A people with secular tradition.
Cameroon is a country with rich and lively traditions. This is seen through the variety and diversity of its folklore, handicraft, habitat and ways of life. To each region corresponds a specific type of folklore.
In the South for instance there is the” Bafia ballet” “Bikutsi” “ Assiko” and other dances presented by the “Mvet” dancer ,the epic poet.
In the west can be found the Bameleke dancers who wear masks and colourful attires.
The North is the land of “ fantasia” with its horse riders dressed in brightly- coloured costumes and where are performed the Lam and Gourna dances.
Handicraft can be found everywhere but the west and the north of the country are the true headquarters.
Bafoussam, Foumban and Bamenda are towns reputed for their masks, embroidered costumes, figurines, seats, thrones, pipes, baked clay, bronze or wooden statues.
In Maroua, an attractive agglomeration famous for its multicolour and teeming market, one can find embroidered table cloths, slippers, hand bags made with crocodile, snake or iguana skin, bracelets, spears, carpets and decorative objects.
To this diversity of handicraft can be added a rich historical heritage (monuments and vestiges) to which can be added English- French bilingualism as well as very old traditional chiefdoms (Rey-Bouba, Foumban).
*CAMEROON CULTURAL TOUR
Architecture, traditions, culture and ecotourism
‘Discover rich architectural and cultural resources of Cameroon’
Most tourists arrive Douala or Yaoundé Airports, the biggest in the country, then take a walk in the Equatorial forest in the south of Cameroon, where they will discover endless landscape and adventure. Here, gorillas and chimpanzees live together with pygmies, who are considered as the oldest inhabitants of Cameroon. The Bakas pygmies, who are born musicians, live in the big equatorial forest. Enter the world of these ‘small’ men, who will dance the ritual Buma dance describing their lives with the animals in the forest. You may also take part in their village chores.
The west and North West regions are the leading areas of cultural tourism in Cameroon. They are known for their palaces especially the Bandjoun, Bafut, Ndop, Fungom and Bafoussam. A visit to these chiefdoms will be an occasion to discover palaces, huts and the Bamiléké art and craft. Foumban, the capital of the Bamoun sultanate, is the centre of Cameroon traditions. For lovers of culture, this town is a gold mine with its palace, its museum of art and traditions, its crafts and its markets.
Day 1.PARIS- YAOUNDE
Arrival at Yaoundé Airport from Paris, reception and transfer to town, settling in at Central Hotel 3*, dinner and night
Day 2.YAOUNDE- AYOS- ABONG BANG- LOMIE
Departure from Yaoundé in the morning for Lomié passing through Ayos and Abong Bang- on the way you discover the equatorial forest. Arrival in Lomié, settling in at Raphia Hotel, dinner and night.
Day 3.LOMIE- PYGMY CAMP
After breakfast, set off for the pygmy village. Arrival and installation, lunch. Discovering and participating in the various daily activities of these men, the first inhabitants of the equatorial forest; initiation to hunting, fishing, picking and traditional medicine. Cultural evening graced with dancing- stories and tales of the forest around the fire- dinner and night under a tent- total immersion in nature.
DAY 4&5.PYGMY CAMP
Long-day activities with pygmies at the heart of the forest: a walk in the forest harvesting various forest fruits, hunting with nets, picking medicinal plants, local fishing, harvesting honey and other activities. Return to camp- dinner and evening around a fire, pygmy dance and storytelling, night under the tent.
DAY 6§7 PYGMY CAMP 2
Leaving this camp and going to another still in the pygmy area to spend two nights-day 6§7. Traditional lighting of the fire- collecting palm wine. Baka traditional dances- dinner and night in the middle of the camp
Day 8.PYGMY CAMP-LOMIE-ABONG BANG-AYOS- YAOUNDE
Activities with pygmies in the village and departure for Yaoundé. Arrival in the evening- settling in at the Hotel. Dinner and night at Central Hotel 3*
Day 9.YAOUNDE- BANDJOUN- BAFOUSSAM
Morning wake and breakfast. Visit Yaoundé and take off for west Cameroon- arrival in Bandjoun and visit its palace and the very rich historical museum- then continuation to Bafoussam- visit the Bamiléké palace and its museum- dinner and night at Le Saré Hotel 2*
Day 10.BAFOUSSAM- FOUMBAN- KOUTABA-FOUMBAN
Departure for Foumban passing through Foumbot- stop over and visit the biggest foodstuff market in central Africa for it from this market that some countries of the sub region like Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Central African Republic get their supplies- continuation to Koutaba, settling in at Paradis Hotel and stop over at Foumban: where the Sultan of the Bamouns lives, handicraft capital of the west, guardian of two museums and a palace. Foumban is one of the first tourist sites in the country. Follow the swarm of youngsters in the streets of this town ,whose history dates back to the 27 century; the sultan’s palace; a strange and unique building. The sultan’s museum contains among others, thrones, trophies, arms, statues… belonging to the ancestors of the present sultan. The museum of art and traditions of the Bamouns is one of the most beautiful in the country with a rich collection of objects of art. Visit the street of craftsmen working on wood, blacksmiths and casters. Departure for Bandjoun through Bafoussam. With its décor of high huts covered with thatch, the Bandjoun palace is one of the most beautiful and conserved. Visit the palace and the museum. Paradis Hotel of Koutaba, dinner and night
Day 11.KOUTABA- FOUMBAN- JAKIRI- BAMESSI
After breakfast, excursion to the Babungo chief’s palace through Sabga hill. The Bororo cattle rearers will organize a fantasia to welcome you. Babungo is the leading place where traditional masks are made in the North West. You can find antiques in this palace which are more than 600 years old. Passing through Jakiri and Ndop, you will use part of the ring road and visit NDAWARA tea estate and the pot making centre in Bamessing, where you will see life the making of tea cups, jars, plates, statues, etc. night in Bamessing in the host hut
Day 12.BAMESSI- BALI- BAMENDA
Leave for Bamenda, visit the famous Bamenda main market and the handicraft centre- continue to Bali where you will see another attraction: the Tower of Babel, the handicraft centre, the Fon’s palace and the market which reflects the life style of its people.
Return to Bamenda for the night. Dinner and night at AYABA hotel 3*
Day 13.BAMENDA- BAFUT- DSCHANG
Morning wake and breakfast then take off for Bafut to visit the Fon’s Palace, which is the symbol of traditional power. The visit to the museum and the palace will help you understand the life and culture of these people. It will be difficult for you to leave this scene of emotion-filled colourful traditional dances- then take off for Dschang and stop over at the Metche Falls. Arrival and settling in at the hotel- dinner and night at the Climatic centre- 3*
morning wake and breakfast- visit to the Museum of civilizations which will enable you discover the origin of Cameroonian people and the diversity of the four big cultural airs of the country through its history, art and architecture, political and societal set up.
A dynamic visit through the original décor and scenery will give you the key to understand Cameroon of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Visit the Demvoh Grotto and take off for the Mamie Watta Falls, then the handicraft centre, woodwork and winery (palm wine) and weaving. Dinner and night at the Climatic Centre 3*
Day 15.DSCHANG- BAFOUSSAM- BANDJOUN- YAOUNDE- PARIS
You leave Dschang for Bafoussam and continue to Banganté, visit Bangolap palace and a foundation- then Bayangam palace. Continue to Bandjoun- arrival and settle in hotel- dinner and night at the Bandjoun Climatic Centre 3*
Day 16.BANDJOUN- YAOUNDE- PARIS
Leave early in the morning for Yaoundé- arrival and settle in at hotel- lunch- a tour of the town: the handicraft centre, Mary,Queen of Apostles Basilica, Efoulan chief’s palace. Return to hotel and leave for the restaurant. After dinner, discover Yaoundé by night( the cabaret where local musicians perform), return to hotel- a nap then leave for the airport because you are supposed to be at the airport two hours before take off time for checking in.
This rate includes:
- All transportation as mentioned: private car with French-speaking driver(fuel, road taxes, parking, car insurance and driver insurance, lodging and feeding of driver)
- Services of a French-speaking tour guide during your stay, local guides have knowledge of local languages, the ways and customs of areas to be visited.
- Nights under tents in pygmy camps at Lomié(East Cameroon)
- Entrances to sites: museums, palaces, the Metche Waterfalls in West Cameroon(Bandjoun, Foumban, Dschang, Bafut, Bamenda,Jakiri)
- Meals mentioned in this programme
- Full boarding
- Lodging in double rooms in 2 ,3,4and 5* hotels in urban areas and tents in pygmy camps as mentioned in the programme
- On-the –spot assistance 24/24
This rate does not include:
-international flights and airport taxes
– visa fees
– repatriation assistance/ insurance
– drinks and personal expenses
Highlights of your visit to Cameroon
-Your stay with the pygmies in east Cameroon (Lomié) total immersion in the Equatorial forest
-Discovering the beautiful landscape of the west
-The museum of civilizations in Dschang- discover the Bafut Palace and the dance of princesses
– The Bandjoun Palace and its famous museum
– discover funeral ceremonies in the Bamiliké land
– meet the local people
-Foumban with its palace and museum of Bamoun arts and traditions, the Craftmen Street
– Tea plantations in Jakiri
– Camerounian gastronomy and hospitality of the people