Limited Expedition:

Cameroon: Indigenous Cultures and Forests

Cameroon is unique in the sense that the remote corners of the country are still home to some of the most traditional indigenous groups found anywhere in Africa. Whilst the future of many indigenous groups such as these lies in the balance, tourism, when implemented delicately, can be a powerful tool to allow these groups to make their own decisions on their future.

During this journey we will travel north to The Faro Valley, home to several distinct cultural groups, primarily the Mborono, Dowayo and Dupa people. Before camping among The Baka people. As with all our expeditions of this nature, there are no set itineraries, no cultural shows, and our presence among these people is done so strictly on their terms, not ours.

  • Days: 10    Limited: 8 Guests    Prices: From $7,897.00£5,722.00

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Pickup in Douala

You will be met upon your arrival in Douala’s Airport and transferred to your hotel, which overlooks the Wouri River.

We will gather in the hotel early this evening, for a briefing of the expedition ahead and to enjoy a meal together.

  • Guide TBC
  • Dinner in your hotel
  • Accommodation in The Hotel Sawa, Douala

North to Garoua

Today we will travel north, into Cameroon’s interior, via a short scheduled flight, arriving at the port city of Garoua.

There will of course be time to explore this small, frontier city, located on the Benue River, and to join the rest of the team as we head into the market, collecting supplies for the coming days on camp in The Faro Valley.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast in our hotel, lunch, dinner at a local restaurant
  • Accommodation in The Benoue Hotel

Tribes of Faro Valley

We will begin our journey into The Faro Valley with an approximately five-hour drive in off-road vehicles departing from Garoua. The journey is extremely scenic, along winding roads as we make our way into the valley itself.

Staying in a semi-permanent camp for the next four days, we will have the opportunity to spend time among various indigenous groups such as the Mborono, Dowayo and Dupa. A scouting team well known to the groups is sent ahead of us, to ensure that our arrival is expected, but as always, our interaction is never orchestrated.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast lunch and dinner in camp
  • Accommodation in simple forest cabins

Return to Yaounde

This morning we will pack up camp, and make our way out of the valley, once again returning to the port city of Garoua. where we will board a short scheduled flight to Yaoundé.

In the evening, there will be time to explore the city for those that wish to, and we will either enjoy a meal in our hotel or at a local restaurant in the city.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast in camp, lunch and dinner in a local restaurant
  • Accommodation in The Hotel Mont Febe

Camping Among The Baka

Today we will travel by road, heading west from Yaoundé, our destination being a temporary camp among the hunter-gatherer people, known as The Baka. The exact location of the camp is hard to pinpoint ahead of time, given the peripatetic nature of The Baka.

We will have the opportunity to spend two days among The Baka, the structure of which would be impossible to state until our arrival. This is not a prescribed tour, nor is it a show – our activity will be dictated by that of The Baka’s, as we join them in their daily activities. This often involves honey and medicinal plant collection or hunting for small mammals, and a local interpreter will be on hand to ensure accurate information exchange between guests and hosts.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in camp
  • Accommodation in lightweight camp

Yaounde

This morning we will pack up our camp, bid farewell to our hosts, and make the walk back to our vehicles through the forest before returning to Yaoundé.

We will enjoy a final dinner together, either at the hotel or at a local restaurant in Yaoundé, before departing in the evening on our international flights.

 

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast in camp, lunch and dinner in a local restaurant
  • Accommodation in The Hotel Mont Febe

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Highlights

Some of the amazing things you’ll experience

Meet Your Guide

Joan Riera spent his childhood between contrasting lives in both west Africa and Spain’s Catalan region. This unique combination led him to study anthropology at London’s Richmond University, part of a journey that has led him to continue his studies of traditional African cultures, and to become one of the best experts available on the region today.

It is this unique childhood and academic background that enables Joan to both understand and importantly,empathise with, indigenous cultures whilst his infectious personality enables him to operate as a guide. It would be fair to say, it is the fact that he did not train specifically as a guide that makes him such a great one.

Departure Dates

Due to demand we now offer various dates

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3 December to 12 December 2022

$7,897.00£5,722.00 per person

13 December to 22 December 2022

$7,897.00£5,722.00 per person

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Whilst this sort of trip would not suit everyone, we had a wonderful time, our guide was exceptional and we felt privileged to have been able to able to visit this corner of Africa.

Ms Jenny Cannon. London, UK

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