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    Pygmee

    by Khamlia Written Dec 25, 2014

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    To go and visit pygmies like a real tourist this time. We went there on the river and it was peaceful, quiet, occasionally one or another pirogue paddled past us. It took about 45 minutes to get to pygmee village. There were a few huts made of palm leaves. The chief welcomed us in an incomprehensible language, and he seemed to be happy. Though most perhaps because he knew we have gifts for the - "whiskey" in bags, cigarettes and money. We enjoyed walking around, got greet families and take pictures of his village. Then we sat for a while and talked about their lives there. They seemed to be quite satisfied with life, but in our eyes they must have a little boring to just not do much, maybe. Maybe they have done a lot, cooking, find medications, fishing and so on. The children seemed to be a little sleepy, not much running and screaming. Someone has drummed on a drum, another just sat on her father's knee, etc.

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    Campo Ma'an

    by Khamlia Updated Dec 25, 2014

    Campo-Ma’an is located in the extreme southwest of Cameroon. It is with a dense and varied vegetation between the southern and northern Atlantic forest zones. There are also many endemic and rare species. Mammal wildlife is typical of low-altitude Guineo-Congolian forests, and 80 species of medium and large mammals are found like elephants, buffalo, gorillas, chimpanzees, panthers, giant pangolins, etc. The Campo-Ma’an National Park is the only place in Cameroon where the mandrill and its habitat enjoy protected status.
    Unfortunately we saw not some animal at all, only ants. Mostly because of falling and lying tree over the trail so we could not continue by car. And to the lake where the animals were it was about 11 km to go. To far for me LOL. But it was nice to wander there, feel the air which was very humid. And anyway I saw some monkey jumping from one tree to other tree.
    Then we went to a village and river that made a border between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, so we sat there for a moment and rested.

    entrance On the other side is Equatorial Guinea
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    Bafut

    by Khamlia Written Dec 23, 2014

    In Bafut was fon palace (chieftain) - it was quite interesting. Our guide Rose was one of fons wives. He had 39 wives and 75 children. We got to see the victim sticks for girls and boys, punishment stones with which they killed the prisoners - but both ceased after German colonization. Now it becomes punished just sent off from village.
    We enjoyed watching the wives housing - not much to have, really simple and you would not believe where lived the king's wives.
    The temple which was quite untouched and looked like before. It was a prohibited place and inside the temple got to go only the king himself and some of his confidante, no one else.
    Behind temple was also a sacred place, but there we got not to go, not to the temple either. Sacred place where used only the fon and nobility meet and discuss.
    The rest of the buildings the Germans had rebuilt. But the temple refused fon to let to rebuilt.

    The temple The hut for Tam-Tam and sidelines around The victim sticks for girls and boys
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    Buea

    by Khamlia Written Dec 23, 2014

    We made a trip from Limbe to Buea who was formerly the capital of the then German colonial period in the early 19 century century.
    On the way, we had a small accident, the wheels fell off so we had thankfully the help of a village that is still celebrated New Year's Eve.
    Then we went to Buea where the most iportant's tea culture, surroundings were nice and felt refreshing and cooler than the coast. Buea is also situated at the foot of Mount Cameroon. The city itself was interesting to see and we found an old German church too. It appeared that there were Germans there at one time.

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    MEPLACON

    by Wafro Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Mundemba

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    The 4 Regions of Cameroon

    by janiebaxter Updated Aug 2, 2010

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    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.

    Exploring the Rainforest Mandara Mountains of the North The Grasslands
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  • Witchcraft and masquerades in Cameroon

    by tamara_pcdi Written Jun 7, 2008

    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.

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    Forest Clearings

    by Wafro Written Feb 6, 2008

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    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.

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    ~~~LOBEKE N.P.~~~ Remember: Les Salines

    by Wafro Updated Mar 7, 2007

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    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...
    Info:
    WWF Central Africa Regional Programme Office (CARPO),
    Yaounde
    Programme Office Immeuble Panda
    Route "La Citronelle"
    B.A.T. Compound, Yaounde
    Cameroon

    entrance sign black & white colobus red bufflos sitatunga
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    Get to know the organization Berudep

    by IngaRita Written Feb 23, 2007

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    This is cut n pasted from another one of my sections:

    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.

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    Mount Cameroon

    by Wafro Updated Jan 28, 2007

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    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.
    Info:
    Mount Cameroon Ecotourism Organization
    C/o Buea Rural Council
    P.O. Box 66 Buea
    South West Province
    Cameroon

    Mount Cameroon
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    Korup National Park. Go for it!

    by Wafro Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    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
    WWF Cameroon
    PO Box 2417 Douala

    Korup Forest

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    Korup National Park, go for it!!!

    by Wafro Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    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.

    Korup
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    Go where no one has gone before

    by lovin_it Updated Jun 2, 2006

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    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.

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    Bangangte - a rural town

    by Bernd_L Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    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.

    Directions
    From Yaounde go about 200 km northwest on highway N4.

    Marketplace of Bangangte

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