ITINERARY

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All Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks and Drinks are provided each day and are included in the cost of the tour


DAY 1 Arrive Douala airport and proceed directly to our base hotel to spend the rest of the day relaxing, acclimatising and getting to know each other, with an introduction to Cameroon and the adventures to come.

DAY 2 We visit Limbe Animal Rescue Centre for your first animal encounter, the resident animal population normally consist of, chimpanzee, gorilla, drills, mandrills, red capped mangabeys, guenon, crocodile, snakes and duikers. Lunch is taken at our favourite water side restaurant, with panoramic views of the bay. The afternoon is spent in Limbe's beautiful old Botanical Gardens.

DAY 3 We depart for Barombi Mbo Crater Lake. After a short trek through forest we reach the lakeside, from here we travel by dugout canoe to a remote part of the lake to witness the day to day life of the Barombi people in a traditional African village, the village has not been altered or prepared to cater for tourism, it is authentic in every way.

DAY 4/5/6/7 Takes us on the first of our main expeditions to the Rain Forest reserve of Korup Park. Depending on prevailing conditions we may travel overland or by river stopping for lunch and places of interest en-route. We arrive late afternoon to check in at a bush lodge for dinner and overnight accommodation. In the morning we set off on the short drive to Korup, on arrival we make our way to the Rain Forest via the Mana river suspension bridge. On reaching the forest our porters and guide will be drawing attention to the various flora and fauna as they take us through the dense forest to our camping area. Here we take lunch with a short introduction to the forest. Following lunch we explore the immediate area with it's rivers and waterfall, returning in the late afternoon for dinner.

The next 2 days are spent exploring the Rain Forest in greater detail. During this time we visit the caves and area's favoured for animal sightings. Korup boasts a diverse animal population that includes, forest elephant, crocodile, antelope, primates and 250 species of birds. On the last day we break camp and begin our trek back, via the suspension bridge, to rendezvous with our transport for the return journey, stopping for lunch at Ekombe Liongo waterfall.

DAY 8 The day is spent visiting the nearby uninhabited Pirate Islands. We stop at the largest of the islands for a barbecue lunch. There is a wealth of marine life to be found in this area such as, Corals, Sea Fans, numerous species of tropical fish ( equipment will be available for those wishing to snorkel ).

DAY 9/10/11/12 Takes us on the second of our main expeditions to Mount Cameroon at 4,095 metres this is the highest mountain in West Africa. Being a fairly straight forward trek to the summit no particular climbing skills or experience are needed. A reasonable level of fitness and determination will see you to the top. There are various route options available, our chosen route would depend on the latest reports of animal sightings, but all routes take us through known elephant and primate area's. On the last day we descend to the old colonial Mountain Hotel at Buea for lunch.

DAY 13 Your last day is spent visiting a traditional African market. We break for lunch then set off for a tour of Douala, the commercial capital of Cameroon, here you will see one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in Africa. Finally we arrive at the airport for the flight home.


 

FACT FILE

 

LIMBE ANIMAL CENTRE :
The primate sanctuary was established at the old dilapidated Limbe Zoo by a dedicated team of volunteers and workers who have under very difficult conditions managed to transform the old zoo into a successful animal rescue centre. A guided tour of this facility will give you your first animal encounter. The usual animal population consist of, chimpanzee, gorilla, drills, mandrills, red capped mangabeys, guenon, crocodile, snakes and duikers. Each member of the group is supporting the project simply by visiting the centre - a donation is made by us, directly to the centre, for each visitor.

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THE BOTANICAL GARDENS :
The gardens were founded in 1882 to introduce new economic crops to Cameroon such as, coffee, cocoa, rubber, tea, and bananas, and was responsible for training the first Cameroonians in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. It became neglected due to lack of funding until a British / Cameroonian partnership was initiated in 1988 to restore the gardens to their former glory. Now completed, these impressive gardens are well worth a visit. A donation is made by us, directly to the gardens, for each visitor.

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BAROMBI CRATER LAKE :
Measuring 2.5 kilometres across and 110 metres deep Barombi Mbo is one of Cameroons larger crater lakes. The people of Barombi have for centuries taken care of the lake and surrounding forest by employing their traditional methods of fishing and hunting that are now generally accepted as essential methods of environmental management, today you will still find the Barombi people making their own fishing nets and basket traps by hand ensuring that only the larger fish are caught. With pristine Rain Forest reaching from the top of the crater rim down to the crystal clear waters edge, it is hard to imagine a more beautiful back-drop to one of natures wonders.

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KORUP PARK :
The Rain Forest, estimated to be some 60 million years old, is one of the oldest and most diverse eco-systems in Africa. Isolated by the surrounding river systems, and being one of the few forests of the world to survive the ice ages, Korup has served as a haven for many plants and animals. Its subsequent biodiversity includes, forest elephant, crocodile, antelope, a quarter of all African species of primate, many rare and previously undiscovered species of fish, 325 species of birds, over 400 species of tree and, out of 90 species of medicinal plants identified 38 are new to science. Apart from the occasional clearings due to fallen trees, rivers or the purpose built camping areas, when you step inside the forest you enter the unique and unforgettable twilight world of Korup.

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SUSPENSION BRIDGE :
This is our access to the Rain Forest. The suspension bridge, built in 1989 is 120 metres long and spans the Mana river, allowing all year round access to the park. With the long suspension bridge disappearing into the beautiful backdrop of ancient forest - this is the stuff adventures are made of. A camera here is essential to record your crossing.

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MOUNT CAMAROON :
At 4095 metres this is the highest mountain in West Africa and despite its equatorial latitude snow can often cover the summit. Being a fairly straight forward trek no particular climbing skills or experience are needed, a reasonable level of fitness and determination will see you to the top. As with most ancient volcanoes Mount Cameroon has it's own myths and legends such as Efasa Moto which when translated means " half human "said to be the owner and protector of the mountain Efasa Moto will allow people to live on and visit the mountain as long as nothing is removed ( with the exception of litter ), when annoyed he will shake the ground and when angry he will spit fire into the air. Adventure tourism although relatively new to Cameroon has already had a positive affect within the local communities we visit by enhancing the local economy, also many of the guides and porters are ex-hunters whose duties now include the care and protection of the very animals they used to hunt.

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LIMBE MARKET :
We believe that your African experience would not be complete without a visit here, you may even find a souvenir to take home, it can be dusty, noisy, but always full of life and colour. You are usually expected to haggle on price which is always done in a light hearted way, more of a tradition than an attempt to cheat you. After your visit here shopping at home will never quite be the same again.

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