Traveling around Cameroon

Aside from our field research we also traveled around Cameroon to experience things such as Faun's Palaces, drinking palm wine and relaxing on the beaches of Kribi. Below are some photographs and links to more information on these amazing destinations.

Kribi

Below: We enjoy some fresh coconuts on the beach at Kribi while staying at the Auberge du Phare Chez Amelie.
White sand beaches make Kribi Cameroon's best seaside resort. Aside from some restaurants and a disco, there's little to do in town, but there are some inviting fishing villages nearby with excellent fresh seafood. If you make it during the dry periods of mid-October to November or March to May you'll miss the rain and the crowds of expats from Douala. The best nearby villages are Eboundja and Londji. With pristine sand and palm trees Kribi is great for lying back and enjoying some grilled fish and palm wine with the locals. Kribi is about two hours south of Douala by bush taxi. In a day trip you can also travel and visit the Pgymy tribes that live in the area. Spend some time seeing how they live, walking through their emmense forest and witnesses one of the few forest people left (below left).

To learn more: http://www.kribi.com/


Above: We enjoy a leisurely boat ride towards the Pygmy village and later in the day visit Lobe Falls.

 
 

Above: A picture of Mt. Cameroon from the base, in Buea. 
Buea & Mt Cameroon 

          Just about an hour north-west of Douala, Buea offers a cooler climate and an great view up Mt. Cameroon. It is home to Buea University and many shops and restaurants. 
         As you climb the mountain, you'll pass through dense tropical forests and sub-alpine meadows. Some people choose to climb the mountain, it about a 17 mile round trip and they say you can make it in one day if you're in good shape. Although most people take two days and stay overnight. 

Foumban

   Though slightly touristy, Foumban is one of Cameroun's major attractions and an important centre of traditional African art. Its jewel is the Palais Royal, the seat of power of the Bamoun people. The ruler of the Bamoun is known as the sultan, and the Bamoun can trace the lineage of their sultan back to 1394. The palace, completed in 1917, resembles a medieval chateau. 
         A few hundred metres of the palace is the Musée des Arts et des Traditions Bamoun.Foumban is shopping heaven with lots of stores linin gthe streets of hand carved wooden and brass objects. Some of the things you can buy include musical instruments, such as drums, pipes, statues, masks, gongs and lots of other items. Other streets are home to sculptors, basket makers, weavers and embroiderers. Which makes this place one of the best places in Central Africa to buy wood carvings and African art. 

Above: Our guide explains how this rock was used as a murdering block years ago on our tour of the Bafut Palace.
Photos taken by Thad Bartlett

Above: Noelle haggles over a bottle opener or other African goods. Bargaining is the key to shopping in Africa, an art form that takes practice and patience.
Some of the children of the Bafut Palace in Bamenda came and greeted us during our tour.
A typical outdoor butcher in Cameroon. The stalls are located on the side of the road and usually sell beef and chicken. Although many carry bushmeats of porcupine or monkey.


 

Bamenda
 Bafut

 
House that we stayed at an hour outside of Bamenda. It was a chance to experience no electricity, no running water and the red dirt of Bamenda.
Children of the Fon came to greet us. We offered them some candy and quickly gained many friends...

 

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