MEDICINAL PLANTS CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH GROUP:
This organization is leading a project on the conservation and sustainable management of medicinal plants in the Ndian division.
You can find them in Mundemba.
When you're interested and you want some information about the project, or you want to support them financially or give a helping hand when you're in the neighborhood you should contact them.
Contact: Director Prince Nwese Cletus Nmkpang.
Cameroon can be divided into 4 distinct Geographical regions -
The West and Northwest is covered in grasslands and hills with mountains, waterfalls and heavy rainfall. This area has very fertile soil for growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables, Banana, Tea and Coffee Plantations and lots of grazing for animals so many small rural communities exist. The main towns are Bafoussam and Bamenda, Foumban and Dschang with their chiefdoms and palaces.
Littoral. The Coast and South region have dense equatorial rainforest and this is the area of the Baka pygmies and forest dwelling primates such as gorillas. Mount Cameroon is in this region as are Douala and the beaches of Limbe and Kribe.
Central Region. Youande, the capital is the main attraction of this region.
North and Extreme North. The terrain here is Savanna and volcanic rock and this province stretches all the way up to Lake Chad. Maroua is the main town. The Mandara Mountains including Rhumsiki and Waza National Park are the main places to visit.
I am a volounteer and I have been working in Cameroon for close to a year. I have been based in Ngoketunjia in the North West Province. This region is chronically poor and after a visit to more affluent south, I initiated a project to market the region for tourism.
I soon found myself embroiled in a world of witchcraft, masquerades and secret societies. I feel like I have only begun to scratch the surface of this fascinating culture.
The work that we have done is only the beginning. We envisage that it could become a repository for the cultural heritage. But we have created a website and used it to write about the stories and traditional events and that are still so important.
The largest part of Southeast Cameroon is also a part of the Congo Bassin.
You'll find forest clearings everywhere, inside and outside the national parks.
These places are perfect to spot wildelife, you'll find baïs or forest clearings in Boumba-Bek N.P. - Lobéké N.P. - Nki N.P.
Lac Lobeke National Park in the South-East corner of Cameroon is one of the best preserved forests in the Congo Basin.
First you've got to go the timber city Yokadouma, which you can reach by road.
But when you've got time and an adventures mind you can take the train till Belabo and hike and-or hitchhike the remaining part.
Have fun, but don't forget enough food for the journey.
You can find Lobeke National Park along the "road" Yokadouma-Moloundou and when you're lucky you can encounter some exclusive animals, such as forest elephants, lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, bongos,etcc...
WWF Central Africa Regional Programme Office (CARPO),
Programme Office Immeuble Panda
Route "La Citronelle"
B.A.T. Compound, Yaounde
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I don't know a whole lot about this organization but it was near where I was living and I met people from Berdup in my village. I also went to Belo to see what they were about. They are very nice people who are motivated and really wanting to help by using homegrown ideas and bringing tourism to the area. They also try to employ the locals with their projects. They are very organized with the limited resources that are available. The area that it is located in is ideal and there is lots to do around. Berudep also organizes ecotourist trips where you can stay with a family which I think would be super cool. The NW providence is just such a great place to get to know.
This is from their website:
The vision of The Belo Rural Development Project is to eradicate poverty and raise the living standards of the rural population of Cameroon’s North West province.
BERUDEP works to create livelihoods for the rural population through income generating projects aimed at building sustainable community development.
BERUDEP is a grass roots organisation whose initiatives stem from local and traditional knowledge, ensuring environmentally and economically sustainable programs.
BERUDEP programs include eco-tourism, agriculture, education and health.
You'll need a few days if you want to climb the highest peak of Cameroon.
You can find porters and qualified guides in the town of Buea.
Mount Cameroon Ecotourism Organization
C/o Buea Rural Council
P.O. Box 66 Buea
South West Province
As for the fauna, there are more than 300 bird species inside the park and 100 others in neighbouring zones, 174 reptile and amphibians and 140 fish species living in several streams which flow across the park.
The Korup National Park is developed as a natural fauna reserve where on can still find
elephants, buffalos, antelopes, leopards, chimpanzes, drills and a variety of other small animals.
Korup National Park
PO Box 303 Buea
PO Box 2417 Douala
As for the Korup National Park, it is situated in the South West Province of Cameroon. It has a surface area of 1,259km2 and is considered to be one of the oldest and most beautiful tropical rain forests in the world. Its rich flora and fauna result from a unique fact: the site of the Korup Park, in fact survived the ice age!
Today, Korup can be likened to a museum which is more than 60 million years old. Studies carried out there have led to the discovery of more than 400 tree species, many of which are medicinal. The park's present popularity stems from the fact that a creeper has been discovered there. This plant (aucistraladus Koruppensis) is believed to have constituents useful in the cure of some forms of cancer and HIV, Aids.
There are 11 protected forests in the North West province of Cameroon. None are yet developed for tourists, except one (Abuh) and then it is only possible to enter with a guide.
The trek itself begins in Abuh village with a steep climb up the side of the valley through the small farms of mangos, bananas, passion fruit, corn and coffee. Arrival at the top is a welcome relief but the hard earned views for miles around are spectacular. The views across the forest down to the Fon's (chief's) palace is beautiful. Entrance to the forest is well concealed and the guide produces a machette and goes to work leading the way. After pushing through the 7ft grass, shrubs and undergrowth a magic kingdom is revealed. A flat grassy plataeu in the middle of the forest with a lone Fulani herdsmans house in the corner, enclosed by a hedge of angel wing flowers (a bit like tall waterlillies).
Entering back into the forest again we passed through a few streams, a swamp, and a big pile of monkey poo, unfortunately no monkeys that day. Then we decended down through the thick under growth to visit a sacred cave containing thousands on fruitbats with a beautiful waterfall flowing over the top of it. From here it was a steep decsent back to Abuh village (often on my backside).
You need to arrange the trek at least 2 days before by getting in touch with BERUDEP in Belo, Njinikom or Fundong, to arrange the guide and get permission to enter the forest.
To get to Abuh village you need to first reach Fundong.
Fundong is located at the end of the tarmac Bamenda - Fundong road and shared taxis/minibuses run every 5-10 mins along this road.
Bamenda - Fundong, 1.30 hours - 1500cfa
Belo - Fundong, 30 mins - 600cfa
Njinikom - Fundong, 15 mins - 400cfa
From Fundong you have a choice of how to reach Abuh village. If you are a strong hiker and are feeling energetic you can walk the 2 hours up to Abuh village.
Alternatively you can take a motorbike taxi up to the village - 1500cfa and a very hairy 30 mins of revving up the bumpy dirt track.
The small town of Bangangte in Western Cameroon is a center of the surrounding farmland.
It is situated in a beautiful setting of an mountainous area with great views over the grassland of Western Cameroon.
From Yaounde go about 200 km northwest on highway N4.
The province of Western Cameroon is well known for its good farmland. A good deal of the population tries to make a living as peasant farmers. Most of them live in small simple houses made of mudbricks. The farming methods are simple and the yields modest. They don't have to starve but they can't get rich either.
On our way from Yaounde to the rural town Bangangte we had breakfast at this street market in Makanene.
A lot of small bars and shops are along the main street of this small town. It's very simple and the hygienic conditions are undescribable. So if you don't want risk something remember the rule: cook it, peel it or forget it.
With 920 km the Sanaga is Cameroon's longest river. Its fountain is near the eastern border and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Douala.
The picture is taken on the bridge over the Sanaga on highway N4 about 70 km north of Yaounde to Bafoussam. We saw some fishermen on their boats.
Near that bridge there are some sandy beaches. Go back into direction Yaounde and take the first forest-track into direction Monatele
On our walk south east of Rhumsiki we saw a lot of traditional villages. So we passed the villages Bla, Kila and Gova. In the villages we saw round huts and square buildings. The round huts have mostly thatched roofs, the square buildings have mostly zinc roofs.
Our guide Koda explained us that nearly every village has three parts, one for the animists to live, one for the muslims and one for the christians.
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