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Itinerary: Tribal Lands of Cameroon Tour

Tribal Lands of Cameroon Tour

Straddling both West and Central Africa Cameroon is alive with the traditions and customs of more than two hundred and fifty different ethnic groups, a cultural mix that is at once enchanting and more than a little magical.

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Tribal Lands of Cameroon Tour

Day 1 – Douala
Arrive in Douala and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Sawa Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Ekom Falls – Melong
Drive to the west of the country, stopping first at a busy fruit market around Penja. We then head to the impressive Ekom Falls, located in beautiful primary forest, then drive through the coffee plantations to Melong, a small farming town in the Cameroonian Highlands. Overnight Hotel Ban-Bi’Ngoe or similar. (BL)

Day 3 – Bandjoun – Bappit – Koutaba
Drive through the lands of the Bamileke people, great artisans and agriculturalists and one of Cameroon’s largest ethnic groups. We stop in the Kingdom of Bandjoun, not far from the regional capital Bafoussam, and visit the palace. From Bandjoun we head to the Noun Valley and the picturesque crater lake of Bappit for great views of the surrounding area. Finally we drive to Koutaba for the night. Overnight Paradise Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 4 – Foumban
Visit Foumban, home of the Bamoun people. We explore the town and visit its art museum as well as 19th century royal palace. We also visit the central market, one of the most colourful in Cameroon, and walk through the artisans’ quarter. The Bamoun are great craftsmen, working with wood and bronze, and most of the pieces they create are exported overseas to collectors. Overnight Paradise Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 5 – Yaoundé
Drive to Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital. We visit the excellent African art museum, located in the Benedictine monastery atop Mount Febe and with a superb collection of carvings and artefacts from some of the ethnic groups we have just encountered. Later we head to the train station to take the overnight train to Ngaoundere, the gateway to the north of the country. (B)

Day 6 – Ngaoundere - Poli
Arrive in Ngaoundere, the gateway to the north of the country and the capital of Adamawa Province. The city retains a medieval atmosphere and we make a short visit to the palace of the Lamido (sultan). From here we descend into the Benoue Valley and enter a different world – the modern villages disappear to be replaced by traditional adobe settlements, and we arrive in Poli, the capital of the kingdom of Faro, in the afternoon. Overnight Bukaru Camp. (BD)

Day 7 – Poli
Spend the day delving into the tribal cultures that hold sway here. We visit the Mbororo people, one of West Africa’s most traditional groups and with a lifestyle based around cattle. The Mbororo still practice the custom of facial tattooing and live semi-nomadic lives, following their livestock to pasture. We then move on to Kongle, centre of the animistic Dowayo people, who were immortalised by Nigel Barley in his book ‘The Innocent Anthropologist’. Return to Poli for the night. (BD)

Day 8 – Alantika Mountains
Continue our journey and head to one of Cameroon’s most remote and isolated areas, the Alantika Mountains. We cross the Faro River – either by bridge or boat – and make our way on foot to a small village belonging to the Koma people, where we camp for the night. This is a great way to immerse ourselves in the culture of this fascinating ethnic group. (BLD)

Day 9 – Alantika Mountains
Explore the lands of the Koma, a deeply traditional and animist group who make their living from agriculture and hunting. Many still wear traditional dress – for the men this is a loincloth and for the women, skirts made from leaves – modernity has made few inroads here and this is a unique opportunity to see a culture that has changed little for centuries, if not millennia. The Koma are incredibly hospitable and we can expect to be welcomed into their villages – if we are lucky we may witness a traditional ceremony or celebration. There are no roads in this part of Cameroon and we explore on foot. Overnight camping. (BLD)

Day 10 – Poli
Reluctantly we bid our hosts farewell and return to Poli, hiking back down the mountains to meet our vehicles. On the way we stop in a traditional sultanate where we should be able to meet the sultan and learn about the challenges of life in this area. Overnight Bukaru Camp. (BD)

Day 11 – Mbe – Ngaoundere
We drive back to Ngaoundere. On the way we stop at local villages and markets, meeting the various different ethnic groups that live in this region. Arrive in Ngaoundere and board the overnight train for the journey back south. (B)

Day 12 – Yaoundé – Okan
Arrive in Yaoundé this morning. After breakfast explore the city and then continue to Okan where an eco-lodge has been built in the middle of equatorial jungle. The afternoon is free to explore the forest, with its diverse flora and fauna, as well as nearby villages. Overnight Okan Lodge. (B)

Day 13 – Mfou Primate Sanctuary
Not far from Okan is the Mfou Primate Sanctuary, situated in Mefou National Park. The sanctuary is dedicated to the protection of Cameroon’s larger primates including gorilla, chimpanzee, mandrill and drill, which live in large forest enclosures making them comparatively easy to spot. After time spent here we head to Yaoundé and transfer to the airport for departure. (B)

Included in price:

- Airport transfers

- Accommodation – as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we’ll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you’re used to elsewhere.

- Guides – In most cases you will be accompanied by one guide from start to finish. However there may be occasions when this is not practical, for example if your trip covers a number of different countries. In these cases it often makes more sense to include different guides for each place, to take advantage of their specific knowledge of the destination.

- Meals – As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner).

Entrance fees – Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you’d like to see, these would be at your own expense.

Not included:
- Visas
- Airport taxes
- International flights
- Travel Insurance

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