Day 1. Check-in
Brussel – Douala
08.40 hour: Check-inn at the balie van Brussels Airlines in Brussel Airport for check in SN 371naar Douala
10.40 hour: Departure SN 371 to Douala. Lunch and snacks on bord
16.30 hour: Arrival in Douala
After breakfast in the hotel we depart by private car to Limbe, the former Victoria, in the South West province of Cameroon. Limbe has approx. 90.000 inhabitants and lies at the foot of the second highest volcano of Africa, Mnt. Cameroon. (highest is Mnt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania)
Victoria (Limbe) was founded in June 1858 by the British missionary Alfred Saker of the Baptist Missionary Society of London. He bought the land from the local King William 1 of Bimbia. Therefore the city and its surroundings never belonged to the German colony of Kamerun but remained under British rule.
On May 7, 1886 England and Germany agreed to exchange Victoria and surroundings for land near the Forcados river in Nigeria and St. Lucia in South Africa and on March 28, 1887 Victoria was handed over to the German administration. At the same time Swiss missionaries bought the land from the Baptist Missionary Society in 1887. In 1915 after the first World War, Victoria became British again. In 1982 Victoria was renamed into Limbe.
Upon arrival in Limbe we make a small tour of the town. We may visit the old German botanical Gardens (1892) and the Wild Life Center where Gorilla’s, Chimpanzees and orphaned monkeys find a safe haven. On the way to the hotel a short visit to the lava stream, left by Mnt Cameroon during the last eruption in 1999. Overnight in hotel Seme Beach, a comfortable hotel with its own private beach with black volcanic sand.
Day 3. Limbe-Kumba
Breakfast at the hotel and departure from Limbe via the tea plantations in Buea, and huge banana andrubber plantations to Kumba. The city is a trade centre for cacao and oil palms, and has a timber industry aswell. Kumba is a local road junction, making it one of the main commercial towns in anglophone Cameroon. In recent years, trading in Kumba has attracted the interest of many foreigners, mostly Nigerians, who now control a greater percentage of the Kumba main market. Although it is the largest city in the southwest province of Cameroon, it is not the provincial capital; which is located in Buea, the former German colonial capital. Because of its size, most major roads to the provincial interior radiate from Kumba, running to the Nigerian border at Mamfe, the Korup National Park at Mundemba, and Mt. Koupe to the east. Check in hotel Elongo Gardens in Kumba. In the evening we have dinner with a Cameroonian family at home. Bridget Mufut is a Cameroonian woman from Kumba and mother of 6 children. She enjoys to receive tourists and talk to them about daily Cameroonian life. Moreover she is an excellent cook and will present you with asumptuous dinner.
Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 4. Kumba-Lake Barombi-Melong
After breakfast we visit the premier geographical attraction in Kumba, Barombi Mbo, a large crater lake located two kilometers northwest of Kumba’s city center. As an optional excursion we can hire a pirogue from the local fisherman to peddle us to the opposite side of the lake to visit the small village of Barombi. The chief of the village will be happy to meet us. Walk backthrough the tropical rainforest along the lake and picnic lunch at the lake. Continue our trip via Mutengene and Nkongsamba to Melong. In Melong we stay in the small but charming Villa Luciole hotel.
Day 5. Melong-Bangem-Melong
After breakfast we depart for a day trip to Bangem and the famous Twin Crater Lakes. Bangem is a friendly mountain village high up in the Bakossi Mountains with fertile fields and a friendlyEnglish speaking populaton. The trip takes us through traditional villages with traditional Bakossi houses with typical conical roofs. In Bangem it is possible to hike to the highersituated Twin Lakes. Reaching the Lakes we see the smaller “unfriendly” algae rich green “ManLake” and the bigger, “friendly” deep blue “Woman lake” Local people still sacrifice at theselakes to their gods. Swimming is only allowed in the Woman Lake. Lunch in Bangem and return to Melong for overnight in hotel Villa Luciole.
Day 6. Melong-Bamenda
Breakfast and departure to the capital of the North West Region, Bamenda and the English speaking region of Cameroon. On our way possible visit to the Ekom waterfalls. These waterfalls have once been used as the scenic setting of the movie ‘Tarzan”. In Bandjoun near the town of Bafoussam we visit the famous Chiefdom of Bandjoun (Unesco world heritage site) and see the intricate wood work of the chiefs’ buildings. Arrival in Bamenda and overnight in the Zwinkels Guest House. On request one can have dinner in the guest house.
Day 7. Bamenda
Breakfast at Zwinkels House. Today is a day off and you can explore a bustling African city on your own. You can visit the big central market of Bamenda, a bronze atelier where you can watch the artist making bronze articles with the lost wax method, have lunch in the Presscraft handicraft center Café or just relax on a small street side terrace and watch the color full African life go by. On request dinner in Zwinkels Guest House or in a restaurant in town.
Day 8. Bamenda-Bafut-Belo Mountains
Breakfast. Departure to Bafut and visit to the famous Chiefdom of Bafut (Unesco Worldheritage site), one of the queens of the palace will guide us around the palace. Watch the traditional Juju mask dances.
Visit to the Sajocah handicapped center sponsored by the Liliane Fund. Dutch surgeonsoperate here twice a year free of charge and fantastic work is being done here.
Continue our trip to the Belo mountains where we will stay in the comfortable rondavels of the Zwinkels Mountain Lodge. Dinner in the pavilion of the Mountain Lodge .
Day 9. Belo Mountains
Breakfast. Today you have the choice to either make a long day trek with picnic lunch on the way to the Oku Lake guided by an experienced guide or do the “village walk” to different small villages in the surroundings. It is also possible to hire horses and ride under guidance of the Fulani’s in the beautiful countryside. For those who do not want to walk, a visit can be made to the Ndawara Tea Estate to see the plantations and the tea processing factory.
Dinner and overnight in the Zwinkels Mountain Lodge.
Day 10. Belo Mountains-Foumban
After breakfast departure to Bamenda and drive via Bafoussam to the Islamic town of Foumban. Overnight in hotel Paradise Palace in Koutaba, a small village 10 km from Foumban.
Day 11. Foumban
Breakfast in the hotel. Today we visit the palace and the museum of the Sultan of Foumban. Lunch in town and after lunch visit to “Artisans Street”. Here you can see artisans busy with wood carving, bronze casting, wicker work etc. Here you can also buy the best hand made souvenirs. Return to Koutaba for dinner and overnight in the Paradise Palace hotel.
Day 12. Foumban-Yaoundé
After an early breakfast we depart on a long trip to the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde. We pass many small villages where life is lived along the road. Everything you can think of is for sale along the road. Short lunch stop in Bafia. Arrival in Yaounde in the late afternoon and check in hotel Jully Guest in the center of town.
In Yaoundé there is a choice of restaurants in the neighborhood of the hotel where you can have dinner. Overnight in hotel Jully Guest.
Day 13 Yaoundé Kribi
Breakfast and after a short tour of Yaounde departure for Kribi. Kribi is the holiday resort of Cameroon, situated at beautiful sandy beaches fringed by palm trees. The road to Kribi goes through a densely forested area and huge palm oil plantations. Arrival in Kribi and check inhotel Framotel for overnight. Dinner can be taken in the hotel or in one of the many good seaside fish restaurants in Kribi.
Day 14. Kribi
After breakfast in the hotel we can make an optional tour by pirogue on the River Lobe to visit a Pygmy tribe in the forest. Upon return, visit to the Lobe waterfalls, one of the few waterfalls in the world that flows directly into the sea. If you like you can have lunch with freshly caught shrimps and a cool beer on the beach. Return to the hotel and rest of the day free for relaxing, swimming etc.. Overnight in Framotel.
Day 15. Kribi
Breakfast in the hotel and a day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 16. Kribi-Douala
Breakfast in the hotel and morning free for swimming or relaxing on the beach. After lunchdeparture to Douala and visit to the biggest artisanal market of Cameroon to do some last souvenir shopping.
Around 18.00 hrs Zwinkels Tours Cameroon offers the group coffee and cake or a last pizza on a terrace, opposite hotel Akwa Palace. Around 20.00 hrs we depart to the airport for check in Brussels Airlines flight back to Brussels
End of trip.
PRICE PER PERSON IN CASE OF 6 PAX: EUR 1.675.—
PRICE PER PERSON IN CASE OF 8 PAX: EUR 1.450.—
Welcome and assistance upon arrival in Douala by English speaking guide of Zwinkels Tours Cameroon
Transport by private car with driver during the entire trip in Cameroon
Petrol, toll gates and insurance
15 overnights in good tourist class hotels/guest house and trekkers camp on basis of sharing twin rooms with bath/shower and air conditioning or fan where possible.
All breakfasts (continental breakfast) in hotels/guest house and trekkers camp.
Full board in the ‘Trekkers Camp
1 x dinner with Cameroonian family
1 x light farewell dinner in Douala
- 1 x English and French speaking guide of ZTC during entire trip in Cameroon
Assistance by ZTC upon departure from the airport of Douala
Administration and booking costs
International flight(s) to/from Cameroon
All other meals (pick nick)lunches, dinners) and drinks
- All excursions and/or entry fees
Airport tax upon departure from Cameroon (CFA 10.000/EUR 15.–)
Visa and/or passport costs
Vaccination costs (yellow fever is compulsory and will be checked upon arrival)
Tips to guide(s) and/or driver, hotel personnel
Porterage at airport/hotels
Insurances (travel insurance, cancellation insurance)
Extended travel insurance with world wide coverage