At an average altitude of 1500m, The Western Highlands which comprises West and North West provinces in Cameroon is a region of natural scenery offering spectacular views brought about by imposing undulating savannah capped topography, which makes prominent the colourful valleys and round hills.
Amongst which are diverse cultural attractions ( chief palaces, arts and craft, respect of traditional values as portrayed by the locals). This region could therefore be described as relic of some prominent Cameroonian cultures... The beautiful waterfalls, lakes, reserves as well as the multiple arts and craftworks add to its value.
Sample tour Itinerary
Day 1; DOUALA Arrival at Douala: - Transfer to hotel, briefing dinner and night.
Day 2; Douala – Penja – Ekom – Mbouroukou Drive through open countryside full of local color and lush plantations -visit a tropical flower garden at Penja; we continue to the Ekom falls via Nkongsamba where certain scenes of the Tarzan movie “grey stroke” were shot. Visit of the falls cascading at an impressive 80m. We retrace our way back to Barre and continue to Mbouroukou, where we arrive in time for lunch. PM free, dinner and night in tents.
Day 3; Mbouroukou – Mount Manengouba – Bamenda – Bafut – Bamenda.
Visit a twin crater lake; continuation to Bamenda where we arrive by mid day: Check-in at a hotel, lunch. Later in the afternoon we depart for the Bafut locality where we visit the Bafut Palace, the seat of power for one of the largest and oldest great kingdoms (referred to as “fondoms”) in all of Africa. The 800 year-old Tikar “fondom” is a complex of traditional buildings and courtyards, including houses for the fon's numerous wives and children. We are escorted by one of the queens through the outer courtyard and ceremonial ground of the Bafut people, including the drum house and the inner palace called the “Achoum”. We view the “Nighaa Ni Bifh”, an immense talking drum used to send messages around the Bafut fondom, particularly in times of war, as well as ancient stones where prisoners or disloyal subjects were put to a brutal death. We then have the opportunity to view a traditional dance executed by the royal family. Dancers wear fantastic costumes indicative of their respective secret societies and move to the rhythms of drums and other traditional instruments. Return to Bamenda, dinner and night.
Day 4: Bamenda – Sabga – Babungo – Foumban We have and early breakfast before departing on the famous Ring Road to Sabga. The 210-mile Ring Road passes through some breathtaking scenery – pasturelands of the Grassfields area of West Cameroon. There are terraced fields in the mountains, forests and meadows. In Sabga, we tour a yogurt and cheese factory home to Bororo herdsmen which are descended from the nomadic Fulani people of the Sahel. The bororo arrived in Cameroon in the early 19th century; they still maintain their traditional Islamic culture and can be seen grazing their cattle throughout the Grassfields. We continue our scenic drive through small villages to Babungo, where we visit the Babungo Fon's palace and art collection. The Fon, if in residence, introduces us to a few of his 77 wives and 506 children, and shows us the ancient treasures of his dynasty, including priceless museum quality masks and ceremonial objects. We then drive to Foumban via Jakiri – picnic on the way; upon arrival, we visit the culturally rich town of Foumban. Exploring the Royal Palace of the Sultan as well as numerous traditional buildings dating from the period of German colonization. We spend the remainder of the afternoon meandering through the colorful market in the town center where there are plenty of opportunities to buy arts and crafts at a variety of shops and stalls. Artists and vendors from throughout the Congo Basin bring their goods to be sold here. End the day in Koutaba with dinner at our comfortable hotel.
Day 5: Koutaba – Bandjoun - Yaoundé After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Bandjoun in the West Province. Bandjoun is one of the largest Bamiléké chiefdoms and contains one of the most impressive traditionally built palaces in West and Central Africa. Rich in Bamiléké architecture, the chefferie (a traditional Bamiléké kingdom or chiefdom) consists of numerous rooms made of mud and palm leaves, with a thatched conical roof and exteriors augmented by carved wood panels. We visit the traditional museum and review the history of the Bamiléké people as illustrated through art, the grand case, and the ceremonial ground. We then drive to Yaoundé, the political capital of Cameroon, gradually leaving the western highland with its round capped hills and terraced farmland onward into the central plateau rich in manioc and ground nut produces. Known as the city of seven hills, Yaoundé is the seat of government, and also homeland to the Beti ethnic group. Dinner in a local restaurant and transfer to the Nsimalen international airport for return flights.
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