TOUR 9: TOUR OF CAMEROON AND GABON (8 days/7 nights)

TOUR 9: TOUR OF CAMEROON AND GABON (8 days/7 nights)

TOUR 9: TOUR OF CAMEROON AND GABON (8 days/7 nights)

Day 1: Arrive Douala. Airport assistance and transfer to the Meridian hotel. Half day city tour of Douala. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: DOUALA – GAROUA

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Garoua; meet/greet and transfer to Rhumsiki in the Mandara mountains after visiting the Kola gorges. In Rhumsiki, visit the crab sorcerer and the coppersmith; dinner and overnight at Rhumsiki lodge.

Day 3: RHUMSIKI-TOUROU-WAZA NATIONAL PARK

Drive to visit the Tourou market at the Nigerian/Cameroon borders before continuing via the Koza hills to the Waza national park; overnight at Waza lodge.

Day 4: WAZA NATIONAL PARK – MAROUA

Morning visit of the park and afternoon transfer to Maroua via Oudjilla; overnight.

Day 5: MAROUA-DOUALA -LIBREVILLE

Morning visit of Maroua before transfer to the airport for flight to Douala and connect to Libreville, Gabon. Airport assistance and transfer to your hotel, the Laïco Okoume Palace hotel. Dinner and overnight .

Day 6: LIBREVILLE – LAMBARENE

Transfer to Lambarene, stop at the Equator line at Oyane III. Installation at Les Sirenes hotel. After lunch, city tour of Lambarene, especially the Schweitzer hospital and the city museum; dinner and overnight at Les Sirenes hotel.

Day 7: LAMBARENE – LIBREVILLE

Transfer to lakes Zile and Evaro by boat and return to Les Sirenes for lunch and later transfer to Libreville. Dinner and overnight at Okoume Palace hotel.

Day 8: LIBREVILLE – FLY OUT

City tour of Libreville, the Leon Mba mausoleum, the handicraft centre, the St Michel’s church and others. Transfer to the airport in time for return flight. END OF TOUR.

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Other Tours:1. Markets

As in most of West Africa the markets are fabulously colourful and really interesting to walk around. In smaller towns or rural areas the markets are held every few days not on a regular day every week so it is a good idea to check beforehand if you intend to visit a market. In some of the larger cities the markets are permanent with a central covered area. All markets are organised into product areas so you will find all the fruit and vegetables in one area with tomatoes all together, all the fabrics in another area, spices in another and so on. As Cameroon is so diverse, the markets in each area of the country vary greatly in style and produce so even if you have visited one in the South it is worth having a look at a Central of Northern one. And of course they are great for people watching!

THE BEST OF CAMEROON ( 8 Days / 7 Nights)

Day 1: Arrive Douala; meet/greet and transfer to Meridien hotel. Overnight

Day 2: DOUALA-BUEA-LIMBE-DOUALA

Breakfast and excursion to the Mount Cameroon region; visit Buea, the former capital of Cameroon during colonial rule. Continue to visit the CDC tea plantations at Tole before transferring to Limbe to visit the lava flow site of the 1999 Mount Cameroon eruption.

After lunch, visit the Limbe wildlife center before driving back to Douala for overnight at the Meridien

Day 3: Douala-Maroua

Breakfast and transfer to the Douala airport for Camair-co flight to Maroua; meet/greet by our local agent and transfer to the hotel de la Porte Mayo for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: MAROUA-WAZA NATIONAL PARK

Transfer to the Waza national park; whole day safari in the park. This park has a surface area of 1,700 square kilometres and it is the best and most visited national park in Cameroon. Wildlife such as giraffe, elephants, many species of antelope, lion,warthog, cheetah, waterbuck, topi, red-fronted gazelle, domilesque, hartebeest, buffalo, baboon, monkey, abound.. Bird watchers could view eagle, hornbill, pelican, duck, goose, heron, marabou, guinea-fowl and many other rare species. Overnight Waza lodge.

Day 5: WAZA – OUDJILLA – MOKOLO-RHUMSIKI

Drive after breakfast to Oudjilla; this Podoko hill top village. Here, the round thatched mud houses are a distinctive feature. Visit the Oudjilla chief’s palace with his over 50 wives and hundreds of children. Continue drive via the Koza hills and Mokolo to Rhumsiki in the Mandara mountains. Dinner and overnight at the Rhumsiki lodge.

Day 6: RHUMSIKI – TOUROU – MAROUA

Drive to the Thursday local market of Tourou. Tourou is a border village situated on the border of Cameroon and Nigeria. The market is very picturesque with local women wearing carved calabashes on their heads which look like army helmets. They are of various designs and can indicate the marital status of the women. Continue drive to Maroua and overnight at the Hotel de la Porte Mayo.

Day 7: MAROUA – DOUALA

After breakfast, visit the craft market and other attractions before lunch. After lunch, transfer to the Maroua Salak airport for flight to Douala, arriving at 20:35. Meet/greet and transfer to Meridien Douala for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: DOUALA-EUROPE

Day at leisure (shopping at the craft market etc) Evening flight to Europe.

THE BEST OF CAMEROON IN 10 DAYS

Day 1 Saturday: Arrive Douala;meet/greet and transfer to Meridien hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Sunday : MAROUA – WAZA NATIONAL PARK

Depart Douala by flight QC 211 à 08:50 for Maroua, arriving at 10:35; meet/greet by our local agent and immediate transfer to the Waza national park (122 km), the well-known and most visited national park in Cameroon. Overnight Waza lodge.

Day 3 Monday: WAZA NATIONAL PARK

Whole day safari in the Waza national park. This park has a surface area of 1,700 square kilometres and it is the best and most visited national park in Cameroon. Wildlife such as giraffe, elephants, many species of antelope, lion,warthog, cheetah, waterbuck, topi, red-fronted gazelle, domilesque, hartebeest, buffalo, baboon, monkey, abound.. Bird watchers could view eagle, hornbill, pelican, duck, goose, heron, marabou, guinea-fowl and many other rare species. Overnight Waza lodge.

Day 4 Tuesday: WAZA – OUDJILLA – MAROUA

Drive after breakfast to Oudjilla; this Podoko hill top village. Here, the round thatched mud houses are a distinctive feature. Visit the Oudjilla chief’s palace with his over 50 wives and hundreds of children. Return to Maroua and visit the local market and particularly the art market. Overnight at Hotel de la Porte Mayo

Day 5 Wednesday: MAROUA – MAGA – POUSS – MAROUA

Drive to Maga, a picturesque village with domed homes made of clay. Today is the market day at Pouss, north east of Maga. Also visit the local fishermen at work on the Maga lake. Continue drive to Maroua; overnight at hotel de la Porte Mayo.

Day 6 Thursday: MAROUA – RHUMSIKI – TOUROU – RHUMSIKI

Drive to the Thursday local market of Tourou via Mokolo. Tourou is at the border between Cameroon and Nigeria. The market is very picturesque with local women wearing carved calabashes on their heads which look like army helmets. They are of various designs and can indicate the marital status of the women. Continue drive to Rhumsiki in the Mandara mountains.

Day 7 Friday: RHUMSIKI – GAROUA – YAOUNDE

Morning visit of Rhumsiki village especially the crab fortune teller. After lunch, drive through Dourbeye to Garoua. En route, visite the gorges of Kola. City tour of Garoua; Dinner and fly by Camair-co QC 222 at 21:15 arriving at 22:30; meet/greet and transfer to Djeuga Palace hotel.

Day 8 Saturday: YAOUNDE – BAFOUSSAM – KOUTABA

Drive to the region of the western chiefdoms of Cameroon. Our first stop is at Bandjoun, one of the biggest chefferies of the Bamileke chiefdoms. Here you visit the palace museum and the round house before driving through Bafoussam, the capital city of the West province to Koutaba, this small locality before Foumban. Dinner and overnight at Paradise hotel.

Day 9 Sunday: KOUTABA – FOUMBAN – BAMENDA

Drive to Koutaba (15km), visit the palace of the sultan of the Bamoun people with its rich historic museum and later, the craft village. Drive to Bamenda via Koutaba and Bafoussam. Visit road attractions such as the Sunday Foumbot foodstuff market and the Metche waterfalls.

Excursion to visit the palace of the fon of Bafut. Overnight at Ayaba hotel.

Day 10 Monday: BAMENDA – DOUALA – Fly out

After breakfast, drive to Douala via Dschang. On the way, visit banana and coffee plantations. Transfer to the Douala airport in time for return flight. END

THE BEST OF CAMEROON IN 16 DAYS/ 15 NIGHTS

Day 1 Saturday: Arrive Yaoundé-Nsimalen international airport; meet/greet and transfer to Hotel Djeuga Palace . Overnight.

Day 2: Sunday: DOUALA-MAROUA

Depart Douala at 08:00 by flight to Maroua ; meet/greet and transfer to Hotel de la Porte Mayo; visit the town of Maroua; Overnight.

Day 3 Monday: MAROUA-WAZA NATIONAL PARK

Transfer to the Waza national park (122 km), the well-known and most visited national park in Cameroon.

Whole day safari in the Waza national park. This park has a surface area of 1,700 square kilometres and it is the best and most visited national park in Cameroon. Wildlife such as giraffe, elephants, many species of antelope, lion, wart hog, cheetah, waterbuck, topi, red-fronted gazelle, hartebeest, buffalo, baboon, monkey, abound.. Bird watchers could view eagle, hornbill, pelican, duck, goose, heron, marabou, guinea-fowl and many other rare species. Overnight Waza lodge.

Day 4 Tuesday: WAZA NATIONAL PARK

Second full day safari in the Waza national park; overnight

Day 5 Wednesday: WAZA – OUDJILLA – MAROUA

Drive after breakfast to Oudjilla, the Podoko hill top village. Here, the round thatched mud houses are a distinctive feature. Visit the Oudjilla chief’s palace with his over 50 wives and hundreds of children. Return to Maroua and visit the local market and particularly the art market. Overnight at Hotel de la Porte Mayo

Day 6 Thursday: MAROUA – TOUROU – RHUMSIKI

Drive to the Thursday local market of Tourou via Mokolo. Tourou is at the border between Cameroon and Nigeria. The market is very picturesque with local women wearing carved calabashes on their heads which look like army helmets. They are of various designs and can indicate the marital status of the women. Continue drive to Rhumsiki in the Mandara mountains; Overnight Rhumsiki lodge.

Day 7 Friday: RHUMSIKI-MAROUA

Morning visit of Rhumsiki village,especially the crab fortune teller. After lunch, drive through Mokolo to Maroua. Overnight at Hotel de la Porte Mayo

Day 8 Saturday: MAROUA – MAGA – POUSS – MAROUA

Drive to Maga, a picturesque village with domed homes made of clay. Today is the market day at Pouss, north east of Maga. Also visit the local fishermen at work on the Maga lake. Continue drive to Maroua; overnight at hotel de la Porte Mayo.

Day 9 Sunday: MAROUA-YAOUNDE

Fly to Yaoundé; meet/greet and transfer to Djeuga Palace hotel; city tour of Yaoundé; Overnight.

Day 10 Monday: YAOUNDE – BAFOUSSAM – KOUTABA

Drive to the region of the western chiefdoms of Cameroon. Our first stop is at Bandjoun, one of the biggest chefferies of the Bamileke chiefdoms. Here you visit the palace museum and the round house before driving through Bafoussam, the capital city of the West province to Koutaba, this small locality before Foumban. Overnight at Paradise hotel.

Day 11 Tuesday: KOUTABA – FOUMBAN – BAMENDA

Drive to Koutaba (15km), visit the palace of the sultan of the Bamoun people with its rich historic museum and later, the craft village. Drive to Bamenda via Koutaba and Bafoussam. Visit road attractions such as the Sunday Foumbot food market and the Metche waterfalls.

Excursion to visit the palace of the fon of Bafut. Overnight at Azam hotel.

Day 12 Wednesday: BAMENDA – DSCHANG – MELONG

After breakfast, drive to Dschang, visit the town before driving down the “falaise” to Melong. Visit the Ekom waterfalls.Overnight at Villa Luciole.

Day 13 Thursday: MELONG – BUEA- LIMBE

Transfer through the banana plantations of Njombe, the rubber and oil palm plantations of the CDC to Buea, the former capital of Cameroon during German colonisation. Visit sites before driving down to Limbe for overnight at the Seme New Beach hotel.

Day 14 Friday: LIMBE-KRIBI

Visit the lava flow site of the 1999 eruption of Mount Cameroon and the Limbe wildlife centre before transferring to Kribi via Douala. Kribi is the best seaside resort town of Cameroon. Evening relax on the fine sand beaches near the hotel; overnight at the Residence Jully hotel.

Day 15 Saturday: KRIBI

Visit the Lobe waterfalls and take a boat ride on the Lobe river to visit a pygmy village; rest of the day relaxing on the beach; overnight

Day 16 Sunday: KRIBI-DOUALA

Whole day relaxing on the beach and later transfer at about 15:00 to Yaoundé or to Douala for evening flight to Europe. END OF TOUR

THE 1 DAY SHORE EXCURSION OF THE LIMBE CRUISE CALL

07: 00. Disembark the ship. Proceed with immigration and police formalities.

08.00 . Drive to Buea (pronounced Boya) on the slopes of Mount Cameroon. Buea is about 1000 metres above sea level and it was the capital of Cameroon during German colonisation. It is presently the capital of the South West region of Cameroon.

9.30 Arrive the Tole Tea Estate situated some 4 kilometres from Buea. Watch tea harvesting and later visit the tea processing in the factory.

11.00 .Depart Tole tea estate to Buea; Visit German colonial architecture such as the palace of the colonial governor, Von Puttkammer, the Bismark fountain and other colonial buildings now used as government offices.

11:45 Drive down to Limbe passing by the University of Buea. Visit sites such as the Alfred Saker monument erected in commemoration of the first European who set his foot in this town formerly called Victoria (named after Queen Victoria).

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch at the FINI hotel restaurant

14:00: Drive to the Limbe Wildlife Centre. This centre is famous for its big population of gorillas, chimpanzees, drills, mandrills, red-capped mangabeys, crocodiles, snakes, duikers, etc.

15:30: Drive to the lava flow site of Mount Cameroon eruption of April 1999.

16:15: Drive back to Douala, arriving at 17:30 for embarkation. END OF TOUR

HALF DAY SHORE EXCURSION CRUISE CALL TO KRIBI

Due to the fact that Kribi is a very small town with few tourist attractions, the call to this town will be quite short but full of interesting things to see. Lunch should be onboard and the onshore excursion can start after lunch.

The most attractive things to see here:

- Taking a local boat ride up the Lobe river to visit the pygmies of Bagyeli village (Bagyeli). These pygmies are going to perform traditional pygmy dances for the tourists.

- Visit the Lobe waterfalls which empties the waters of the Lobe river directly into the Atlantic ocean, a very rare phenomenon.

- Visit the Standard Bilingual and Nursery Primary School in Kribi.

- Visit the Kribi local market.

HALF DAY SHORE EXCURSION CRUISE CALL TO KRIBI

Due to the fact that Kribi is a very small town with few tourist attractions, the call to this town will be quite short but full of interesting things to see. Lunch should be onboard and the onshore excursion can start after lunch.

The most attractive things to see here:

- Taking a local boat ride up the Lobe river to visit the pygmies of Bagyeli village (Bagyeli). These pygmies are going to perform traditional pygmy dances for the tourists.

- Visit the Lobe waterfalls which empties the waters of the Lobe river directly into the Atlantic ocean, a very rare phenomenon.

- Visit the Standard Bilingual and Nursery Primary School in Kribi.

- Visit the Kribi local market.