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Managna Palaeontological Site was discovered in the early '80s, during a prospecting mission of PIRCAOC looking for traces of pre-man, the "missing link" in the evolution of hominids, which later lead to the discovery of . .
Country: Cameroon
City: Ngaoundere
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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Managna Palaeontological Site was discovered in the early '80s, during a prospecting mission of PIRCAOC looking for traces of pre-man, the "missing link" in the evolution of hominids, which later lead to the discovery of Toumaï Chad.

It is in the basin Kum which extends along with the Mayo Rey from Tcholliré to Mayo Djarendi on 80 x 16km, approximately 1200km2 What has discovered the first vertebrate fossils in the area.

Fragments of Spinosaurus mandibles and many dinosaur footprints have been updated including near the village of Managna where you can observe one of the largest footprints in slabs known in the world today (400 x 50m More than 100 tracks and forty tracks listed).

Interest Kum Basin is essential for understanding the history of dinosaurs' ever traces that are observable on four different geological levels, proving the continued presence - until challenged - dinosaurs in Africa over a long period.


The footprints that you can observe Managna are dated there about 115 to 130 million years (Cretaceous), which corresponds to the estimated time of the opening of the South Atlantic (separation of Africa and of South America). This dating is supported by the existence in the North East of Brazil traces of dinosaurs' similar presence (footprints, fossils) and a geological profile similar to that time.

Three main types of fingerprints can be identified Managna and prudently associated with species of dinosaurs: The largest, about 45 cm, corresponds to a theropod (Spinosaurus), carnivorous dinosaur, toed biped. Several sizes of these patterns can be observed, probably from individuals of different ages. This species may have reached 16 to 18 m long and weighed up to 10 tonnes. It is the largest known predator.

The second would be tantamount to an Iguanodonte ornithopod, a toed biped whose size may have reached 7 meters and a weight of about 2 tons can.

Traces correspond to around sauropod (Titanosaurus) quadruped herbivorous dinosaur, the largest living beings the world has ever worn. We think they could reach 22 m in length and weigh over 50 tons ...

How to get there?

Managna village is situated on the road from Tcholliré to Madingring, 7 km after the junction of Tam and 8 km before the entrance of the National Park Boubandjida. The palaeontological site is located 4 km south of the village is accessible by vehicle. To visit go to the leadership of the village, on the plot to the right of the track from Tcholliré, just before the sign "MANAGNA."

Managna small bush village, 10km from the park entrance to Boubandjida; In the bed of Mayo Rey, one of the largest plates fossil footprints of dinosaurs known in the world, and yet completely unknown! Hundreds of trace fossils ... (- 110 to -130,000,000 years), some form of "tracks" ...Dinosaur tracks of different sizes left on the rocky bed of the river Mayo Rey. Sedimentary Basin near the village of Kum Manangna.


Day 1– Maroua – Oudjilla – Waza National Park

We leave the south behind and fly to Maroua in the far north of Cameroon. The landscape here is utterly different from that which we have already seen and much arider. We visit the village of Oudjilla with its chief’s palace, set in a walled compound and home to his family. Oudjilla is set amidst stunning scenery, and if we are lucky we may meet the chief, who has more than forty wives. Later we drive to Waza National Park where we spend the night. Overnight at Campement de Waza or similar.

Day 2 – Waza National Park

We spend the day on game drives through the park, looking for elephants, antelopes, giraffes, and lions as well as other species. Waza is one of the region’s best national parks and large herds of elephants can often be seen at the waterholes here, while chances to spot lions are good. Overnight Campement de Waza or similar.

Days 3 –4 – Mandara Mountains

We head into the hauntingly beautiful landscape of the Mandara Mountains, where villages are dotted around volcanic plugs jutting into the sky. We stop first at Djinglya and visit a traditional Mafa home as well as a handicraft co-operative. We then travel to the village of Rhumsiki, set amidst some of Cameroon’s most stunning scenery. We visit the potters, weavers, and the crab sorcerer, who predicts the future using crabs. Spend time exploring this traditional area before heading back to Maroua. Overnights at La Maison de l’Amitie, Rhumsiki and Hotel Le Sare, Maroua or similar.

Day 5 – Douala

Fly back to Douala for our final night in Cameroon.

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