horse. Birdlife life is exceptionally rich, thanks to the artificial ponds which attract them from far off arid areas. Visit could be repeated in the evening or spend some time interacting with the local population many of who spend a lot of time in the hut-like drinking places consuming the local beverage made out of sorghum.
Day 22: Waza - Oudjilla - Mokolo - Rhumsiki. Visit the palace of the traditional ruler of Oudjilla, who is famous for having as many as fifty wives and hundreds of children. Drive through the rugged and beautiful landscape till you reach Rhumsiki. Village walk to discover different attractions such as weavers behind their traditional looms and the soothsayer, who receives facts about each visitor who wants to know about his future from crabs in an old pot. Overnight in the Rhumsiki Resort.
Day 23: Trekking to the spiky rock structures (resistant remnants of large rock formations resulting from volcanic explosion). One of these structures is said to be at the boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria.
Day 24: Rhumsiki - Guider – Garoua. The ride from Rhumsiki to Guider is difficult but quite enjoyable because of the very beautiful landscape made of stretches of boulder - covered terrain, with the road meandering with difficulty through them. Somewhere after Guider visit the Kola Gorge, another geological wonder made of a large rocky depression. Continue to Garoua for overnight.
Day 25: Early departure from Garoua to catch up with the night train from Ngaoundere to Yaounde.
Day 26: Yaounde - Kribi. Relax on the sandy beach and have a meal in the home of a native.
Day 27: Visit the Bakas (Pygmies) by sailing in a dug-out canoe to their forest home. Discover some facts about these people who are said to have been the first inhabitants of the Congo Basin Rainforest. They are a discrete people and are believed to be very skilful as far as traditional medicine is concerned and are great hunters. They also produce excellent music with very rudimentary equipment. Overnight in Kribi.
Day 28: Kribi - Douala - Departure. End of the tour.
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