Trekking on Mount Cameroon
Take on the « Chariot of the Gods » Mount Cameroon, an active volcano dominates with its majesty
the entire coastal region. The “Chariot of the Gods”. As would have been called,according to legend, Hanno the Carthaginian is the highest peak in the country. With its 4100 m has survived a flora dating from the quaternary. You can practice trekking, excursions and hikes thanks to the chalet’s refuges arranged all along the course of the eastern tip of the mountain. The ascent to the summit of 4100 m is both fascinating and you will discover breathtaking nature.
Day 1. PARIS –DOUALA
Arrival and welcome at Douala international airport. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and night
Day 2. DOUALA-BUEA-MONT-CAMEROON
Very early departure from Douala for Buea. Arrival and start of the preparation of the circuit and breakfast. Departure at 8:30 a.m. too late, break at refuge 1 (1850 m) The ascent begins very early! Departing from Buea, transfer to the starting point, 1,000 meters away, in the middle of the tropical forest. The first slopes are quite gentle, and a humid heat envelops us as we admire the magnificent trees and the first black lava flows. Behind us, much lower down, are the black beaches of Limbé, a small fishing port and seaside resort. On the side, Mount Etindé, the « little Mount Cameroon », announces the volcanic atmosphere of this summit. Then, leaving the forest, a mysterious mist covers the sides of the mountain again, the summit is still not visible, and the contrasts are very strong between the black volcanic earth and the tufts of very green grass.
The slope straightens; we finally arrive at the second refuge, which we pass to set up camp near the source of Man’s Spring. Dinner and overnight in tents.
6 hours walk. M: 1,350m. D: 700m.
Day 3. 2nd refuge-3rd refuge-Man’s Spring
Early awakening, breakfast. Departure for the third refuge. Continuation on Mans spring- craters of Mount Cameroon – Man’sSpring A full day of hiking on the craters and eruptive vents of 1980 and 1999. The observation of the summit plateau is exceptional: incredible variations of dark volcanic rocks where rare flowers and other plants grow offer a rare lunar landscape where hangs a few fumaroles and strings of mysterious mist. Return to the camp of the day before. Dinner and night under tent. 5 hours walk. M and D: 700m.
Day 4. Man’s Spring – summit of Mount Cameroon – MANNSPRING camp
Early departure for the summit. The fumaroles and lava flows remind us that this volcano is active! The slope is more and more gentle on the top; we must go around and pass several craters, cones or hornitos before finally reaching the summit of Mount Cameroon, the highest point in West Africa. It is rare to be able to observe the plain, often covered by a mist. Descent to the camp, around 2,850 meters. Last descent through the forest. The slope is getting softer and softer
Day 5: MANNSPRING-GARRY CAMP
Breakfast at Mannspring, start of the descent to Limbe, walk through the rainforest, crossing old lava flows, break at the crater lake and opportunity to observe gazelles, monkeys, birds and forest elephants. Walk to Drink Garry Camp and overnight in the middle of the forest.
Approximate walking time: 6 hours
Day 6: GARRY CAMP-LIMBE
Breakfast at Drink Gary, continue the descent towards Limbé on the elephant road, possibility of seeing them. Arrival at the small village of
Bakinguili on the Atlantic coast. End of the circuit in Bakinguili and transfer to Limbé, stroll on the beaches, visit of the Zoo and the Botanic Garden. Dinner and night at the SEMME BEACH hotel,
Day 7. LIMBE-DOUALA
Early wake up, breakfast. Visit of the city of Douala. Lunch and continuation of visits to the sites of the city. End of stay
*7 DAY PRIVATE ITINERY FROM A € 2830* PER PERSON
-Meet & Greet and airport/hotel/airport transfers
2 night in the hôtel accommodation according to the chosen catogery
-2 or 3 night Camping equipment for nights under at the lodge
on the Mont Cameroon
-full board on safari from lunch on Day 2
to breakfast on Day 5
-Transport in air conditioned vehicle
-Private or collective touring
-Local english speakind guide
– Fuel, Local Government Taxes and
– Unlimited mineral water refill in the
Group trekking equipment: Tents, camp
stove, cooking utensils, cutlery
• Personal trekking equipment: Gaiters,
backpacks, walking canes, sleeping
bags, liners, sleeping pads.
Highlights of this trip
• Among the hikes in Cameroon, a mythical ascent, very little done.
• The diversity of landscapes, green or mineral.