Barombi Mbo the Crater Lake near Kumba is worth a visit.
You can find the lake in a forested area some five kms. west of the town, the easiest way to get there is on foot.
You can try a taxi, but they are overpriced.
Once at the lake you can go for a swim or a pirogue trip.
When you are in the SE province you can’t miss it, you will find there small houses constructed with forest materials along most of the roads leading you into the forests. The BAKA people are the oldest indigenous tribe of Cameroon. They live semi-permanent in the forests of the SE, there they hunt, cultivate, collect forest products and so on. These people are real forest dwellers and live almost the same as they did a 100 years ago.
Situated in the southern part of the country at about 700 meters above sea level the capital Yaounde is nestled between green hills.
The city is growing rapidly. From 1987 to today the populations has nearly doubled. Nowadays there live about 1.3 Million people here. Most of them left the rural areas hoping to find better job opportunities in the big city. But only a few are that lucky. So beyond the modern buildings of the government and big international companies there are poor neighborhoods and even slums.
This modern building is the residence of the President of Cameroon Mr. Paul Biya who reigns Cameroon since 1982.
The building which has been constructed in 1983 cannot be visited. Not even can you get near it, because it is in the middle of huge premises protected by the police.
In this small but interesting museum you can find works of art of Cameroon like masks, statues and sculptures of wood and bronce.
The museum is within a monastery of the benedictines. It's open on thursday, saturday and sunday from 3 - 6 pm. Entrance is free of charge.
Rhumsiki in the north of Cameroon is a wonderful destination because of the beautiful landscape. Around Rhumsiki you can see the many striking peaks of the Kapsiki mountain range.
The peaks are named after the nearest village. So the peak, rising up from the valley just in front of Rhumsiki is the Rhumsiki Peak.
In the area around Rhumsiki you can make wonderful hikes for one or more days.
The traditional society of the tribes in Western Cameroon is based on family clans. Several clans together form small kingdoms which are headed by a chief.
These chiefs live in more or less luxury palaces which are called 'chefferie'.
The influence of the chiefs is considerable although they have no political function. They act as mediators if there is an argument between members of their tribe. And they also have some spiritual functions.
Rhumsiki is a touristic village. Everyone, who visits the north of Cameroon, visits Rhumsiki. So there are a few auberges, hotels, campements, bars, restaurants and shops in the village .... and a lot of boys offering their guidance. At the other hand Rhumsiki looked not touristic at all. During our visit there were hardly any other visitors from abroad. The atmosphere was relaxed. I enjoyed to sit in the open-air bar nearby, drinking a pamplemousse and looking at the local people gathering in the shade of the nearby tree.
In a small village north-east of Rhumsiki we visited a pottery, where two women make the local round ceramic pots. First they start to mix the local mud. When the pot has its shape, they make decorations at the outside of the pots with red coloured mud. The inside of the pot is greased with goat dung. Don't ask me why.
The Parc National de Waza is in the most northern part of Cameroon, in a savannah area.
In the park live elephants, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, lions and many birds.
We camped at the entrance of the park, so early in the morning at 6.30 am we could start our gamedrive.
It was wonderful to be in the park in the first morninglight. We saw a lot of birds, vultures, maribus and birds of prey, but not many other animals.
Entrance fee is 5.000 CFA per person, the guide 500 CFA per person, the camera fee is 2.000 and for each vehicle you have to pay 2.000 CFA
Opening hours: 6am -6pm.
We drove to a waterhole in the Parc National de Waza looking for hippos and other animals. But at this place we didn't see any animal.
The best time for viewing is in late March to April at the end of the dry period. We were there too early in the season, end January.
It was a pity, we didn't see the big herds of elephants or lions.
But we did see (allthough often too far away to make good pictures): giraffes, jackals, antilopes, warthogs and monkeys.
Nice for here, but not spectacular in comparision with the East African Parks.
We also had lunch in the Parc National de Waza. Our guide choosed a strategic place de Waza near a waterhole. Here we saw a lot of traces like foot-marks and the dung of the elephants, but not the animals theirselves. Only far away we saw some giraffes.
Our guide gave us a close encounter with one of the wild animals, an eagle with a broken wing. The only thing we could do was laying him back in the shade with some food.
It's also nice to make a walk through the village. You can visit the crab man, who can predict your future or do some shopping in the local craftstalls and workshops.
Rhumsiki itself is at an elevation. So by taking some small paths in the village along the edge of the valley, you have the most spectacular views, you can ever imagine.
The only thing is that's hard to walk alone. It looks like all the boys in the village want to be your guide. So, just say no and ignore and you have to continue ignoring till the end or .... take one as guide and you can chat a bit in a relaxed way, while walking.
Yaounde is set in a lushy vegetated area at about 750m altitude and is unique among West African capitals for its hilly environment.
It's not as lively as Douala, but most travellers prefer it here, and it's a good place to rest from the road and take care of necessities.
The climate is relatively cool, but it still can get sticky and sudden downpours are common.
Quartier des Tanneurs
Tanners take an animal skin and soak it in water. Then they pound and scour the skin to remove flesh and fat.
Next, either they soaked the skin in urine to loosen hair fibers or they let the skin putrefy for several months, after which they dipped the skin in a salt solution. After the hair fibers were loosened, the tanners would scrape them off with a knife.
Once the hair was removed, tanners bate the material by pounding dung into the skin. They would also take cedar oil, alum, or tannin and stretch the skin as it lost moisture and absorbed the tanning agent.
Finishing is usually done by coating the surface with paint-like mixes
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