Tribes of the Western Highlands

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Day 1, Arrive Douala
Arrive Douala, meet and greet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Briefing during welcome drink, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2, Douala –Buea – Mt. Cameroon – Limbe
Departure for Buea early in the morning. After formalities start climbing the mountain at Upper Farm through plantations and green savannah. Trekking in the forest up to Hut 1. Picnic lunch and return to Buea. Continue to Limbe through the “Tea Road” (vast tea plantation. Stop at Bojongo (if time permits) to visit one of Cameroon’s oldest catholic churches, constructed by the German Pallotin Missionaries more than 100 years ago. From this magnificent site, on a clear day, we will have a panoramic view of Limbe, the Atlantic Ocean and nearby islands. Then continue through local Bakweri villages to Limbe. Dinner and overnight at the Semme New Beach hotel.

 

Day 3, Limbe – Ekom Waterfall –Villa Luciole
After breakfast, visit the 1999 lava flow of the still active Mount Cameroon, then the Limbe Wildlife Center. Departure to the West Highlands. The road runs along banana, rubber, cocoa, and coffee plantations. At Penja, visit to a tropical flowers plantation. Visit to Ekom Falls, a huge waterfall about 80 meters high, which was used as a setting for the Tarzan film Greystoke with Christopher Lambert. Continue to the village of Mboroukou, dinner and overnight at Villa Luciole.

 

Day 4, Manengouba Mountains– Villa Luciole
After breakfast, we meet our local guide and depart on foot for the Manengouba mountains (2340m) and the twin lakes. On the way we stop to visit small picturesque villages of semi nomadic Borroro herdsmen. At about 2000m, treat yourself to a splendid view of the twin lakes in a large crater. Walk around the lakes at this beautiful site. The big blue one is the female and the smaller green lake is the male. Return to Mbourokou, dinner and overnight at Villa Luciole.

 

Day 5, Dschang – Bamboutos Mts.
Early morning breakfast and departure to Dschang where we meet our local guide. Drive to the village of Belenka where we start our trek in the Bamboutos mountains. Trek through farm lands and villages as you meet the local people in their day to day life. Camp near a village.

 

Day 6, Bamboutos Mts. – Lake Awing
Ascend to the summit (2740m), the view is striking. Descend towards Babadjou village, board the vehicle at Lockmob village. This area is famous for the production of palm wine. Continue by car to Lake Awing, short walk, camp near a Borroro village.

 

Day 7, Bamenda – Belo – Oku
Depart by car to Abou via Belo. Trek in the Mount Oku region. After a short ascent, we descend to Oku. The views are breath-taking and village life is vibrant. We will visit and discuss with His Royal Highness the fon of Oku if he is present. Oku is the Headquarters of the Kilum Ijim project which aims at conserving the mountain forest; a unique programme in Africa and the world. This project, involving the local people, integrates a number of alternative income generating activities like honey production, tourism involving local guides, paper production from elephant grass etc. Here wood carving is widespread. Overnight at the Auberge.

 

Day 8, Mt. Oku
Today we ascend Mount Oku, at 3010m the second highest mountain in Cameroon. The track cuts across potato and bean farms into the reserve where trees are covered with lichens and other parasitic plants. The forest is rich in birdlife, some of which is endemic, like the Bannerman’s turaco and the banded wattle eye. Out of the forest we enter the savanna. At the summit the view spreads into the surrounding mountains. We descend by another track to the lake, which is sacred to the local people and requires a permit from the chief to visit. Those who cannot climb to the summit can follow another track on the slopes of the mountain. Camp near a small village.

 

Day 9, Mt. Oku – Babungo
We descend to Babungo via the villages of Lang and Gengseba. The people here are some of the friendliest in the country. Overnight at Kwa Kwa Guest House.

 

Day 10, Babungo - Sabga
In this vibrant village, we experience the day to day life and traditions of the Vengo people. Continue via the famous Cattle Road and ascend in the Sabga hills. Here the scenery is magnificient. Camp at a Borroro Village.

 

Day 11, Sabga - Koutaba
Morning descent of the Sabga hills to meet the ring road. By car, departure to Foumban, the chief town of the Bamoun Sultanate, with two museums and a palace, the handicraft capital of the West: Foumban is a unique Cameroonian town. You will discover the Bamoun people and their traditions. You will hear about the Bamoun Dynasty and the original personality of King Njoya, who became Sultan and invented a religion (a mixture of Christianity, Islam and Animism) and, in particular, the Bamoun writing. Visit to the Sultan’s palace and his museum, and the handicraft village. Continue to Koutaba, dinner and overnight at Paradise Hotel.

 

Day 12, Mbapit Mts. – Bandjoun – Dschang
After a short drive, morning trek on the Mbapit mountains and around the lake which appears to be bottomless and local people believe to be sacred. In the afternoon continue by car to Bandjoun, visit to one of the most beautiful Bamileke chief’s palaces. Continue to Dschang, dinner and overnight at Hotel de Malt.

 

Day 13, Dschang – Douala – Return flight
Today we visit one of the best museums in the country, the “Musée des Civilisations”. Visit the vibrant Dschang market and continue to Douala via the pass of Foreke. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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