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7 Days Baaka Pygmies of Cameroon and Lowland Gorillas

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Cameroon  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5750 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5750 US Dollar (USD)

This region also harbors different mammalian forest species such as elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog, red river hog, the yellow-backed duiker, the bongo antelope and others. To enable tourists to better view the wildlife of the forest, watchtowers or miradors have been built at the edges of several open areas of grasslands in the park called "bias". Overnights can be spent in these watchtowers for better results very early in the mornings when the wildlife enter the clearings from the forest.

Our company organizes a 7 days/6 nights expedition to the region to enable the tourists discover the pygmies and their way of life, their practice of traditional medicine with herbs and barks of trees, how they collect nuts from the forest, their hunting methods and also how they build their huts using tree branches and leaves. They also can execute their traditional dances, particularly the tortoise dance or the ritual Djengi dance, upon request.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Yaounde - Ayos (160km). Depart Yaoundé early in the morning for Yokadouma via Ayos, Abongmbang, Bertoua and Batouri. Arrive Yokadouma at about 6 p.m. Check-in at Hotel Elephant for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Yokadouma - Lobeke (149km). Visit Abongmbang in the morning before departing to Lobeke. Installation at the Kombo tented camp base, a special natural resort near the Mambele village. During this first day at Lobeke, you will visit the Lipoundji falls some 2 kilometers from the camp and in the evening, watch the pygmies perform the tortoise dance. Overnight at the Kombo tented camp.

Days 3 - 4: Lobeke national park. The vehicle will drive some 45 kilometers into the forest up to the drop off point from where you will hike on a distance of about 10 kilometers under the forest canopy to get to the watch tower or mirador at the first clearing or «bais». Two days will be spent here camping and watching animals in the clearings such as gorillas, elephants, large forest hogs, the blue duiker, Black Colobus monkeys and hundreds of African grey parrots.

Day 5: Kombo base camp: The vehicle again picks up visitors at the drop off point at about 9 a.m. to the Kombo camp base where other activities will be organized such as hut construction by the pygmies, hunting, and also the performance of the Jengi ritual dance(special request). Overnight.

Day 6: Kombo - Yokadouma - Bertoua. Morning drive to Yokadouma and continue to Bertoua; overnight at Mansa Hotel.

Day 7: Bertoua - Yaoundé. Drive to Yaoundé via Abongbang and Ayos. Transfer to the airport for departure.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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