Kingdoms of Cameroon


Kingdoms of Cameroon

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers

Itinerary

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 at Aquarius Hotel or similar.

Day 2 - Mboroukou

The drive today takes us through rubber, banana, pawpaw, pineapple, cocoa and coffee plantations, visiting a palm oil mill and a tropical flower plantation. We arrive at Ekom village in time for a picnic lunch from where we can see the beautiful, 80m high Ekom Waterfalls. We continue to the village of Mboroukou which sits at the foot of the Manengouba Mountains. Overnight at Villa Luciole Lodge or similar. (BD) 

Day 3 – Baham-Foumban

After breakfast we depart for Baham to visit the palace of a traditional Bamileke chief. We continue on to Foumban, renowned for its excellent traditional crafts it is rich in history, with good museums and a superb royal palace, and we spend time exploring the town’s key sites. Overnight at Paradise Hotel  Koutaba or similar. (BD)

Day 4- Batoufam

After breakfast, we visit a Bororo village to gain some insight into rural life in Cameroon. Here, life is dominated by activities that reflect the people´s lifestyle, such as small-scale production of milk which is one of their main food items and is used by the women to produce butter. These people, especially the women, are renowned for their skill in braiding. Depart for Batoufam via Bafoussam visiting the sacred Mectchie waterfalls en route, where local Bamileke people come to make sacrifices in the hope that their wishes will be granted. Overnight at the chief’s palace in Batoufam. (BD)

Day 5 – Yaounde – Mbalmayo Forest Reserve.

Today we leave for Yaounde stopping at the small town of Makenene on the way, On arrival in Yaounde we will take a short city tour and then continue to the Mbalmayo Forest Reserve, about 70kms outside Yaounde, and the eco- tourism village of Ebogo. Overnight at the "Centre d'Acueil" Lodge. (BD)

 Day 6 – Nyong River- Mefou Primate Sanctuary

This morning we take a pirogue along the Nyong River and walk through the rainforest to learn something of the medicinal qualities of some of the plants. From here we will visit the Mefou Sanctuary which cares for rescued and orphaned primates such as chimpanzees and gorillas. We end the day by returning to Yaounde. Overnight at Merina Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 7 –Abongbang – Lomie (363 kms, approx. 6hrs 30mins)

Leave Yaounde and drive to Lomie, via Ayos and Abongbang. This is a long drive which cuts through thick equatorial rainforest and passes picturesque Ba’Aka and Bantu villages. Overnight at Raphia hotel or similar (BD)

Days 8 & 9 – Dja Reserve

Drive to the village of Djoamedjo at the entrance of the Dja Reserve. From here we continue on foot to the Ba’Aka village of Matisson. We are welcomed by the community and spend these days immersing ourselves in their unique and complex culture, taking walks in the forest, learning about traditional hunting techniques, discovering local folklore and more. This is a superb opportunity to spend time with a fascinating people. Overnight in huts in the village. (BLD)

Please note that conditions in the village are very basic, with squat drop toilets and limited washing facilities. Please contact us for further information.

Day 10 – Yaounde (373km, approx. 6hrs 45mins)

After bidding farewell to our Ba’Aka hosts we begin the drive back to Yaounde. Overnight at Merina Hotel or similar. (BD)

Day 11- Douala-Edea Park

We leave Yaounde and drive via Edea to the Douala-Edea reserve, which is home to the endangered Central Chimpanzee, one of West Africa’s most threatened primates, along with other rare species such as the Gabon Black Colobus Monkey. Numerous species of forest antelope and a small population of African Forest Elephants also live in the area. The reserve is managed by an association that subsequently releases young chimpanzees onto Pongo Songo Island on the Sanaga River when they become adults- we can take a boat ride to the island to watch the chimpanzees. Overnight at Hostelerie de la Sanaga. (B)

Day 12- Kribi

Today sees us head to the coastal town of Kribi. In the afternoon we take a boat ride on the Lobe River, and visit the Lobe Falls which flow directly into the sea, a rare natural phenomenon. Overnight at Tara Plage Hotel or similar. (BD)

Day 13 – Douala (165km, approx. 2hrs 30mins)

Spend a relaxing morning at leisure before transferring back to Douala, visiting the fishing village of Londji on the way. Overnight at Aquarius Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 14- Douala

Depending on your time of departure, there may be time to take a boat ride through the nearby mangrove forests and visit some local fishing villages. Tour ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)