- 12 November
- 11 February next year
- 10 November.
Few people could pinpoint Cameroon on a map and fewer still know what it has to offer. This oddly shaped country stands squarely between West and Central Africa and has it all – wildlife filled jungles where pygmy communities still live to the moonscapes to the north, pushing up against the Sahel and home to a diverse array of ethnic groups living in the mountains.
We offer both small group tours and tailor made holidays to see traditional chiefs and sultans and the most colorful ceremonies you are ever likely to see, as well as national parks such as Waza with its huge herds of elephants offer great game viewing. Cameroon can be a culture shock – its villages have changed little over time while its cities encapsulate modern Africa at its most vibrant. Cameroon is an experience that you are unlikely to ever forget.
Explore the unique tribal kingdoms of Cameroon's south, a land of ancient traditions and colorful customs. Experience the hospitality of local villagers and learn about their lives by staying in a village in the picturesque highlands. In the north, search for lions and elephants in Waza National Park and spend time in the other worldly landscape of the Mandara Mountains. Not for nothing is Cameroon called 'Africa in miniature'!
Day 1: Douala. On arrival in Douala you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore this lively city. Overnight Aquarius Hotel or similar.
Day 2: Bafoussam. Drive through rubber, banana and coffee plantations on the road to Bafoussam. We visit a tropical flower plantation as well as the impressive Ekom Waterfalls. Later we stop at Baham to visit the palace of a traditional Bamileke chief. At the end of the day we arrive in Bafoussam. Overnight Hotel Altitel or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: Bamenda. After breakfast we leave for Bamenda, visiting the sacred Mectchie waterfalls en route, where local Bamileke people come to make sacrifices in the hopes that their wishes will be granted. On arrival in Bamenda we visit the local markets and the chief’s palace at nearby Bafut, where we see traditional dances by the princes and princesses. Overnight Ayaba Hotel or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Wum - Okpwa. We continue on the ‘Ring Road’ to Wum, visiting Menchum Falls along the way. The scenery of this area is quite beautiful, with meadows, mountains and lakes, punctuated with Fulani herders tending their livestock. At Wum we set off on foot to reach the village of Okpwa, our base for the next two nights. Overnight in tents or a village house. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: Okpwa. We spend today in Okpwa, settling into the rhythm of village life and learning about the traditions and customs of the Bororo people that live here. This is a fantastic insight into the intricacies of life in rural Cameroon, and one of the highlights of the trip. Overnight in tents or a village house. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Wum – Bamenda – Babungo. We say goodbye to our hosts and walk back to Wum, where we visit the beautiful crate lake. From there we drive to Bamenda and take a short tour of the city’s sights before heading to Babungo. We visit the museum at the Fon’s palace, home to more than 3000 traditional masks. Overnight at the Babungo Foundation guesthouse. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Babungo - Foumban. This morning we visit some of the projects of the Babungo Foundation, a village community initiative which includes a pig farm, a traditional and modern clinic and a school. We then drive to Foumban. The town is renowned for its excellent traditional crafts and is rich in history, with good museums and a superb royal palace, and we spend time exploring the town’s key sites. Overnight Paradise Hotel, Koutaba or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Dschang - Douala. Drive back to Douala via Bafoussam and Dschang, where we visit the small market. Overnight Aquarius Hotel or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: Maroua – Oudjilla – Waza National Park. We leave the south behind and fly to Maroua in the far north of Cameroon. The landscape here is utterly different to that which we have already seen, and much more arid. We visit the village of Oudjilla with its chief’s palace, set in a walled compound and home to his family. Oudjilla is set amidst stunning scenery, and if we are lucky we may meet the chief, who has more than forty wives. Later we drive to Waza National Park where we spend the night. Overnight at Campement de Waza or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 10: Waza National Park. We spend the day on game drives through the park, looking for elephants, antelopes, giraffes and lion as well as other species. Waza is one of the region’s best national parks and large herds of elephants can often be seen at the waterholes here, while chances to spot lions are good. Overnight Campement de Waza or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Days 11–12: Mandara Mountains. We head into the hauntingly beautiful landscape of the Mandara Mountains, where villages are dotted around volcanic plugs jutting into the sky. We stop first at Djinglya and visit a traditional Mafa home as well as a handicraft co-operative. We then travel to the village of Rhumsiki, set amidst some of Cameroon’s most stunning scenery. We visit the potters, weavers and the crab sorcerer, who predicts the future using crabs. Spend time exploring this traditional area before heading back to Maroua on Day 12. Overnights at La Maison de l’Amitie, Rhumsiki and Hotel Le Sare, Maroua or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 13: Douala. Fly back to Douala for our final night in Cameroon. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 14: Douala. Depending on your time of departure, there may be time to take a boat ride through nearby mangrove forests and visit local fishing villages. Tour ends with a transfer to the airport. Includes: (B).
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