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Itinerary: Kingdoms of Cameroon

Kingdoms of Cameroon

Visit tribal kingdoms full of colourful people, stay in a village to experience rural Cameroon and search for lions and elephants in Waza National Park.

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Kingdoms of Cameroon

Cameroon stands at a crossroads, absorbing elements of both West and central Africa but with a charming character all of its own. Home to some of the most traditional societies on the continent, in much of Cameroon the word of the local chief or sultan still holds more weight than that of the government, and visitors here find themselves transported back to a time when the land was divided into numerous separate kingdoms. This tour spends time in two different regions of the country. In the highlands area we explore the traditional chieftaincies of Bafoussam, Bamenda and Foumban, incredibly colourful places with fascinating histories and packed full of tradition. We spend time in a small village to soak up the rhythms of rural Cameroon, and then head east, through thick rainforests to the homelands of the Ba’Aka. We spend a couple of days as guests of a local community, learning about their forest lifestyle and how they have maintained their unique traditions – this is a chance to meet one of Africa’s most interesting ethnic groups. Finally we head to the coast at Kribi, before returning to Douala. Cameroon is often ignored by travellers, but its amazing variety of landscape and people place it among Africa’s most spectacular countries.

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 beautiful 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 at Hotel Altitel or similar. (BD)

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 hope that their wishes will be granted. On arrival in Bamenda we visit the local market which is laid out in a different style to others we visit. We continue to the very impressive chief’s palace at nearby Bafut, where we see traditional dancing by the princes. Overnight at Ayaba Hotel or similar. (BD)

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. You should ensure that your legs are covered as there are brambles and bushes along the way. The walk takes around 2 hours but you can reach the village by car if you prefer. Overnight in rooms in the village. (BD)

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. We will take a walk through the surrounding area to visit other villages and you should ensure your legs are covered as there are bushes and brambles along the way. This is an insight into the intricacies of life in rural Cameroon and one of the highlights of the trip. Overnight in rooms in the village. (BLD)

Day 6 – Wum – Bamenda – Babungo
We say goodbye to our hosts and drive back to Wum via the nearby crater lake. From there we continue to Bamenda and before heading to Babungo. On the way we visit the museum at the Fon’s palace, home to more than 3000 traditional masks. Overnight at the KwaKwa guesthouses. (BLD)

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 clinic offering traditional and modern treatments 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 at Paradise Hotel Koutaba or similar. (BLD)

Day 8 – Yaounde
Drive to Yaounde via Bafoussam and Makenene, where we stop at the small market. Overnight at Merina Hotel or similar. (BD)

Day 9 – Abongbang - Lomie
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 10 - 11 – Dja Reserve
Drive to the village of Djoamedjo at the entrance of the Dja Reserve. From here 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. A superb opportunity to spend time with a fascinating people. Overnight in huts in the village. (BD)

Day 12 – Yaounde
After bidding farewell to our Ba’Aka hosts we begin the drive back to Yaounde. Overnight at Merina Hotel or similar.(BD)

Day 13 – Kribi
Today sees us head to the coastal town of Kribi. In the afternoon we view the Lobe Falls take a boat ride on the Lobe River. Overnight at Tara Plage Hotel or similar. (BD)

Day 14 – Douala
A relaxing morning before visiting the fishing village of Londji in the afternoon. Later, transfer back to Douala, for your onward flight. (B)


Price Includes
Arrival and departure transfers at the beginning and end of the tour
All accommodation
Transport throughout the tour in private minibuses
Services of English-speaking guide / tour leader
Meals as listed above
Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Price does not include
International flights
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