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Frequently asked questions

Price include what

 A.  Please check on the Top Tour site for what is included in each tour as some of them are only day trips and don’t include accommodation. Costs which are not included are generally Visa fees, personal travel insurance, flight costs and items of a purely personal nature.  We just want to inform you again that all the benefits from the touristic tours will go towards community projects in Belo, organized by RUDEC. RUDEC mainly supports unprivileged people that are left behind in the community such as orphans, destitute children or elder people. The Tourism project and the tours are RUDEC’s main income generating projects and help mostly to support the orphans and to give them a better future.  

Do I need a Visa to get to Cameroon?

A. Yes, you will need a single entry visa, which is valid for 3 months from the date of issuance. If you travel to Cameroon without a visa AND your yellow fever vaccination certificate, you won’t be let into the country. In order to get the visa you can either send the documents to the Cameroonian embassy in your country or go there directly. Firstly you will need to fill out two visa application forms, each with a photograph, and also hand in a copy of your yellow fever vaccination, your flight details and the necessary amount of money. If you decide to send the documents in the post, please be aware that it will take several days/weeks to issue the visa. Therefore you should apply for it as soon as possible and at least 2 weeks before the start of your journey. If you decide to do it in person, some of the embassies even issue visas on the same day. For further information, please visit the website of the Cameroonian embassy of your country or contact them. 

What vaccines do I need?

 

A. All persons entering Cameroon needs a Yellow fever and Poliomyelitis vaccine(you must carry this certificate with your documents)

. You can also have some of the following to be on a safe side;Polio

Tetanus

Typhoid

Hepatitis A

Meningitis

Yellow Fever (you must carry this certificate with your documents)

Poliomyelitis

Malaria Tablets (please consult your Chemist)

Is RUDEC/Cameroon Tourist involved in any community projects?

 

A. Yes. Cameroon Tourist is the name of a project developed by the Rural Development Centre (RUDEC) located in Belo. All the benefits from the tourism project will go towards community projects in the area of Belo. With the help of international volunteers, RUDEC’s main aims are to assist in the socio-economic and sustainable development of the community and to empower the underprivileged. The main supporting project is an Orphan Project where currently 53 children are included. RUDEC tries to meet their educational, health and nutritional needs and to give them a better future. Tourists and Visitors can also take part in the work of RUDEC and get to know the projects as well as some of the children during their stay in Belo.

 

What language do people speak and will I be able to communicate

A. Cameroon is officially a bilingual country where English and French are spoken. However, most people are not bilingual. As Belo is located in the Anglophone North-West Region the main language is English. Younger people are able to speak English fairly well, whereas older people will mostly speak their local dialect. But in the hotels, restaurants and other touristic facilities all people speak English. The members of RUDEC/Cameroon Tourist are bilingual and will gladly help you expand your local vocabulary in the local dialect called Kom.

Is Cameroon a safe travel destination

 

A. Cameroon is generally a politically stable and peaceful country. Most people are extremely welcoming and will appreciate your presence. You can freely but sensibly interact, socialize and travel in the country. Nonetheless we also recommend not to carry too much money with you and to be especially aware in busy places such as the major towns of Yaounde and Douala or around touristic places where the possibility of getting mugged or carjacked is higher than in other parts of the country. Also, you shouldn’t travel on your own when it gets dark and if you can you should avoid travelling at night altogether.

 

What can I do in Belo

 

A. Most foreigners would consider Belo as a small town, but it is still one of the major towns in the whole area. Every week it hosts one of the biggest markets where many people from different places come to sell fresh vegetables, fruits, rice and other food. In the centre of Belo, called 3 corners, you will find several sheds where you can buy food, drinks, electronic devices or other things. Local restaurants, called Chop Shops, will also serve traditional dishes for about 50 Euro Cent. In the evening you can relax after an exciting day in one of the several bars in Belo while having a cold beer or a Coke. If you want to explore the surroundings and you like hiking, Belo will be the place to be.  You can either explore the area on your own or one of RUDEC’s team members will show you some of the places. Most of the program that you can find under activities is based around the town, so it is the perfect starting point for most of them.

 

Where is Belo

A. Belo is located about 50 kilometers north of Bamenda, the biggest Anglophone city in Cameroon, and in the inner part of the Ring Road, one of Cameroon’s touristic hot spots. In order to get to Belo, you should allow one day of travelling from Douala or Yaounde. For further information on how to get to the town of Belo, please go to the section “How to get to Belo?”.

 

Will I get sick

 

A. Due to the hygienic conditions and the different types of food, some people suffer from traveller’s tummy. But if you always wash your hands or disinfect them before eating, drink only bottled water and pay attention to what you eat, you should be fine. If you have a sensitive stomach, you should maybe avoid eating raw food, cold cooked food, salads, fruit salads that have been prepared by other people and ice. In the unlikely event of you getting sick, one of our staff members will bring you to a hospital. From Belo you can reach two of the best hospitals in Cameroon in only 15 minute time. Nonetheless, we recommend that you bring your standard medicine against stomach problems, fever, headaches, throat issues or a cold (paracetamol, aspirin etc.)

 

What is the food like

A. Around Belo and in most rural parts of the country, you will mainly find local traditional dishes including Rice and Beans, Rice with Groundnut Stew or other basic dishes. Some restaurants in Bamenda or touristic places such as the Savanna Botanic Garden Restaurant also serve western food such as Salads, Chicken Sandwiches or Pasta. Delicious and fresh fruits such as pineapple, banana, papaya or coconut can usually be found everywhere in the country; especially during the rainy season. 

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