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SAFARI: A rich and varied fauna

 

         Thanks to her exceptional geographical position, Cameroon has one of the richest and most varied fauna in Africa.

         Cameroon has seven national parks, which make her a veritable land of providence for animals. For the tourist, it is a goldend opportunity to visit, see and film these beautiful beasts moving freely in their natural habitat.

         The Waza National Park: (lions, giraffes, elephants, cobs, the ostrich, damaliscus, the cheetah, the waterbuck etc…). It is the most famous park in Cameroon and one of the most spectacular in French speaking Africa. Situated in the Far North of the country, it is a paradise for lions, several animals as

well as a large colony of birds. It is a park to discover at all cost.

         The Bouba Ndjidah National Park: It is the territory of the rhinoceroces, lions elan derby, elephants and buffalos are equally found there.

         The Benoue National park: It is situated at the centre of the northern region: Here can be found Some of the biggest antelopes: the elan derby; Hippopotami, hyenas, panthers and buffalos can also be found there.

         The Faro National park: It contains a number of big animals. The rhinoceroses, buffalos, elephants, giraffes etc…

         The Kalamaloué National Park: here can be found elephants, crocodiles, giraffes and several bird species.

         The Mozogo National Park: It is first and forest most of botanical interest.

         The Korup National Park: situated in the South- West of the country, it is believed to be one of the oldest and most beautiful tropical forests in the world. Korup survived the ice age. This explains why her flora and fauna are very rich and make it a veritable ecotourist paradise.

         Apart from national parks, Cameroon also has several reserves of African game.

         The Dja and Campo reserves are real sanctuaries for gorillas.

*North Cameroon Safari

‘Landscapes, cultures and fauna’ 11 days/ 10 nights

The northern part of Cameroon attracts tourist who love adventure with its knock down landscapes and folklore. Being the highest place of Cameroon tourism, Rhumsiki immerses itself in an extra-terrestrial landscape created by volcanic dykes. In the horizon, you will see the chain of Mandara mountains: a dreamlike vision. Go and discover the Kapsiki world totally cut off from civilization where villages have preserved their mystery, the Benoue and Waza National Parks- animals here are free, wild and superb. Come and surprise buffalos, derby elk, ostriches, antelopes, lions, giraffes, crocodiles, hippopotamus…these reserves are the highest concentration of animals in Central Africa.

Go and take pictures of this fauna at liberty!

In brief, for your holidays, we offer you a mixture of traditional African people, fauna and landscapes.

Your itinerary

Day 1- PARIS- YAOUNDE

Arrival in Yaoundé, reception and settle in at Central Hotel 3* dinner and night

Day 2-YAOUNDE-MEFOU PARK- YAOUNDE- NGAOUNDERE

Morning wake and breakfast- departure to the Mefou Park around Yaoundé to visit the primates who live in a natural environment together with: gorillas, chimpanzees, and other monkeys- return to Yaoundé and visit the city of seven hills- then at about 4pm you go to the Train Station to take a train to Ngaoundere.

Day 3.YAOUNDE6 NGAOUNDERE- GAROUA

Arrival in Ngaoundere and received by a tour guide, then visit the Lamidat, one of the oldest and well organized in the Great north Region with more than a thousand old traditions with uncountable cultural wonders. Ngaoundere is a Muslim town. The Lamido’s palace is a big saré with mushroom- shaped huts, which will surely interest you. Guards, dressed in turbans and colourful boubous give this city a legendary atmosphere. With a little luck, you will participate in the fantasia. Continuation to Garoua passing through Lagdo, a town with the hydroelectric dam, where fishermen from neighbouring countries like Nigeria, Chad, Guinea, Togo etc come to fish. Stopover in Garoua for the night- Dinner and night at Tourist Motel 3*

DAY 4. GAROUA-KOLA GROOVES-GUIDEYE-DOUBEYE-RHUMSIKI

Departure from Garoua for Rhumsiki passing through the Kola and Doubeye Grooves, going towards Kapsiki country- Rhumsiki- a village immersed in grandiose décor. As far as the eyes can see, you have gigantic peaks coming from the volcanic chimneys project on the ground as if it has dug the vault of the earth- unique vision- settle in the Camp- discover lunar landscapes (the crab wizard, weavers, potters, etc. dinner and night at the Tourist camp and Rhumsiki Climatic centre 2*

DAY 5. RHUMSIKI-MOKOLO-KOZA PASS- OUDJILA-WAZA

Departure from Rhumsiki for Waza passing through the Djinglia Pass: visit the handicraft cooperative of the Mafa people on the mountain, while on the way, you discover traditional huts on the mountainside, with farming on the terrace, which brings out the attraction of this area- after the stopover at Djinglia, a brief stop at the Kola Grooves with a beautiful panoramic view of the Nigerian Plain, then continue to Oudjila. Visit the world known Palace of the chief with 49 wives and 112 children, custodian of the tradition of the Podoko people. The Koza Pass- visit the Kirdi traditional habitat and the millet farms arranged in step or terrace form on the mountain slopes- continuation to Waza- settle in the park and visit the Waza National Park, which represents all the plant and animal species of black Africa. Return to the Camp- relaxation- Dinner and night at the Waza Camp 2*

DAY 6. WAZA

Long day safari in the Waza National Park 🙁 lion, giraffe, elephant, cob, ostrich, damalisc, cheetah, waterbuck, etc.) It is the most popular in Cameroon and the most spectacular in French speaking Africa. It is situated in the Far North Region of the country and is a paradise for lions and numerous mammals and also many birds. The park offers two areas of vegetation: one, the forest area with its excavation of acacia with reddish branches and the other, a group of endless herbaceous plains. You can spend many days in Waza without getting bored. It is better to go in the morning when the animals are just rousing from sleep and also in the evening when the setting sun gives a good colour to the bushes. Dinner and night at the Waza Camp 2*

DAY 7 WAZA- MAROUA

Morning wake and breakfast- leave for morning safari in the Waza Park. At about 10 a.m., departure for Maroua with stopover at Mora for lunch and continue to Maroua- the charm and the smoothness….near the foot of the Mandara mountains- it is surely one of the most attractive towns in the country. It does not end at the banks of the Kilao, a vast tongue of sand in the dry season. The neems, big trees with sweet smelling flowers on the branches give the town an aspect of an oasis of greenery bathed in warm light- it is good to live there. Here you are in the town that has the greatest influence of Islam and soothsayers. The market is the highest centre of attraction, where you will find vendors of cloth, tanners and especially herbalists and native doctors who will propose magic potions, herbs, dried roots or amulets. Arrival and settle in at the hotel- visit the market and the handicraft centre- return to hotel- dinner and night at Relais Porte- Mayo 3*

DAY 8. MAROUA- BENOUE NATIONAL PARK

Morning wake and breakfast- leave for the Benoue National Park (180 000 ha)  there you will find: hippopotamus, Derby elk, hyena, panther, etc…. At the centre of the northern region, at 170 km from Garoua, it contains the biggest antelopes; the Derby elk- Arrival at the Benoue camp, situated at banks of the Mayo- relaxation with birds and hippopotamus singing- dinner and night at the Benoue camp 2*

DAY 9. BENOUE NATIONAL PARK

Morning wake and breakfast- a day for safari: in the morning, visit the pool for hippopotamus and crocodiles- watch birds like the Fassa cobs, then buffaloes, Derby elk, giraffes, etc.- then return to the camp- lunch and rest- return to the Park for a small safari hoping to see other animals- return to the camp. Dinner and night at the Benoue Camp 2*

DAY 10. BENOUE NATIONAL PARK-NGAOUNDERE

This morning you are leaving for Ngaoundere where you will take a train to Yaoundé, so, it is advisable to leave early so as to avoid inconveniences

DAY 11   YAOUNDE- PARIS

Arrival in Yaoundé in the morning and end of visit

    Tariff

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.
  • Entrances to sites: National Parks(Waza and Benoue)
  • Visit to the Lamidat of Ngaoundere and the Oudjilla palace
  • Organizing traditional dances in Oudjilla and Rhumsiki
  • Meals mentioned in this programme
  • Full boarding
  • Lodging in double rooms in 2 and 3* hotels in urban areas and tents in camps as mentioned in the programme and in Rhumsiki
  • On-the –spot assistance 24/24
  • Yaoundé- Ngaoundere/ Ngaoundere- Yaoundé(by train, first class coach)

This rate does not include:

-international flights and airport taxes

– visa fees

– repatriation assistance/ insurance

– drinks and personal expenses

– tips

Highlights of your discovery in North Cameroon

  • Discovery of Maroua
  • Discovery of the mountain people
  • Discovery of Mandara mountains, vast plains, Mabas,Rhumsiki, the big mountainous Massifs
  • Discovery of the Rhumsiki peaks- Mogodé lunar landscapes
  • Cultures- discovery of the sarés of the mountain people surrounded by terrace farming
  • The crab wizard

Discovery of the Oudjilla palace where the chief has 49 wives, who will

  • organize traditional dances in a well-kept yard
  • The Kola Grooves
  • Waza, safari kingdom of the Far north Region
  • Discovery of Mousgoum shell huts in Muria
  • The Cameroon kitchen and the hospitality of its people

                                         *AZOBE EAST    

Discover the life of BA’AKA pigmies and the animals in the forest.

’Trekking and walks, ecotourism, culture and fauna’’       

         13 days/12 nights

Most tourists arrive at the Douala and Yaoundé airports before leaving for the trek in the equatorial forest in the south region Cameroon to have orientation and adventure. Here, gorillas and chimpanzees share the forest with pigmies, considered as the oldest inhabitants of Cameroon. The Baka pigmies live in the great equatorial forest,where they are considered great musicians. Enter into the lives of these small men who perform the Buma ritual dance which describes their life in the forest with animals. You will have the chance to participate in village activities.

Situated in the East Region of Cameroon, the Lobéké national park, which is part of the Congo basin, is situated in the far south east of Cameroon. It has a surface area of 217854 Hectars. Created on 19 March 2001, the management of the park falls within the framework of the trans-border conservation initiative known as Sangha Tri-national (TNS). It is a priority conservation landscape of biodiversity, which brings together protected areas of Dzangha-Sangha(CAR) and Nouabalé-Nkoki(Congo-Brazzaville) as well as the Lobéké National Park. Lobéké has a network of swampy clearings particularly on the east wing of the park, it offers safari to lovers of safari to take pictures of elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys with the help of miradors at the park, installed near natural saltworks(or beaches) for the observation of animals.

 

Programme:

Day 1. PARIS- YAOUNDE

Arrival at the Yaoundé International Airport from Paris, then transfer to town, settling in at hotel Dinner and night at Merina HOTEL 3 star

Day 2. YAOUNDE – AYOS- ABONG BANG- LOMIE

Departure from Yaoundé in the morning for Lomié passing through Ayos and Abong Bang with a beautiful discovery of the Equatorial forest along the way Arrival in Lomié, settling down at Raphia HOTEL, dinner and night

Day 3. LOMIE- PYGMY CAMP

After breakfast, departure for the pygmy village, arrival, settling in, lunch- discovering and participating in the daily activities of these men who are the first inhabitants of the Equatorial forest; introduction to hunting, fishing, harvesting of fruits and traditional medicine. Cultural evening; they will perform their dances; tell tales and legends of the forest around the fire. Dinner and night under the tent- total immersion into nature.

Day 4and 5.. PYGMY CAMP 1

Long-day activities with pygmies at the heart of the primary forest: walks in the forest and harvesting of forest fruits, fishing, harvesting medicinal plants, local fishing harvesting honey and other activities. Return to the camp- dinner, evening around the fire, pygmy buma ritual dance and tales- night under the tent in the pygmy camp

Day 6 and 7: PYGMY CAMP 2

Morning wake by singing of birds and noise made by animals- moving(an occasion to trek, walk, discovery in the forest, observation of flora and fauna) from the first camp to go and settle in another village, still in the pygmy area to spend two nights; that is day 6 and 7. Traditional lighting of fire, tapping palm wine- Baka traditional dances- dinner and night in the pigmy camp.

Day 8: PYGMY CAMP- LOMIE- YOKADOUMA- MAMBELE

Morning wake- breakfast- departure for Lobéké via Lomié- Arrival at Mambélé- settling in at Kombo camp- dinner and night

Day 9: MAMBELE- LOBEKE

Morning wake- breakfast and departure for the Lobéké National Park; 4 km drive and 6 km trekking in the forest- arrival and settling in the camp- departure for the first mirador(small savannah) to observe animals: gorillas of the plain, monkeys, elephants of the forest various birds; parrots, green pigeons- dinner and night under the tent-

Day 10: SMALL SAVANNAH

Morning wake and breakfast- long-day animal watching on the mirador- return to the camp- dinner and night under the tent

Day 11: SMALL SAVANNAH- DJANGUI

Breakfast- departure for the second mirador (Djangui)- arrival and settling in the camp- Lunch- departure for the mirador and animal watching: gorillas, buffaloes, elephants, bongos, chimpanzees, monkeys, and a multitude of birds- return to the camp- dinner and night under the tent

Day 12: DJANGUI- MAMBELE- YOKADOUMA- LOMIE

Morning wake- breakfast- departure for Mambéle and continuation to Yaoundé via Yokadouma- night on the way

Day 13: LOMIE- YAOUNDE- PARIS

Morning wake- breakfast and departure for Yaoundé- Arrival in Yaoundé- settling in hotel for a day- dinner and departure for Nsimalen International Airport for boarding formalities- take off and end of visit

Cost:

For  adults;  from  2115 euros

This includes:

  • All transportation as mentioned;
  • Four wheel drive vehicle with a driver who speaks French (fuel, road taxes, parking fees, driver and vehicle insurance, lodging and meals of driver)
  • The services of a French speaking tour guide during all the stay, local guides(pygmy) with knowledge of local languages, the customs and traditions of the area to be visited
  • Nights under the tents in pygmy camps in Lomié (East Cameroon)
  • The various activities with the pigmies; hunting, fishing, building of traditional pigmy huts, traditional harvesting of honey, introduction to traditional medicine etc.
  • Organization of folkloric dances of the Baka pygmies
  • Entrance fee to the Lobéké national Park
  • The services of a cook and porters, of a track guide, an eco guard at the lobéké national park
  • Meals mentioned in the programme
  • All accommodation
  • Lodging at the 2 and 3 star hotels in urban areas and nights under the tents at the pygmy camps and the Lobéké national Park mentioned in the programme
  • Our 24/24 assistance

This price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Drinks and mineral water

*LOBEKE NATIONAL PARK

 

Group Tour for 1624 euros/pax 6

‘The kingdom of Gorillas’

Situated in the East Region of Cameroon, the Lobeké National Park, which forms part of the Congo Basin, is situated in the far south east of Cameroon. It has a surface area of 217854 ha. Created on 19 March 2001, it is being managed by the Trans frontier Conservation Initiative, known by the name Sangha Tri-national (TNS). It is a landscape made up mostly of biodiversity conservation, which also includes the Dzangha-Sangha protected airs (CAR) and Nouabalé-Nkoki(Congo Brazzaville). Lobeké is made up of swampy clearings particularly in the east side of the Park; safari lovers can take pictures of elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys using watch towers in the Park to installed to watch animals.

YOUR ITINERY

PARIS- YAOUNDE

Arrival and reception at the Yaoundé International Airport

Transfer to Hotel and settle in

Dinner and night at Hotel des Deputés 3* or CENTRAL Hotel

YAOUNDE-LOMIE

Leave very early for Lobeké passing through Lomié- night on the road

Settle in at hotel- dinner and night at RAPHIA hotel

LOMIE- YOKADOUMA-MAMBELE

Morning wake- breakfast-departure for Lobeké through Yokadouma

Discovery of pigmy villages along the way

Arrival at Mambelé- settle in at Kombo Camp- dinner and night

MAMBELE- LOBEKE

Morning wake- breakfast- departure for the Lobeké National Park; 4 km in a vehicle and 6 km trekking in the forest- arrival and settle in at the Camp- departure for watch tower no. 1(small savannah) for animal watching: gorillas of the plain, monkeys, elephants of the forest, various bird species; parrots, green pigeons, etc. dinner and night in the tent

PETITE SAVANE

Morning wake- breakfast- day-long watching of animals in the watch tower- return to camp- dinner and night in the tent

PETITE SAVANE-DJANGUI

Breakfast- departure for the second watch tower(Djangui) arrival and settle in the Camp- lunch-leave for the watch tower and watching of animals: gorillas, buffalos, elephants, bongos, chimpanzees, monkeys and a multitude of birds- return to camp- dinner and night in the tent

DJANGUI

Morning wake and breakfast- day-long safari in the watch tower- return to camp- dinner and night in the tent

DJANGUI-DJEMBE

Breakfast- leave for the place where the cars are parked- departure for Djembé(104 km in the Park)- arrival and settle in camp- lunch- leave for the first clearing to watch animals: gorillas, elephants, buffalos, sitantunga, bongos… dinner and night in the Djembé bungalows

DJEMBE

Morning wake- breakfast- departure for other clearings for animal watching: gorillas, elephants- dinner and night in the Djembé bungalow

DJEMBE-MAMBELE-YOKADOUMA

Morning wake and breakfast- departure for Mambelé and continue to Yaoundé through Yokadouma- spend the night on the road

LOMIE- YAOUNDE- PARIS

Arrival in Yaoundé- end of visit

    Tariff

Rate per adult    1624 euros

This rate includes:

-All transportation as mentioned

– private four wheel vehicle with French-speaking driver(fuel, road taxes, parking, car insurance and driver insurance, lodging and feeding of driver)

  • Services of a French-speaking trekking guide during your stay, local guides have knowledge of local languages, the ways and customs of areas to be visited and a pigmy guide in the Park
  • porters and a cook
  • Various activities with the pigmies hunting, fishing, harvesting of wild honey- initiation to traditional medicine
  • Meals mentioned in this programme(most often, cold meals during trekking and walks)
  • Full boarding
  • Lodging in double and single rooms in hotels 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

– tips

-mineral water

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