Kribi and Pygmy Life
Departure via Edea to the beach town of Kribi with its white sandy beaches. Boat ride on the Lobe river, a short walk in the tropical rain forest and you are at the pygmy village. Welcome by the pygmies and discover their lifestyle. On the way back to Kribi, visit the Lobe Waterfalls, flowing directly into the sea, a rare natural phenomenon. After lunch, bathe in the sea. Back to Douala at the end of the day.
Chimpanzees at Douala-Edea Park
Departure for Mariemberg village in Douala-Edea reserve, where baby chimpanzees are found. The reserve is managed by an association that subsequently releases them into Pongo Songo Island on the Sanaga river when they become adults. Boat ride to Pongo Songo Island to watch chimpanzees, these creatures which are so close to us, so smart, gentle and wild at the same time. Picnic lunch. Return to Douala.
Departure for Buea early in the morning. Start climbing the mountain at Upper Farm through plantations and green savannah. Trek in the forest up to Hut 1. Picnic lunch and return to Buea. Return to Douala through the picturesque “Tea Road” (vast tea plantation). Stop at Bojongo (if time allows) 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 Douala.
Limbe and the Slave Port of Bimbia
Departure for Bimbia via Limbe. Situated at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Bimbia was an assembly point and served as a slave port during the period of the slave trade. Guided visit of the site. Optional walk along the Bimbia forest trail. Back to Limbe where we visit the Botanic Garden and Wildlife Centre. If time permits, visit the last lava flow of the still active Mount Cameroon. Return to Douala at the end of a memorable day or extension at a beach Hotel.
Half day excursions
Douala City Tour (about two hours)
Douala is the commercial capital of Cameroon and its largest city. Situated on the estuary of the Wouri River, Douala was the gateway into Cameroon for the earliest European explorers and is today the main seaport of the central African region. It was the German capital from 1884 until 1901 and its colonial buildings remind us of the city’s history, marked as it is by traditional dynasties, colonial rule and ancient trade. At the centre of town, you will see from the outside the old Palace of King Manga Bell. Built in 1884, the palace has the shape of an Asian Pagoda. Look out for the Palace of King Akwa who by tradition leads the Ngondo ritual to communicate with Douala’s ancestors. The Monument of Liberty is at the main intersection of Douala and commemorates new found freedoms. The vibrant Sandaga vegetable market is nearby. In the heart of the city, the “Place du Gouvernement”, the “Monument du Soldat Inconnu” honours the allied forces who died here during World War I. Enter the Catholic cathedral opposite the colonial graveyard. There is also the craft/souvenir market which has the best range of Cameroonian arts and crafts to be found in the country. These are as varied as the region’s ethnic groups, of which there are more than 200 and an expression of this multitude of cultures and age-old traditions can be found in this market in items made of wood and silver, masks and statues, traditional musical instruments, local dress, leather products, and jewellery.
Boat Ride in the Mangroves (about three hours)
Boat ride on the Douala estuary following the meanders of the mangrove forests and their secrets. On the way, you see fishermen’s camps, and you may meet with fishermen using nets or hawks. A real treat! You will get a taste of the experience of the film "Crocodile Dundee". Visit some fishing villages on your way back to Douala.
Excursions and beach tours of two, three or more days are also available.