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BAMENDA 10-DAY TOUR

Day 1

                         Belo

First we pick you up from Douala airport and then Belo will be your base for the duration.  Belo features many shops, restaurants and a thriving market.  It's a place where you can begin to get to know Cameroon while relaxing after your journey.

Day 2

Day trip to Lake Oku. This day trip will get you to one of the most impressive crater lakes in the North-West Region: Lake Oku. Situated close to the village of Oku as well as the biggest mountain in the area, Mount Oku, this lake is a perfect place to enjoy nature as well as beautiful surroundings in a calm and relaxing atmosphere. After a long journey to the lake, you can either jump into the lake and enjoy a swim in the clear and refreshing water of the lake or go for a little walk in the Kilum forest to see some of the endemic animals and plants.

 

The journey to the lake starts around 8am on a motorbike. The bike ride to the junction of the lake will take about an hour, passing small villages and going mainly uphill. From the junction, the lake can already be seen in the distance. Now you will trek down little paths through the forest to get closer to it. The Kilum-Ijim Forest is a protected area and is state property. Here you can find a huge variety of flora and fauna and especially if you like bird watching this will be the perfect place for you around Belo. The trek down through the forest will take between 1 and 2 hours before you get to a place where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery with the view on the lake, the nearby hills and the surrounding forest. If you want, you can even swim in the lake and relax your muscles after the long journey. 
 
This place will also be our lunch point where you can have some fresh fruits, drinks, bread and biscuits. At the latest, we will start walking back to Belo at 2pm. If you don’t want to walk all the way back, you can take a motorbike back home from the lake. In order to reach your hotel in Belo, the walk would take around 4 hours. It is mainly downhill and you will pass larger parts of the forest, farms of local people, the Aboh Hills and finally bigger settlements like Aboh or Acha. In the late afternoon, you will reach Belo and your hotel.
 
If you don’t want to take a motorbike and decide to walk to Lake Oku, please be aware that it is mainly uphill and that the journey can take up to 5 hours. There is also the possibility to hire a car for the day, at additional cost. Please make sure that you inform us in advance if you want to customise your day.

 

Days 3, 4
The Ndawara Tea Estate is the biggest privately owned tea estate in the world and certainly the greatest in whole West Africa. Only situated around 16 km from the centre of Belo, this little town surrounded by about 5000 hectares of tea plants is definitely a must see in the North-West Region. On your way up to the tea hills, you will pass the villages of Djichami and Afua, their local forest and many homes of the traditional Fulani land. In Ndawara a guided tour through the factory will teach you more about the world of tea. In the village, the palace of the founder of the Tea Estate and his little animal farm are waiting for you to be explored. Afterwards you can enjoy the view over the tea hills and soak up the special and very welcoming atmosphere.  
 
On day 3 you will leave Belo for a 4-hour walk up to the Ndawara Tea Estate. You should be aware that the hike is mainly uphill, but with beautiful views over the scenery of Belo and Boyo Division. After passing the village of Djichami and the steepest parts of the trek, you have a stunning overview of Belo and his surroundings including green hills, waterfalls and a big valley. Afterwards you continue the journey along forests, single houses and passing the traditional Fulani land and dozens of horses and cows. Fulanis are a different clan of people that mainly live in the hills of the North-West Region.  
 
About an hour before you reach the small village of Ndawara, you will start to see the first tea fields. Once you get to the tea plantation, the first sight to be visited will be the tea factory. A local guide will show you around and explain everything about the process of making tea.  After the visiting the factory you will walk through the little village: mainly home to some of the hundreds of workers in the tea fields and the commercial heart of the whole area. It is also home to the palace of the founder of this estate. Although you can’t visit his shining white palace, a trip to the animal farm in this compound is definitely worth it. Horses, wild gooses, ostriches and snakes are waiting for you.  
 
Now you can either decide if you want to walk back to Belo or take a motorbike. The journey on the motorbike will take about an hour and drop you directly in front of your hotel, where you can relax after the long journey.
Day 5
The Fon Palace of Babungo: As Babungo is one of the major wood carving places in the country, the
town has a long tradition in local arts and crafts. Every fon used to learn how to make wood carvings and
developed his own masks and other wood items.
 
Days 6, 7 Bamessing is one of the most famous places
in the country for pottery. In a guided tour you will learn more about the process of pottery, from digging the clay to firing the finished articles. 
Bamessing-Cruche à vin de palme-
Day 8

Sabga Hill and the Makon Palace

From the top of Sabga Hill you will have a wonderful view over the whole area, with hills, valleys and waterfalls dotting the beautiful landscape.

In Bafut you can visit the Makon Palace, one of the best preserved palaces and home to the traditional Achum: one of the oldest buildings in the whole of central Africa. A very well documented museum and a guided tour will give you more information on the kingdom, the traditional clothes and masks, the war with the German people during the colonization and historical as well as actual customs and traditions.

 
Day 9

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                 Savanna Botanic Gardens and Bafut

The Savanna Botanic Gardens are located in Bafut arund 10 km from Bamenda. It is roughly 17.58 hectares in size. In thse wonderful gardens you can take a leisurely stroll through a themed garden, go for a hike or attend many different classes, exhibits and events designed for both young and old.

The garden is home to more than 260 species of plants which are included in a herbarium, a nursery, an orchard, a demonstration farm, Savannah forest, Green forest and jungle village. Mainly used for conservation, research and recreation these gardens are a must see for anyone who appreciates natural beauty.

Day 10

Sadly, this is the day we have to take you back to Douala airport.  We believe that you will have been bowled over by your trip and will be in love with Africa.

 

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