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This tour gives you the opportunity to experience natural as well as cultural realities of Littoral, North-West and South west and south Regions of Cameroon. Cameroon is a geological marvel ...

This tour gives you the opportunity to experience natural as well as cultural realities of Littoral, North-West and South west and south Regions of Cameroon. Cameroon is a geological marvel characterized by many mountain ranges, plateau and plains harboring more than 200 ethnic groups on a 475 422 square kilometers surface area. Thanks to its captivating landscapes with unparalleled beauty, the density of its multifaceted settlements, discovery in this part of the country many century-old strange objects.
Cultures and Traditions make up one of the circuits that are very much cherished; it helps you to undertake trips and to visit a variety of landscapes while getting into contact with the very rich cultural and traditional diversity of the country.
• Discovering the most beautiful landscapes of the North and South west Regions;
• Pleasant walks around Lakes and Mountains;
• Spending nights in very comfortable hotels;
• Comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle;
• Very good travelling conditions;
• Guaranteed total condition at the end of the tour.

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  • 1. 25 DAYS STUDENT’S STUDY TOUR. • Number of days: 25days/24nights • Destinations: Littoral - North West – south west – South Region • Accommodation: Hotels Lodges, Camps • Tour type: Groups • Validity Dates: Unlimited TOUR HIGHLIGHTS.Douala Statute of Liberty Monument, Castle of King Akwa Ndika P, Missions des Catholiques, Douala PortBamenda Visit the Sacred Mectchie Waterfalls en route, Local Markets, Chief’s Palace, Handicraft Centers, Menchum Falls, Mountains and Lakes, Museum at the Fon’s Palace,South Mount Cameroon, Botanical Garden, the Zoological Garden, Slaves route in Cameroon,West Bimbia in Limbe, visit the Old German Wharf, chains used on slaves and abandoned Ship, Alfred Saker Camp, The British Canon, beachKribi Lobe Falls, BeachThis tour gives you the opportunity to experience natural as well as cultural realities of Littoral, North-West and South west and south Regions of Cameroon. Cameroon is a geological marvel characterizedby many mountain ranges, plateau and plains harboring more than 200 ethnic groups on a 475 422square kilometers surface area. Thanks to its captivating landscapes with unparalleled beauty, thedensity of its multifaceted settlements, discovery in this part of the country many century-old strangeobjects. Cultures and Traditions make up one of the circuits that are very much cherished; it helps you toundertake trips and to visit a variety of landscapes while getting into contact with the very rich culturaland traditional diversity of the country. • Discovering the most beautiful landscapes of the North and South west Regions; • Pleasant walks around Lakes and Mountains; • Spending nights in very comfortable hotels; • Comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle; • Very good travelling conditions; • Guaranteed total condition at the end of the tour. B sadi – bijou bloc 4 Douala – Cameroon. Tel: (237) 33 47 70 00, Fax: (237) 33 15 67 05, Cell :( 237) 70 49 76 63 Global Bush Travel and Tourism Agency info@globalbushtratour.com skype: tourism66 www.globalbushtratour.com Pg. 1
  • 2. DETAILED ITINERARY PROGRAMME:DAY 1: DOUALA Arrival at the Douala International Airport, reception by Global bush Representative, transferred tothe hotel. Brief tour of the City of Douala which is the Capital of the Littoral Province and it is big andbusy, with about 2 million inhabitants. It is also where the major port of Cameroon is and all thistogether makes it the economic center of Cameroon. leisure activities, dinner and night in the hotel.DAY 02: DOUALA - KRIBIBreakfast, departure for the beach in Kribi. The beach area is very nice with palm trees and soothingwaves, it will be a great place to relax and prepare for the trip. The beach will not be crowded and it isperfect for beach walking. For those who enjoy this I recommend a walk south (maybe 3km) to theLobe Falls, it is not spectacular in height, but it does end up directly into the sea. It’s also nice to take abath in the sweet water and I admit you can be playing in the sand for some time, building dams,canals… Kribi town centre is where you can find plenty of restaurants and people enjoying themselveson night clubs. This town place is where Cameroonians are coming to relax and have fun. Dinner andnight in Hotel.DAY 3: KRIBI - MUNDEMBAAfter breakfast early morning, continue the tour by going up the coast and taking a boat from Idenao, asmall fishing village a bit further west from Limbe. The boat will transport you about 6 hours up theriver, into the jungle, to the town of Mundemba. Lunch in the boat, Pass along the shores villages aswell as dense vegetation. Upon arrival you will discover that Mundemba is a very small and sleepytown with its main attraction the Korup National Park, Africa’s oldest remaining rain forest. It isestimated to be as old as 60 million years (due to surviving the ice age). Dinner and night in Guesthouse.DAY 4 – 6: KORUP NATIONAL PARKBreakfast, start the day by trekking into the jungle. Korup National Park is situated on the border toNigeria. The border together with the surrounding rivers has helped preserve the forest. The rivers arewide and fast and the only way to get across is by using the very long bridges, an attraction by themselves. The area is about 1’260 km² and contains the highest species and natural genetic richnessrecorded so far in Africa. Since you will stay one night in the forest there is good chance of seeinganimals like monkeys and birds. There are other animals around like leopards, forest elephant andbuffalo, drill, antelope and so forth, but then you need to be quiet.Accompanying you, are guides with at least seven (7) years of education and they can tell you manyinteresting facts about the plants surrounding you, like the ancistrocladus korupensis, a creeper plantwhich scientists hope cure forms of cancer and HIV. If very quiet and very lucky you will maybe get tosee the critically endangered Cross River Gorilla (only about 150-200 individuals remaining). In the B sadi – bijou bloc 4 Douala – Cameroon. Tel: (237) 33 47 70 00, Fax: (237) 33 15 67 05, Cell :( 237) 70 49 76 63 Global Bush Travel and Tourism Agency info@globalbushtratour.com skype: tourism66 www.globalbushtratour.com Pg. 2
  • 3. evening on day 6 you will come back to Mundemba and Boseme Café, staying one more night beforecontinuing north.DAY 7: MUNDEMBA – KUMBA - BAMENDABreakfast, you will move north today and it is a full day of travel. Together with head driver you willfirst go from Mundemba to Kumba. This is a dirt road about 60 km and you will make one stop visitinga palm oil refinery. Palm oil is one of the most fundamental export products in Cameroon and you willlearn more of its taste and uses. Most dishes contain palm oil. In Kumba the means of transportchanges from car to bus and before leaving it is good to eat something (lunch). The roads up toBamenda, Capital of the Northwest Region, are tarred and sometimes of very high standards. They willtake you to the beautiful highlands. In the evening you will arrive to Bamenda and check-in to hotel,dinner and night.DAY 8: BAMENDABreakfast, full day in Bamenda, The tour guide will accompany you and give you ideas of what to doand discover, but it is also a day when you will have time to rest if necessary. In the afternoon have ataste of traditional food for lunch. The town is situated in a ‘pot’ at an altitude of about 1000m. Thescenery surrounding Bamenda is beautiful, steep mountain sides and waterfalls. About 300’000inhabitants share the streets and buildings and they contribute giving the town a pulse. There are a lotof entrepreneurs and the market outside the hotel can offer everything during weekdays. Bamenda isalso the heart of the English-speaking political opposition and if you visit a small restaurant or a baryou are guaranteed discussions if wanted. Return to hotel, dinner and night.DAY 9- 10: BAMENDA – WUM - NKAMBEBreakfast, It is time to explore the highlands with its rolling hills, waterfalls and holy crater lakes. Thetrip will follow the ‘ring road’ which circles the heart of the highland area. First stop will be the town ofWum, but before reaching this community, you will visit Menchum Falls and also lake Ilum and LakeWum. Menchum Falls is a dramatic waterfall digging out the rock about an hours drive from Bamenda.This will be the first stop and it lies just next to the road. According to the Bradt guide book one shouldbe aware of the safety railings, they could be dangerous. Dinner and night in Wum. From Wum youwill go to Nkambe and along the road you will visit the infamous Lake Nyos. This lake makes alltraditional beliefs about the crater lakes real and understandable. What are the beliefs? There aremany stories and legends and the best way of finding out is to ask people you meet and the Tour guidewill assist you. In short one can say the lakes are holy, magical, or possessed by witchcraft and not tobe disturbed. People say that “if you throw a stone into the lake, it will come right back up”. Localsdon’t swim or fish in the lakes. They do not fetch water to drink. To do any of this is dangerous, if notdeadly. They prefer to stay at a distance. Why is Lake Nyos infamous? In August 1986 the lake let loosea big cloud of gas. This eruption was very powerful and the trees lining the shores were leveled. Thecloud got caught in the wind and passed the village of Su-bum where the suffocating carbon dioxidekilled some 1’800 people and countless animals. Scientists believe a bubble of gas was created at thebottom of the lake. Since the Crater Lake is very deep, the pressure helped to create the size of thecloud and after a while the water could no longer contain the amount of gas. This is one explanation.Nkambe is as most small communities in the area quite unused to visits. B sadi – bijou bloc 4 Douala – Cameroon. Tel: (237) 33 47 70 00, Fax: (237) 33 15 67 05, Cell :( 237) 70 49 76 63 Global Bush Travel and Tourism Agency info@globalbushtratour.com skype: tourism66 www.globalbushtratour.com Pg. 3
  • 4. DAY 11 – 12: NKAMBE – BANSO - KUMBOExcept for the transport nothing along the road is planned for. The area will of course be beautiful.Maybe today is a good day to make plenty spontaneous stops along the road? The locals will definitelythink you are the happening of the month (maybe of the year). In the afternoon you reach Banso,outside Kumbo, where you will stay in pairs, for two nights with a local family, sharing their food andhopefully help them with their daily shores. These days also include one social visit to the Shisonggeneral hospital orphanage; visit the Blind school in Kumbo, including a curtsey visit in the BansoFons palace. The second evening you will have a feast together with the villagers. Palm wine will ofcourse be offered.DAY 13: KUMBO - BAMENDABreakfast, return back to Bamenda via the holy heart of Northwest Region, Mt Oku and Lake Oku.Mount Oku is the second highest mountain in Cameroon reaching 3’011m. This region is part of OkuFondom, a place with rich history and great knowledge of traditional medicine and witchcraft. Mt Okuis climbable, but it will take about seven hours going up and down and it is good to start early in themorning. Maybe this is a good exercise before the ascent of Mt Cameroon? If everyone in the groupwants to do this, it will be on the groups own accord an expenses and you must follow the local rules.First you must visit the Fon’s palace and ask for permission, together with a gift (Tour guide will knowthe most appropriate). Second, you will be offered a guide and it is good to accept this. The guideshould get paid and the fee is between 5’000 and 10’000 CFA. Third, be respectful of the mountain.This does not just mean to heed local customs, but also to remember the physical aspects. It will mostlikely be hot. Don’t forget water and some kind of food. Dinner and night in Bamenda Town.DAY 14: BAMENDA - BUEABreakfast, It is time to care for Mt Cameroon. From Bamenda you will go to Buea (870 m) on theslopes of Mt Cameroon. This is from where almost all expeditions start and upon arrival, check intohotel. Your guide will instruct you on what to bring and what to take into consideration. Eat well, restwell and dream of trekking the mountain.DAY 15 – 18: MOUNT CAMEROON.Breakfast, during these days you will be trekking the slopes of Mt Cameroon, making an attempt toreach the peak at 4’100 m (the sixth highest on the continent of Africa). Locally it is also called MtFako or Mongo-mo-Ndemi, Mountain of Greatness. A big name, but the mountain rises directly fromthe shore lines of the Gulf of Guinea and due to this it is a massive sight. It is not the famousKilimanjaro or Mt Kenya, but the trek will be physical as well as entertaining/interesting. During theascent you will start within the rain forest and pass different levels of vegetations, sub-alpine meadowsand black lava formations. The Vulcan is still active and there have been seven eruptions the last 100years. Most recently in the spring 2000, but also in 1999 and in 1982 during the filming of Greystoke:The Legend of Tarzan (which actual location is the coast of Gabon). The ascent is made during dryseason, but it can still rain, so bring dry clothes and rain cover, like a parka or rain jacket. During rainseason it is one of the wettest places on earth. Annually Mt Cameroon receives 10’000 mm of rain. Theslopes inhabit elephants, antelopes, primates and a lot of different birds. On day 18, after reaching thesummit you will go back down to Buea rest, dinner and night in hotel. B sadi – bijou bloc 4 Douala – Cameroon. Tel: (237) 33 47 70 00, Fax: (237) 33 15 67 05, Cell :( 237) 70 49 76 63 Global Bush Travel and Tourism Agency info@globalbushtratour.com skype: tourism66 www.globalbushtratour.com Pg. 4
  • 5. DAY 19 - 22: BUEA - LIMBEBreakfast, drive to Limbe. Limbe is situated by the sea, at the foot of the mountain and between thegreen hills it is very picturesque. During these days visit Bimbia in Limbe the site of an old slavetrading port where you can learn about the colonial times, where slaves were assembled forexportation to Europe and America during the slave trading period. There are some historicalattractions still present in Bimbia today. They include; Old German Wharf where ships anchored forthe embarkation of slaves, chains used on slaves and abandoned Ship, the Alfred Saker Camp (whereAlfred Saker first landed in Cameroon, A monument has been constructed to commemorate hisarrival); the British Canon (an instrument used to abolish slave trade); foundation of the first printingpress built by Joseph Merrick (English missionary); Nichol Island (site that harbored slaves prior totheir journey to the new world) etc, the Botanical Garden, the Zoological Garden (a primate sanctuary)and eat at one of the small local restaurants. The guide will take you to places with very good food. It isalso quite nice to take a stroll to the beach front. From here you can see the island of Bioko, were thecapital of Equatorial Guinea, Malabo, lies. Outside Limbe there are also beaches which are nice forswimming. Ask for Mile 6 or Mile 11, but add ‘beach’. Quite many places are called something inconnection with ‘Mile’ in Cameroon, roundabouts, bus stations, general meeting places and such.DAY 23 – 24: LIMBE - DOUALABreakfast, drive back to Douala. Back at the beginning and three weeks has passed, but it’s not finishedyet since there are things you can do. You will stay at La Procure Générale des Missions Catholiques; inshort, you just call it "Missions des Catholiques". This old mission is situated in the center of Douala,in a neighborhood called Akwa. Take time to discover the surroundings, it is very exciting; On Sundaysthere is always a game of football and this is something very serious and it could be due to the impactof what the famous footballer Roger Milla had on African football in the world. He ‘helped’ lessen therespect African players had towards ‘over-seas’ players. There is a premier league in Cameroon andfour of the teams are from Douala, hence the fact that there is always a game on Sundays. The gamestarts at 15.00, bring something to drink (this is not an included activity).Before going home many people like buying souvenirs and in Cameroon you can find really niceartistic pieces. Masks, bags, bronze statuettes, games and all kinds of different interesting things willbe available, but do not forget to haggle. The place to go is Centre Artisanal de Douala. If you go, pleasevisit the shop owner Choclaude. His shop is situated before the entrance of the narrow ‘souvenircorridors’. First, he is a very funny guy with lots on his mind; second, he has a lot of high quality bags,cloths and similar items and it’s definitely worth spending time at his place. If you already have foundeverything you need, have a rest at his place, invite him for a beer and enjoy his company. Dinner andnight in Douala B sadi – bijou bloc 4 Douala – Cameroon. Tel: (237) 33 47 70 00, Fax: (237) 33 15 67 05, Cell :( 237) 70 49 76 63 Global Bush Travel and Tourism Agency info@globalbushtratour.com skype: tourism66 www.globalbushtratour.com Pg. 5
  • 6. DAY 25: DOUALABreakfast, leisure activities and later in the afternoon departure for Douala International Airport,Departure formalities, farewell greetings, take off and end of Tour. END OF OUR SERVICES, WISHING YOU AN EXCELLENT SAFARI!!THIS OFFER INCLUDES:  Transfer from the airport to lodging establishments and vice-versa;  Catering services (three meals/day);  Lodging in three and four-star indicated hotels (local standards) or equivalent;  Land transport (road)  Services of a main guide and local tourist guides;  Services of a driver;  Entry fees (into sites);  Toll gates;  Visit and activities planned.THIS OFFER DOES NOT INCLUDE:  Passports, visas, vaccines charges and fees related to other formalities;  Insurance, repatriation fees and luggage charges (strongly advised!)  Drinks, personal expenditures, individual meals, tips, excursions and optional visits;  Airport taxes;  Taxes on cameras in sites visited;  Additional Single;  Extras;  Tips to guides or drivers.  Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls etc.  Excursions not detailed in above program.  Any item not mentioned in the above itinerary. B sadi – bijou bloc 4 Douala – Cameroon. Tel: (237) 33 47 70 00, Fax: (237) 33 15 67 05, Cell :( 237) 70 49 76 63 Global Bush Travel and Tourism Agency info@globalbushtratour.com skype: tourism66 www.globalbushtratour.com Pg. 6