Kingdoms of Cameroon


Kingdoms of Cameroon

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 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 - 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)

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

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. (BLD) 

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

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)