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Frequently asked questions

Who will lead our tour

 All our tours are lead by the founder of RUDEC, Joshua Chiamba. As he is from the area of Belo and worked together with international volunteers for several years, he doesn’t only have the local knowledge but also the experience to ensure you will enjoy your days to the full extent in this area. In some touristic sites, local guides will show and explain the museums, the palaces, the production of local souvenirs and the local traditions. 

Where will we eat and sleep during the tours

A. On all our tours, our clients will stay in guest house and hotels. We want to make you aware of the fact that most of them cannot reach western touristic standard and sometimes have to deal with power and water outages. The rooms are basic but clean. The food around Belo and on most of our trip will be mainly local food: from grilled fish with plantains to the traditional Fufu (stewed huckleberry) served with Njamma Njamma (a local name for mashed corn). In most towns and villages, you will also get fresh bread, small cakes and biscuits. 

Which means of transport will be used for the tours

 A. For the longer tours your method of transport will be a 4x4, as the roads are sometimes not paved and very bumpy. For day trips, you can choose between a car, a motorbike or walking to the destinations. In order to get to Belo, you will have to travel in large buses and shared taxis.

What will the accommodations be like

A. In the accommodation section of the Cameroon Tourist site you will find an overview of all accommodation possibilities in Belo. It is important to be aware that the rooms of the hotels cannot meet the standards that you will find in the western world. The North-West Region often faces power and water outages. Nonetheless, all rooms are equipped with comfortable beds as well as an individual bathroom with a toilet and a shower (with hot water). Some of the rooms even have televisions. All of the accommodations are located in nice surroundings with beautiful views over the grassfield landscape. The hotel staff will be very welcoming and make your stay as pleasant as possible

Will someone meet me at the airport or the bus station in Bamenda

A. A staff member of RUDEC can pick you up; either at Douala airport or the bus station of Bamenda. They will be waiting to welcome you (look out for the Cameroon Tourist signboard) and bring you then safely to Belo for your stay. However, if you wish to be met at one of these points you will have to pay some pick up costs.

What vaccinations do I need

A. Your doctor will have up to date information on what immunizations you’ll need. We suggest you consult your doctor at least 6-8 weeks prior to departure, so that you will have enough time to get all the necessary information and the vaccinations. The only vaccination that is OBLIGATORY in order to enter the country is a yellow fever vaccination. Nonetheless, other vaccinations are definitely recommended, depending on the time of the year, length of stay and other circumstances. The following vaccinations are just a guideline so that you can discuss with your doctor: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Meningitis and Rabies. The doctor can also provide you with all the necessary information about malaria prevention tablets

What should I bring with me

We recommend bringing your own mosquito net, sun cream, first aid kits, some medicine and anti-malaria medication, water purifying tablets, torch, towel, mosquito repellent, your own sleeping bag as well as comfortable clothes. We also recommend you to bring warm clothes such as a jumper or long trousers as it can be pretty chilly around Belo during the morning and the evening. If you want to go hiking around Belo, don’t forget to bring your hiking boots as well. If you are visiting during the rainy season (mid March to December) remember to bring a waterproof or umbrella

Do you recommend getting a Travel Insurance

We insist you take out personal Travel Insurance. You must have comprehensive cover for your protection. We recommend for your insurance to include: helicopter rescue, unlimited medical bills, repatriation costs and dental cover. Please inform yourself about possible travel insurances in your country

What money is used in Cameroon and how much should I bring

 

The Central African Francs (CFA or XAF) is the currency in Cameroon. It is an open currency, which means that it can be bought out of Cameroon. The CFA is tied to the Euro and is therefore stable. You can get an idea of the current rate by googling, for example, USD CFA or by using the widget below.

You should not bring travelers cheques, as they are hard to change here. We therefore recommend you bring Euros or US Dollars, which can be changed in bigger towns. Another option is to withdraw money once you get to Douala/Yaounde. There are ATM machines in most of the bigger towns like Bamenda, Douala, Yaounde, Kribi, Buea, Limbe and Garoua.

We recommend you budget approximately 15 Euros per day for all expenses including hotel, food, snacks and water. 

Do I need a Visa to get to Cameroon?

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. 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. 

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