11 Days from$1560 p/p in USD
Budget, Camping, Mid Range
This adventurous safari in northern Cameroon encompasses spectacular landscapes, traditional African culture, flora and fauna. Rhumsiki boasts incredible volcanic scenery with views of the Mandara mountains: a dreamlike vision. Discover the Kapsiki world which is cut off from civilization where villages have preserved their mystery and Benoue and Waza National Parks with superb wildlife wild and some of the highest concentrations of animals in Central Africa.
Safari types:Camping Safari, Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Waza National Park, Bénoué National Park, Yaoundé, Mefou National Park, Ngaoundere, Garoua , Maroua
Wildlife:Birds, Ostrich, Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Monkey, Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Giraffe, Damalisc, Waterbuck, Cob, Derby Elk, Hyena, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle, Train
Start/end:Start in Yaoundé, end in Yaoundé
- Discover Maroua, the mountain people, Mandara mountains, vast plains, Mabas, Rhumsiki, mountainous Massifs, Mogodé lunar landscapes
- Cultures – discover the sarés of the mountain people surrounded by terrace farming
- The crab wizard
- Discover the Oudjilla Palace where the chief has 49 wives, who will organize traditional dances in a well-kept yard
- The Kola Grooves
- Waza National Park, safari kingdom of the far north region
- Discover Mousgoum shell huts in Muria
- The Cameroon kitchen and the hospitality of its people
Price – Per Person USD
From USD 1,560 per person
- Accommodation in double rooms in 2 and 3* hotels in urban areas
- Accommodation in tents in camps as mentioned in the programme and in Rhumsiki
- Meals mentioned in this programme
- All transportation in a private car with English-speaking driver (fuel, road taxes, parking, car insurance and driver insurance, lodging and feeding of driver)
- Yaoundé – Ngaoundere / Ngaoundere – Yaoundé by train (first class coach)
- Services of a English-speaking tour guide during your stay
- Local guides have knowledge of local languages, the ways and customs of areas to be visited
- Entrances to sites and National Parks (Waza and Benoue)
- Visit to the Lamidat of Ngaoundere and the Oudjilla Palace
- Traditional dances in Oudjilla and Rhumsiki
- On-the-spot assistance 24/7
- International flights and airport taxes
- Visa fees
- Repatriation assistance/insurance
- Drinks and personal expenses
Day by Day Overview
Arrive in Yaoundé, reception and settle in at Central Hotel 3* for dinner and overnight.
Morning wake up, breakfast then depart to Mefou Park around Yaoundé to visit the primates who live in this natural environment; gorillas, chimpanzees, and other monkeys. Return to Yaoundé and visit the ‘City of Seven Hills’. At about 4pm you go to the train station to catch the train to Ngaoundere.
Arrival in Ngaoundere where you’re met by a tour guide, then visit the Lamidat, one of the oldest and well organized in the great north region with more than a thousand old traditions with uncountable cultural wonders. Ngaoundere is a Muslim town where the Lamido’s Palace is a big saré with interesting mushroom-shaped huts. Guards dressed in turbans and colourful boubous give this city a legendary atmosphere. With a little luck, you will participate in the fantasia. Continue on to Garoua passing through Lagdo, a town with an hydroelectric dam, where fishermen from neighbouring countries like Nigeria, Chad, Guinea and Togo come to fish. Stopover in Garoua for the night where you have dinner and overnight at Tourist Motel 3*.
Depart from Garoua for Rhumsiki passing through the Kola and Doubeye Grooves, going towards Kapsiki country. Rhumsiki is a village immersed in grandiose décor, located in the Mandara Mountains in the far north. The scenery is breathtaking; as far as the eye can see there are gigantic peaks and volcanic plugs projecting up from the ground. Settle in to the camp then discover the lunar landscapes (the crab wizard, weavers, potters etc). Dinner and night at the Tourist Camp and Rhumsiki Climatic Centre 2*.
Departure from Rhumsiki for Waza National Park passing through the Djinglia Pass. Visit the handicraft cooperative of the Mafa people on the mountain, while on the way you discover traditional huts on the mountainside and scenic farming on the terrace. After the stopover at Djinglia, a brief stop at the Kola Grooves with a beautiful panoramic view of the Nigerian Plain, then continue to Oudjila. Visit the Palace of the Chief with 49 wives and 112 children, custodian of the tradition of the Podoko people. At the Koza Pass, visit the Kirdi traditional habitat and the millet farms arranged in step or terrace form on the mountain slopes. Continue to Waza where you visit the Waza National Park, which represents all the plant and animal species of black Africa. Return to the camp for relaxation. Dinner and overnight at the Waza Camp 2*.
Enjoy a day’s safari in Waza and search for lion, giraffe, elephant, cob, ostrich, damalisc, cheetah, waterbuck and much more. It is the most popular safari destination in Cameroon and the most spectacular in French speaking Africa. It is situated in the Far North Region of the country and is a paradise for lions and numerous mammals as well as many birds. The park offers two areas of vegetation: firstly the forest area with its excavation of acacia with reddish branches, secondly a group of endless herbaceous plains. You can spend many days in Waza without getting bored. It is better to go in the morning when the animals are just rousing from sleep and in the evening when the setting sun gives a wonderful colour to the wilderness. Dinner and overnight at the Waza Camp 2*.
After breakfast head out on a morning safari in Waza National Park. At about 10 am, depart for Maroua with a stopover at Mora for lunch. Continue to Maroua, near the foot of the Mandara mountains, one of the most attractive towns in the country. It does not end at the banks of the Kilao, a vast tongue of sand in the dry season. The neems, big trees with sweet smelling flowers on the branches give the town an aspect of an oasis of greenery bathed in warm light – it is good to live there. Here you are in the town that has the greatest influence of Islam and soothsayers. The market is the highest centre of attraction, where you will find vendors of cloth, tanners and especially herbalists and native doctors who will propose magic potions, herbs, dried roots or amulets. Arrival and settle in at the hotel. Visit the market and the handicraft centre. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight at Relais Porte- Mayo 3*.
Have breakfast then leave for Benoue National Park (180 000 ha) where you will find hippopotamus, Derby elk, hyena, panther and more. At the centre of the northern region, 170 km from Garoua, the park is home to the biggest antelopes – the Derby elk. Arrive at the Benoue camp, situated on the banks of the Mayo. Relax with birds and hippo singing. Dinner and overnight at the Benoue camp 2*.
Morning wake and breakfast before a day of safari. In the morning, visit the pool to see hippos and crocodiles, watch birds like the Fassa cobs, then buffaloes, Derby elk, giraffes and more. Return to the camp for lunch and rest then back to the park for a short safari hoping to see other animals. Dinner and overnight at the Benoue Camp 2*.
This morning you leave for Ngaoundere where you will take the train to Yaoundé.
Arrive back in Yaoundé in the morning and head to the airport for your departure flight.