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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ?
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