A short drive from Bamenda is the residential compound of one of the local fons (chiefs) and his several dozen wives. I used the excellent but rather expensive rental care service operating out of the Ayaba Hotel, but it is also possible to take a taxi. The tour is not expensive and includes an extremely interesting museum. One of the fons' wives...more
If you would like to explore the countryside, do some trekking or go horse riding then head to the village of Belo (45 mins taxi from Bamenda). Visit the Berudep Visitors Centre and Tourist Information to get details on walks and treks. Berudep are a non profit organisation with a focus on developing eco tourism.more
Situated 45 mins shared taxi ride from Bamenda in the North West province is the picturesque highland village of Belo 3 Corners. Although not mentioned in any guidebooks yet this beautiful village is the access point to a secret paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. The vast opportunity for trekking, mountain biking, camping, birdwatching, and...more
Trek up into the mountains around Fundong and meet a family from the Fulani tribe.Walk through the village and meet the friends and relatives (there are many!!)Walk for water with the children.Stop at the local market and buy some fresh fruit.Walk to the waterfalls and caves.Ride horses and milk cows.Pound fufu-corn for dinner.Talk and roast corn...more
Have an audience with the Fon - King of the Kom tribe. It's a 2 hour trek from Fundong up to the Impenatrable palace sitting in the clouds overlooking the kingdom of Kom.You need to arrange the visit with BERUDEP in Belo or Fundong and buy a bottle of wine as a 'gift' to send to the Fon in advance to see if he will accept your wish for an audience....more
The only proper coffee shop in Bamenda. Run by the North West Coffee Co-operative it is super cheap (100cfa) and actually comes in a coffee cup. They also do really cheap omelettes (250 cfa) with fresh bread. It is clean and has proper sit down tables and crockery. Very impressed. Spicy spaghetti omelette with a fresh cup of coffee.more
Dreamland is a reataurant in Bamenda where you can get 'whitemans food' or local dishes. It is the nearest thing to what a westerner would consider a restaurant with table cloths, waiter service, full menu and is clean. It also has a bigscreen television if you would like to watch the football and the nicest flushing toilet in Bamenda! They do a...more
Take a shared taxi from Bamenda to some of the villages in the highlands.
Taxis leave from Nkwan park and you may have to change at mile 4 depending on other passangers destinations.
Bamenda - Belo = 900cfa (45 mins)
Bamenda - Njinikom = 1200cfa (1 hour)
Bamenda - Fundong = 1500cfa (1 hour 20)
Taxis run every five - ten mins and leave as soon as they are full. A taxi is considered full when it has 4 passengers in the back and 3/4 in the front however the journey is quite smooth as the road is newly tarmaced all the way to Fundong.
This is a great craft shop offering all types of arts and carvings from Cameroon but especially from the N/W. The great thing about Prescraft is it's fair trade policy ensuring that the craftsmen get a fair price for their workmanship.
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 of fruitbats with a waterfall flowing over the top of it. From here it was a steep decsent back to Abuh village (often on my backside).
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.