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The Slave Trade Route In Cameroon

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 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: 2890 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2890 US Dollar (USD)

Cameroon slave trade served as a very important supply zone for the export of African slaves to the New World after the Portuguese exploration on the Cameroon coast. Cameroonian slaves were mostly sold to the Fernando Po collection center. The island of Fernando Po was one of the main collection points for slaves taken along the Bight of Benin. The Douala of Cameroon was the predominant slave-trading middlemen in these transactions. The majority of slaves traded from the Cameroon coast came from inland invasions as well as from the neighboring Batagan, Bassa, and Bulu. Four groups Tikari, Douala-Bimbia, Banyangi and Bakossi, Bamileke accounted for 62 percent of the people carried out of the River and from Bimbia in these years.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at the Douala International airport, meet with our professional guide and driver transfer to hotel. Brief description of Cameroon, by our guide. Dinner and overnight at the hotel (your choice).

Day 2: Douala. Breakfast. Visit of the various sites in Douala (castle of King Akwa Ndika P), The Pagoda of King Manga Bell; The Portuguese navigator anchor in the estuary Wouri which was one boarding stations for slaves in Douala was baptized by Rio Dos Cameros (River of Prawns). A brief meeting with the kings of Douala (Bell and Akwa), who signed the first contract with the British government to prohibit slave trade. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Douala.

Days 3-4: Douala - Limbe. Pickup after breakfast, trip to Limbe continue to Bimbia, situated 8.5km from Limbe. Visit the site of an old slave trading port where you can learn about the colonial times, where slaves were assembled for exportation to Europe and America during the slave trading period. There are some historical attractions still present in Bimbia today. They include: Old German Wharf where ships anchored for the embarkation of slaves, chains used on slaves and abandoned Ships, the Alfred Saker Camp (where Alfred Saker first landed in Cameroon, a monument has been constructed to commemorate his arrival); the British Canon (an instrument used to abolish slave trade); foundation of the first printing press built by Joseph Merrick (English missionary); Nichol Island (site that harbored slaves prior to their journey to the new world) etc. return to the hotel, dinner, leisure and night in hotel. Four groups Tikari, Douala-Bimbia, Banyangi and Bakossi, Bamileke accounted for 62 percent of the people carried out of the River and from Bimbia in these years.

Days 5-6: Limbe – Bafoussam. After Breakfast, Departure to the west region via Limbe, upon arrival, meet the Bamileke Chiefs and Kings who were the major suppliers of Slaves that left the coasts of Cameroon during the Atlantic slave trade. Most of the slaves came from the western highlands and the sloping coastal plain running west from the Wouri estuary. Leisure activities in the evening, dinner and overnight in Bafoussam.

Days 7-8: Bafoussam - Bamenda – Bali. Pickup after breakfast, departure to Bamenda, upon arrival visit to the Bamenda grasslands which was a major source area for slaves; where the Bakwery (indigenous ethnic group in Cameroon) played a predominant role in capturing and selling of slaves. Most Slaves from this area were exported via the Cross River to Calabar. Beautiful sunset view, leisure activities in the evening, dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 9: Departure. Pickup in the morning after breakfast and drive to Douala for departure.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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