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Bali Nyonga is located in the Northwest Province of Cameroon and lying about 20km southeast of the Northwest Provincial capital, Bamenda, Bali Nyonga is the home of about 85,000 residents. Bali Nyonga got its . .
Country: Cameroon
City: Bamenda
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Monastery Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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Bali Nyonga is located in the Northwest Province of Cameroon and lying about 20km southeast of the Northwest Provincial capital, Bamenda, Bali Nyonga is the home of about 85,000 residents. Bali Nyonga got its name from Princess Na’nyonga, who founded it in the early 19th century. Bali Nyonga is steeped in a rich history and possesses a strong cultural heritage which contributes to its uniqueness within Cameroon.

As the home of the earliest Basel Missionaries in the Grassfields, Bali Nyonga hosts an array of architectural treasures such as the Presbyterian Church in Ntanfoang built by the missionaries in 1902. The Basel Mission School and Cemetery constructed by the German missionaries were also the first built in the Grassfields region of Cameroon. Today, Bali Nyonga is the home of the first Presbyterian University in Cameroon.

Bali Nyonga’s rich culture and tradition are reflected in its social organization language, rites, rituals, and other cultural ceremonies. Bali people are very friendly, welcoming, and respectful. We know this site won’t answer all your questions about Bali Nyonga. On this site, you will find out more about the extraordinary history magnificent culture/tradition, and daily life of the Bali Nyonga people The Presbyterian Church located in Ntanfoang was constructed by the Germans in 1903 and it is the first church that was constructed in Bali Nyonga. It is the first piece of attraction that you see when you enter Bali Nyonga.

Early Church

English Baptists had first come to this part of West Africa in 1845. In 1884 the territory came under German protection and it was agreed, at a conference of European Missionary Societies, that the Basel Mission should take over the work of the English Baptists. This was done in 1886. During the First World War, the administration of the country passed into British hands and the German and Swiss missionaries were called back.

This had a tragic effect on the work of the mission but a small group of faithful people continued the work, making the church a truly indigenous one. In 1925 European missionaries began returning to the country. The Second World War again disrupted church life, which was however followed by a period of intense activity and growth. The church became autonomous in 1957. A new constitution was drawn up and adopted, marking the autonomy of the church. It consists of three parts: basic principles, organization, worship, and life.

The church runs three general hospitals, a rehabilitation center for leprosy patients, 18 health centers, two with an opthalmological unit, and a central pharmacy. Much emphasis is placed on primary health care in the villages. In the educational field, the church has 23 nursery schools, 122 primary schools, 14 secondary/high schools, and a teacher training college. There is also a center for agricultural and employment training. The pastors receive their training at the theological seminary in Kumba (66 students in 2004/05).

Some are still being trained outside Cameroon, in Africa, and overseas. There are plans to begin a church university by the year 2010. The church has departments for women, men, and youth. The radio and communication department runs its radio station, the Christian Broadcasting Service in Buea.

This tour allows you to experience the beauties of Africa thanks to cultural encounters with various ethnic groups, wildlife spotting in the grasslands, visits to museums, witnessing age-old craftsmanship, and participation in colorful parties with traditional dances in Mankon, Bali, and Bafut.


Day 1: Yaoundé

Arrive with the airplane at the capital Yaoundé. Welcome by the co-workers of Naded Tours. Transfer to the hotel with our company bus. Supper.

Day 2: Yaounde

Round tour of the capital Yaounde. General presentation of the four major regions of Cameroon at the National Museum. Supper at our Yaounde-based host family.

Day 3: Bali Nyonga

Transfer to Naka (Bali), our place of residence. Visit the Palace at Bandjoun. Welcome ceremony by the village population of Naka/Bali Nyonga. Walk to the huts, where you will be sleeping. Cultural orientation and general information evening. Supper.

Day 4: Bali Nyonga

Explore and get used to the new environment and the immediate surroundings. Socialize and get to know your village neighbors and host family. A short walk through our permaculture farm and those of some villagers.

Day 5: Departure

Departure - End of the tour.

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