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    Farmland in Western Cameroon

    by Bernd_L Written Nov 22, 2004

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    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.

    Farmhouse in Western Cameroon

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    Have a meal at the rural market in Makanene

    by Bernd_L Updated Nov 22, 2004

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    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.

    Makanene market
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    River Sanaga

    by Bernd_L Written Nov 22, 2004

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    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

    Sanaga river at sunset
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    Villages around Rhumsiki

    by sachara Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    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.

    village south of Rhumsiki
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    Problems at the end ......

    by sachara Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    At the end of our hike around Rhumsiki we had some problems.....
    At the start of the hike the organisation had told us, that we could get new water and softdrinks at our our lunchbreak. So we didn't bring water for the afternoon.
    But there was no water at all at the place of our lunchbreak, so in the afternoon we had to put our last warm swallows of water on rations for the last hours.
    At 3 pm we asked our guide, how far the way-back to Rhumsiki was. He proposed a short-cut, so we were back in Rhumsiki at 6 pm, totally run out of water and just in time before dark.

    hike around Rhumsiki
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    Nice overview of the area, south-east of Rhumsiki

    by sachara Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    After our lunchbreak the flat plains changed in a more hilly area.
    From the elevation we had fantastic views at the villages down in the valley.
    By their natural colours the villages formed an unity with their surroundings and sometimes you had to look very good to recognize them. The landscape itself was also very scenic because of the many scattered boulders at the slopes, in nearly the same colours as the huts in the villages.

    villages and boulders
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    Meeting with the kids

    by sachara Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    During our hike, passing the villages around Rhumsiki, we had a long lunchbreak, because of the heat.
    In the shade of the wide tree near the compound of the old man, some women and kids came to join us.
    The kids brought two young dogs and enjoyed to learn some dutch words. So these wonderful kids all could say ''hondje blaft, wafwaf'' at the moment we left them.

    kids near Rhumsiki
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    Lunchbreak under a big tree.

    by sachara Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    Around 11 pm it was allready extremely hot during our hike south-east of Rhumsiki. We had to walk in the full sun at a dusty plain. I used my multifunctional African cloth to cover my head and shouders, like the local women did. Sometimes we sheltered under one of the scarce trees along the path for a minute for a pull of water.
    We were very happy to discover finally the wide shady tree for our long lunchbreak and siesta. It was near a small compound.
    Also an old man was sleeping in the shade of this tree. So we were not the only ones, looking for shade. Also some chickens were joining us.

    compound at our lunchstop
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    Storage of maize and other crops.

    by sachara Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    We had our break in this shady village at the place, where the people stored their maize and other crops. The crops were high and dry on a platform on piles.
    On the ground nearby we found heaps of peanut-shells. In many villages along the road we saw women and kids peeling these nuts.
    We saw also maize-ears hanging in the trees (by enlarging the picture, you can see it). Koda, our local guide explained, that, when there are marriages in the village, the families hang these maize-ears in the trees.

    storage of maize and other crops
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    Visit to a village, in the shade !

    by sachara Updated Apr 20, 2004

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    Because the sun was burning allready heavily during the morning, we were happy our path was leading to this village south of Rhumsiki, which has a lot of trees.
    So here we made our first stop, for drinking water and taking a snack (all brought by ourselves).
    It was interesting to have a close look at the construction of the traditional huts with walls of mud and thatched roofs.

    village south of Rhumsiki
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    Hike south of Rhumsiki

    by sachara Updated Apr 20, 2004

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    Later in the morning the sun allready started to burn. The ground was very dry and dusty.
    A few times we crossed a small stream. In the water we saw women, washing their clothes. Also we saw cows standing in the water to cool down or to drink (you can see the cow by enlarging the picture).
    It felt a bit cooler near the streams. Reality or imagination ?

    little streams
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    Barrage, just south of Rhumsiki

    by sachara Updated Apr 20, 2004

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    In the first hour of our walk south of Rhumsiki we saw a barrage, an artificial pond, made to let the live-stock drink.
    At the moment of our visit also somebody was washing his car at the water-side.
    We enjoyed our walk in the early morning, looking at the small fields, the mountaineous background, the compounds, the donkeys, the cows and especially the women, carrying all kind of things on their head.

    barrage south of Rhumsiki
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    Rhumsiki, many peaks

    by sachara Written Apr 20, 2004

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    The surroundings of Rhumsiki are very scenic. Especially at north-west side of the village you will have breathtaking views at the valley, edged by striking peaks.
    But also on our walk to the south-east, we saw this peak, just after we started to walk out of the village.

    peak south of Rhumsiki
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    Hiking in the country-side around Rhumsiki

    by sachara Written Apr 20, 2004

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    Itis very easy to organise hikes for one or more days in Rhumsiki. It is also possible to make treks with horses.
    For an one-day hike, organised by Auberge Le Kapsiki, we paid 7.500 CFA, including three meals and a guide.
    The most paths and tracks we walked were very easy. The first hour of our walk we met a lot of people on their way to Rhumsiki, but also we saw many cows.

    the first path, leading south
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    Canoe the crater lake (Kumba)!

    by rslyons99 Updated Oct 10, 2003

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    Just outside Kumba is a large crater lake called Barombi Mbo. It is a pleasant and peaceful place, just a few kilometers from the bustle of Kumba. It is less famous than the twin lakes of Bangem, or the killer lake Nyos, but all have similar geology. National Geographic did a great story on the Nyos gas release in 1986 (which killed several thousand people), and several of the country's crater lakes, including Barombi, have a risk of release.

    From the Kumba market, take a taxi "Up Station." Tell the driver you are going to the lake. It's unlikely that he'll take you that far, but you should be able to get at least to GBHS for 150 francs. From there, you're walking, 3 or 4 km mostly uphill.

    Watch for snakes! I almost stepped on a black mamba one day when I wasn't paying attention.

    There is a small village across the lake, and it is possible to hire someone to canoe you across. There are lots of legends about the lake--ask and you'll hear all sorts of tales.

    Crossing Barombi
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