Itinerary and highlights
- Arrival in Douala. We will spend the night at the well-known "Sailor’s
Home" of the German sailor’s home mission. A wonderful garden, a
swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms await us. (Prior
registration is required. Participants who register very late may
have to be accommodated in a good midrange hotel. (Accommodation in
double rooms. Single rooms, if available, for a surcharge)
- Departure from Douala.
- Let's get out of this overflowing city! Already after 90
kilometres, we arrive in Limbe, the former Victoria.
- Visit to the Limbe Wildlife Centre. An animal foster and shelter
station, which takes care of wild animals that were smuggled
illegally out of the rainforest. Over a dozen gorillas also live
here. But also chimpanzees and other monkeys such as mandrills, as
well as parrots and reptiles find refuge here and receive medical
- Just 20 km out of Limbe, we will camp right at the ocean on a
- A day off to relax and get accustomed to Cameroon! The black
beaches in the southwest of Cameroon are one of a kind. The Mount
Cameroun volcano erupted last in 1999 and spewed its lava all the
way up to here. The stream of lava stopped only 45 m short of the
ocean. The palm-lined beach is flat and stretches far out into the
ocean. One can wander for kilometres along the beach. A dream comes
- Near Limbe, we will drive along the old "Tea Road" to Buea. This
curvy road winds its way through the tea plantations all the way to
Buea. Uniquely beautiful. Buea is for Mount Cameroun the same as
Zermatt for the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Starting point for the
climbing of the country's most impressive mountain. The highest peak
in all of West Africa can seldom be seen. Its peak is generally
shrouded in clouds.
- Camp near a hotel.
- From an elevation of 1000 m in Buea, we now drive down a steep
road almost to sea level. Our next destination. The Ekom Waterfalls
near Nkongsamba. The movie "Greystoke - Lord of the Apes" with
Christopher Lambert was filmed here. The waterfalls can only be
reached by foot. But from tonight's campsite, we have a wonderful
view on the falls.
Day 6 - 10
- We will reach Bamenda towards midday. We will be able get the
supplies we require for the next 4 days at the big market. Bamenda
is the starting point for our trip on the "Ringroad", possibly
Cameroon's most impressive stretch of landscape. The landscape
alternates between forests, savannah and grassland. And time and
again, mountains and crater lakes. On short hiking tours, the
natives will show us their wonderful country. Just about 400
kilometres lie ahead of us.
- Until Wum, the only larger town on the "Ringroad", the track is
still good. Many small villages with cheerful people lie along the
way. We will not be seeing any other tourists. This is why the
inhabitants exhibit such friendly curiosity. The people here still
live very traditionally. The village chiefs – called Fon – live in
their palaces and are highly respected. We will be visiting one or
two of the palaces. We will drive through villages with strange
names such as We, Su Bum, Bum. Once we are past Nkambe, the track
gets a little better. It climbs to an elevation of 2000 m. Bush
camping is the word, camping at crater lakes or maybe also a night
in a small village. The "Ringroad" - a memorable experience.
- Today, we will reach Foumbam. This historical city from the
German colonial era boasts an impressive palace and a museum. We
will be visiting both. Craftwork (masks) and naturally also local
products are offered at the colourful market.
- Our longest travel day. On good tarred roads, past Bafoussam and
Bafia, we will travel to Yaounde, the country's capital. We will
spend the night on the property of a mission station.
- One day in the capital of the country. Impressive and maybe even
frightening: The lively city life and the chaotic traffic. Countless
colourful markets catch our eye. Particularly worth seeing: The
museum of art on the property of the Benedictine monastery high
above the city.
- On the way to Yaounde, we will drive through dense rainforest
again. We will drive through Ebolowa to Kribi, Cameroon's most
popular seaside resort with wonderful sandy beaches stretching all
the way down to the border to Equatorial Guinea.
- Camp on the beach south of Kribi.
- Visit to the Sala Waterfalls. We will travel up the river in a
pirogue, through dense rainforest, and visit a Pygmy village.
- Onward journey towards Campo.
- Camp on the beach.
- We will reach the small town of Campo and are already in the
middle of the Campo-Ma’an National Park. Lowland gorillas, elephants
and various monkey species live here. However, these animals are
extremely shy. We will likely be able to hear them. But it is rather
unlikely that we will also see them. This park is not equipped for
tourism yet, and gorilla guided tours, for which the permit alone
costs several hundred dollars, are not offered here (yet).
- Onward journey to a small lodge in the park. Starting point for
tomorrow's hike through the rainforest. We will be camping there.
- Today, we will be going for a hike in the real rainforest. Our
day will consist of high temperatures with high humidity, swarms of
mosquitoes, sweat, the sounds of the rainforest and tracks from
gorillas and elephants. A hike through the rainforest is exhausting,
and is anything but the relaxed and fluffy image of the fascinating
primeval forest and fantastic nature that we know from Tarzan movies.
A very special experience.
- Camp at the lodge.
- Return trip along the beach until we are near Kribi. We will
enjoy one last day and night on a wonderful Atlantic beach in the
south of Cameroon.
- This day is our buffer day. On journeys in Africa, it is always
possible that delays may occur. This can be due to the weather, poor
roads, delays at border crossings, technical breakdowns or the need
of medical aid etc. We have included this day so that we will be
able to carry out our full travel programme without pressure of
- Return to Douala. We will spend the night again at the “Sailor’s
home or equivalent hotel. (Accommodation in double rooms. Single
rooms, if available, for a surcharge)
- Day of departure. Most flights to Europe start in the evening or
After booking, you will receive from us detailed travel information.
Preparation, equipment, visa, health care and detailed information of
the meeting point.
We are already in Douala one day before as well as two days after the
trip. Thus, you can choose your arrival and departure dates
Before the beginning of this trip, our vehicle will be in
Cotonou/Benin. We will be starting from there on January 1st, 2012 to
head towards Douala /Cameroon. We have 6 days to complete the trip
(approx.1700 km). We plan to arrive in Douala in the afternoon on
We offer the participants of Tour 31 the possibility of joining us in
Benin and travelling with us through Nigeria up to Douala. Costs: €
180,- . The regular on-board catering is included in the price. If you
are interested in this trip, please let us know with your reservation
for Tour 31. Additional visas are required for Benin and Nigeria (transit
|Length of Journey :
||21 days (including day of arrival and departure)
|Tour Price :
||Jan / 08 / 2012 –
Jan / 28 / 2012
Highest day temperature :
up to 31° C / 88° F
Night temperatures :
15° C - 20° C / 60° F - 70° F
yes, arrange before departure
to / from Douala / Cameroon
Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, Swiss,
Brussels Airlines, Afriquiyah Airwas
2 nights in a hotel (double room, A/C)
camp on camp sites or in a hotel garden 30 %
bush camp / beach camp 60 %
Our price includes
- 2 x hotels (Marin’s home in Douala, double room, A/C)
- All camping fees
- Entrance fee to the Limbe Wildlife Centre
- Entrance fee to the fon palace and the museum in Foumbam
- Excursion on the Lobe river by pirogue
- Entry fee and guided tour into the Campo Ma’an Nationalpark
- 11 x 3 meals per day
- 8 x 2 meals a day
- 2 x breakfast
(At the starting and ending points, we just serve breakfast. On
camping grounds with a restaurant, normally we do not do cooking.
- Taxi fees
- Photography fees
- Drinks (soft drinks / alcoholic drinks)
- Visa fees
- Tipps (for guides)