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October 7, 2015

The Cameroon Cultural Jamboree

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This is a rare opportunity which offers a gamut of possibilities for visitors, especially researchers in cultural issues, to have not only a  total insight about the rich cultural heritage of the Cameroon Grassfield, but a mix of culture, adventure, volunteer work and the fulfilment that at least he or she has contributed towards a positive change  in the lives of the people. And this will go a long way to contribute in strengthening international understanding and world  peace..

 

Duration: 13 days

Dates: Oct-May

Fitness Conditions: Reasonable fitness/normal health

Prices: 1pax-4546Euros, 2pax-2780Euros per person, 3pax-2063Euros per person, 4pax-1794Euros per person, 5pax-1597Eurs per person,6pax-1468Euros per person, 7pax-1373Euros per peson,8pax-1303Euros per person.This includes car hiring,fuel,driver, lodging, food and non alcoholic beverages,guiding,entry/honorarium,airport tax, , handling charge and miscellaneous. It excludes air ticket,gifts and alcoholic drinks.

The prices include the following: car hiring,fuel and driver, lodging, handling cost, food, (breakfast and one other meal) guiding, entry fees, miscellaneous.

The prices exclude: airport tax (15.5euros), visa fee (98euros) and flight: varied.

ITINERARY 

 

This itinerary is tentative depending on flight schedules. Visitors arrange their flight by themselves and our role limits on the delievery of ground services.
-1st day(8thDec, )- Arrival at Douala and overnight in Foyer du Marins.
-2nd day(9thDec.)-Douala –Foumban.
What to do-
Brief stops on he way to see interesting features such as the Ekom NKam Waterfall,found some 200km from Douala.It is a picturesque site and famous for having acted as the  ground for the acting of the  thrilling Tarzan film by some famous film actors. A ritual sacrifice is performed by the local Chief meant to give blessings to the visitors.
Another brief stop is at  a bustling roadside market to have a taste of the local food such as roasted plantains,cocoyams and fish, which go along with a cold bottle of local beer.
Overnight at Bafoussam in Golden Centre Hotel.
3rd day(10th Dec)-Bafoussam-Foumban
What to do- Participate at the very important opening ceremony of the NGUON FESTIVAL,which occurs once every two yearsl, characterized by the rare appearance in the public of the highly respected Sultan, accompanied by other traditional rulers from other parts of Cameroon. A lot of gun firing, traditional music and dancing take place. May have the opportunity to visit the rich museum. Overnight in Foumban and experience the thrilling night life, due to the presence of many people who have come from many parts of the country and from other parts of the world to attend the festival.This is one of the most important cultural festivals in Cameroon and the Central African sub-region.
4th day(11th Dec.) Visit other  interesting parts of the locality before returning to the palace esplanade for the activities of the cultural festival.They include the small mystical house, believed to be about 300years old and contains all magical warfare tools used in protecting the community in times of war. And craft centres. Overnight in Foumban
5thday(12thDec.)Attend the colourful closing ceremony of the festival and return to Bafoussam for overnight
6thday(13thDec)Visit some important palaces such as Baham and Bafoussam and continue to Bamenda for overnight in Mondial Hotel.
7thday(14thDec)Visit a combined waterfall and  cave at Guzang, some 45km from Bamenda. Contact producers of local beverage called palm wine and also visit people extracting oil palm using local methods.Return to Bamenda and continue to Awing village and overnight in the home of a local.
8thday(15thDec)Early in the morning do a visit walk, during which you discover the local market, women carrying loads on their heads, blacksmith at work, people at their homes preparing to attend the ritual at the palace or at the lake.

 

This lake is believed to be the home of the ancestors of the Awing people and so is highly respected.That is why the ritual sacrifice is performed each year.During the sacrifice two  outstanding  items, namely an old bell and whistle  found in an old bag are used. These are said to have been handed over to one old man by the ancestors who met him on the way when they were migrating to the current site, which is the lake.They gave him these items and asked him to take them to the palace and inform the traditional ruler of that time about their whereabout and that this person should always be the leader of the chief priests on the day of the sacrifice each year, and should always ring the bell and blow the whistle when they approach the lake.
It is believed that failure to perform this sacrifice leads to a number of calamities in the village such as infertility of most women,poor harvest, absence of peace within the village and between the village and neighbouring villages.
There is much music and dance after the sacrifice and barren women are anointed with camwood mixed with palm oil so that their fertility is restored .
Return to Bamenda and continue to Fundong, which is the start of the journey through part of the famous Bamenda Ring Road, and  overnight in a hotel.
8thday(16thDec). Visit the palace of the traditional ruler of Kom, whose Kingdom is one of the largest in Cameroon.
In this palace undergo an initiation ritual which permits you to formally greet the ruler, and to penetrate the inner part of the palace, at one part of which is found a statue called AFO-AKOM. This is believed to possess a lot of mystical powers and on which the Kingdom  relies for its protection against external enemies. It was stolen to a museum in one western country  and brought back because it was believed to usually knock down other crafts in the same museum, because it was not feeling
comfortable in this foreign land.Its being brought back attracted a lot of diplomatic attention.
Procede to Subum and overnight in tents after visiting some survivor families of the Lake Nyos Gas disaster of 1986.It should be noted that the lake exploded in August 1986 and killed about 1700 persons and many animals.This was attributed to a very toxic gas that accumulated on the floor of the lake. The survivors were forced by this
incident to migrate to other areas. They have returned .
9thday(17thDec) Continue interacting with these survivors in the early part of the day. If there are any gifts such as medicines, clothing, money, you can offer them.
Later in the day visit the dreadful Lake Nyos and see the equipment installed in the lake to eliminate the gas.
Go to Wum for overnight in a modest motel.
10th day(18thDec)
Experience the local culture, including the Queen Mothers Dance, performed by the elderly wives of the chief. It is quite colourful and full of melodious music.
Have a taste of the local food and drink made out of maize.
Return to Bamenda, while halting on the way to see the Menchum Fall, into which flows the meandering River Menchum.Also see sprawling rice farms and other land use patterns. Overnight in Mondial Hotel.
11th and 12th day(19th and 20thDec)
Attend the Bafut Cultural Festival. It takes place in the plaza of the Bafut palace. This palace is famous for being the first residence and administrative base of the first colonial masters(Germans) when they arrived the Grassfields of Cameroon.
This festival is one of the most famous and most highly attended in Cameroon.It is marked by the presence of a multitude of traditional dances.
Some visitors are given honorary titles by the traditional ruler.
Return to Bamenda and have a feel of the town by going to craft making centres and shops for souvenirs and by  Visiting the town in the night.
13thday(21stDec)
Bamenda to Douala and departure in the night.

Some visitors may be interested in continuing to tour other parts of Cameroon.

Additional Info
Country: Cameroon
Region: North-West
City: Douala to Buea to Bafoussam to Bamenda
Address: Basement of red building after Vatican Shop, City Chemist Round-about,Bamenda,Cameroon
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