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Dschang

This city, located in the West province of Cameroon, is growing quickly and the population has increased tenfold in the past 20 years. The main attractions in the city are the Museum of Civilization, which explores the history of Cameroon through its tribes and cultures, and the Center le Cinematique which, as it sounds is a museum centered around film. The latter of these two attractions seems to have been neglected in recent years but the Museum of Civilization is still a great learning experience for visitors to Cameroon.

Dschang, Cameroon

Dja Faunal Reserve

The Dja Faunal Reserve was created in 1950 and became a World Heritage Site in 1987 and it forms an integral part of the dense rain forests that make up the Congo Basin. The Dja Faunal Reserve is one of the largest areas of protected rainforest in Africa. 90% of the reserve consists of unspoiled and protected forest marked out by the Dja River which acts as a natural border for the area. The reserve is home to 107 mammals including a large variety of primates, for which the reserve is best known. 

The Dja Faunal Reserve is especially notable for the diversity of primate species it protects including white-collared mangabey, mandrill, drill, Western lowland gorilla and chimpanzee. It adjoins onto the Congolese reserve of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park and the Gabonese Minkébé National Park to form the TRIDOMarea, an important zone for the protection of the African rainforest habitat of the Congo basin.

There are more than 1,500 known plant species in the reserve, over 107 mammals (including forest elephants, African forest buffalo and leopard) and more than 320 bird species. There is also a population of Baka pygmies living in a relatively traditional manner within the boundaries of the reserve. They confer a recognized cultural value to the site and are permitted to hunt using traditional methods, although agriculture and professional hunting are banned.

The area is not too easy to access and a local guide is advisable.

South-eastern Province, Cameroon

Korup National Park

Korup National Park is a vast area, comprising 126,000 hectares of evergreen forest. The park is well maintained with resident scientists and well-marked trails. Many species of birds can be found in the park including hornbills and the extremely rare red headed rockfowl. The forests are very ancient, rich in endemics, and highly diverse. The forest canopy is generally 15-25 m tall, with emergents up to 50 m tall. A typical large tree, second-most common in terms of basal area, is Lecomtedoxa klaineana with huge boles and impressive buttresses. The rain forest is home to more than 100 species of mammals, 435 bird species, 170 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 140 kinds of fish. Some of the animals in the park include several species of primates such as chimpanzee, red capped mangabey, red-eared monkey, red colobus monkey, baboons and the endangered drill among others. Other mammals in the park include leopards, duikers, buffalos and elephants.

The route to the park is through the village of Mundemba, a five hours drive from buea or 6 hours flight from Douala International Airport. The road to Mudemba is slippery during the rainy season July to November while its is dusty during the dry season

Visitors to the park may even be lucky enough to see elephants or chimps although these are rare. The road access to the park can be tricky especially in the wet months when the road conditions deteriorate. It is worth noting that the Chimpanzee camp is a 7 mile hike from the Mana foot bridge, so come prepared.

South-west Province, Cameroon

Kribi

This is the home of paradise in Cameroon. The beaches here are stunning with white sand, blue sea with crystal water and fresh fish served from the restaurants lining the seafront. There are plenty of hotels in the Kribi area and most are reasonably priced. If after lounging by the beach all day you are looking for something different to do, the Chutes de la Lobe waterfalls are just 8km due south from the town. The waterfalls cascade directly into the sea forming a truly memorable sight.

At the mouth of the Kineke River, Kribi lighthouse was built in 1906 by German colonizers and is still in use today. 

Kribi, Cameroon

Foumban

For art lovers, Foumban is a must-see city in Cameroon. The city has its roots in arts, music and architecture. It is also the city in Cameroon with the largest Muslim population. The city is much like a blend of North and West Africa with its Islamic influences. The Royal Palace and its adjoining museum is the main attraction here although the city’s mosque is also worth a visit while you are here.

Foumban, Cameroon

Bamenda

Bamenda holds the title of being the capital of Cameroon’s north-west and is a large city with all the amenities and facilities needed by travellers. The city of Bamenda is not likely to keep you interested for more than a day or two but Bamenda is a great place to reach the country’s highlands which offer beautiful lush scenery and hidden villages. The surrounding landscape is a great place for mountain biking, hiking and finding some off the radar guesthouses and restaurants.

 

Bamenda, Cameroon

Limbe

Occupying the slopes of Mount Cameroon, an active volcanic mountain, Limbe is a city that acts as a great base for travellers who are looking to explore the beauty of the area. The botanical gardens in the city are a great place to learn about the nature and plants in the area before exploring the nearby waterfalls and national park. The mountain itself has a summit height of over 4,000m and is therefore a serious challenge but walks for novices are still possible around the base of the mountain without making a full ascent. If you are a lover of nature and wildlife then this is the place for you in Cameroon.

Limbe, Cameroon

Maroua

Nowhere near as lush and green, Maroua still has an appeal of its own. The streets are remarkably red, sandy and dusty and the buildings are a dull beige colour but the colours of the locals clothing brings plenty of colour to the city. Maroua is a great place to experience the culture of Cameroon and its bustling markets are some of the best in the country. The city is also a great base for travllers wishing to visit the Mandara Mountains in the north of the country.

Maroua, Cameroon

3000 Years Petroglyphs

Bidzar is an archaeological

This site  is 20 km from Guider, Cameroon, featuring petroglyphs between 3000 and 300 years old. The site, currently under threat from local cement and marble manufacturing operations, is being considered for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage list of sites with "outstanding universal value" to the world.The Rupestral Engravings of Bidzar, on the other hand, showcases a marble field with about 130 sq km of Cipolin outcrop. This is located on the road of Maroua Garoua. The flagstone comprises marble engravings of diagrammatic representations. The art that is depicted in this engraving are part of the tradition of Cameroon. This engraving, the geometric styles diagram, is believed to have been man made and some are as old as 300 years.

DISCOVERY & SITUATION

The rock engravings of Bidzar were discovered by the french researcher Buisson in 1933. Other researchers were Jauze (1944), J.P. Nicholas (1951), E. Mveng (1965). In 1970 A. Marliac rediscovered the site and carried out some further studies, A. Marliac (1982). Bidzar is a small village near Guidar, situated on the Maroua-Garoua road in the north of Cameroon. The field of marble extends in the west of the road for about 2.5km long and 1km wide.The total length of these engravings have long been considered by some researchers as natural. A great quantity of marble was destroyed because of the industrial exploitation.

THE MATERIAL

The material on which the engravings were carved is the calcareous marble (cipolin) from which the presence of schist (rock), rich in chlorites, modified its whitish colour producing hues of green, yellow, blue or pink. This marble seems to have been chosen voluntarily because its resistance to engraving is very low, whereas the neighbouring rocks such as granite are too hard and the micaschist too soft. The engravings could only have been done with iron tools; the first layer of the marble is easily removed giving way to the whitish and most resistant part of the rock.

TECHNIQUES OF THE ENGRAVING

The engravers knew the usable material beside the neighbouring and less favourable rocks. In most of the cases, the engravers of Bidzar used a direct thrown percussion i.e. The hammering of a hammer placed on the engraved surface. The mark by staking is observable on the engravings; the engravers seem to have chosen the surfaces having no cracks or holes.

The disposition of the engravings on the paving stones seems to be linked either to the spread of the available surfaces (at times the surfaces are empty, at times full) or to the choice of the engraver. The engraver probably began the design at the greatest circular part, especially in the case of complicated figures. Then later added the internal figures and the external parts. It also worth noting the presence of huge figures occupying the whole paving stone, although nothing appears in these figures, the possibility of internal designs remained. engravings could only have been done with iron tools; the first layer of the marble is easily removed giving way to the whitish and most resistant part of the rock.

DEGRADATION AND DESTRUCTION OF ENGRAVINGS
 

Two types of degradations can lead to the wearing away of the engravings: Natural destruction caused by erosion (water flow) and the degradation of the marble (cracks) by climatic agents. Human degradation, The field of marble at Bidzar has been long visited by men and animals, which has led to an increase in the deterioration of the marble. One can also note the piling up of stones and freshly made holes during cultivation periods.

To resolve these problems an enclosure was constructed around the most important fields of marble. The policy of preservation needed to be put in place, as the paints and coatings that may have been used on the engraving were being erased over time due to climate and erosion.

DATING OF BIDZAR ROCK ENGRAVINGS

It is difficult to give an exact date to these engravings, but studies have shown that they could not go beyond the early Iron Age (2500-1500 BP).

INTERPRETATION OF THE ENGRAVINGS

The Bidzar engravings clearly have a meaning, but their interpretation is subjective. Moreover the local population have no concept of their meaning.

Cameroon

Sahelienne Zones

The excursion to Rhumsiki that just make regional delegates North and Far North is, without a doubt, a real boost to the promotion of domestic tourism. In this specific period of rain, the Mayo-Tsanaga surrounded by vast mountain chain flaunts her natural beauty.

The green that comes to resuscitate the rainy season is an additional trim. In order to strengthen solidarity among them and promote domestic tourism, the members of the Association of Northern Regional Delegates (Aderno) and the Association of Regional Delegates and assimilated the Far North (ADRA) have made an excursion to Rhumsiki in the Mayo-Tsanaga. After welcoming the delegation said at the crossroads of North Mokolo, close to Salak, both teams shake towards the town of Mokolo. A short distance from Mokolo, the famous Forge Ziver is the first stop. Regional delegates discover that blast furnace extraction of iron from the 15th century. They are explaining the process of extraction and manufacture of iron.

The fitted continues its trek to the promised land. To join, you must swallow 48 Km rocky road separating Mokolo this picturesque town of 5000 inhabitants. As as the delegation approaches the destination, the Nigerian border is drawn on the long chain of mountains. Throughout the course, the lunar landscape with its Kapsiki pythons volcanic offer size. After the town of Mogodé, chief town of the district of the same name, one approaches the ultimate.

Members Aderno and Adra find themselves in front of the most famous of these rocky needles, needle Mchirgué which culminates at 1224 m. This is the peak Rhumsiki that majestically overlooks the area. This unique moon landscape of this village is a mecca of tourism in Cameroon and a necessary step for all circuits in the Far North.

By late afternoon, when the sun goes down, the rocky peaks and the surrounding savannah make ocher and reddish, making the landscape even more fascinating. The rhythm of war dance Kapsiki, visitors delight. The camp Rhumsiki, the wizard crab is another attraction. With 82 years Mboula nestled behind the camp Rhumsiki predicts the future of all using crab.

Crops are they good, my marriage succeed it? Will I be appointed in the next government or DG? I gain the next election? These are the questions which are interests of clients of all backgrounds and all nationalities. In the group, the sorcerer predicts there will be three ministers in the new government. What could be better?

Rhumsiki, Cameroon