“Meet the conservationists and the Esu people of Cameroon, and Nigeria, on a 15 day tailor made tour featuring beaches, mountains and forest camps.”
Limbe Wildlife Centre | primate conservation presentation | Mount Cameroon | fish BBQ on Down Beach | Bamenda | Esu | meet the Chief of Esu | Fulani camps | Calabar, Nigeria | Afi Mountain trek | speed boat along the coast | meet Peter Jenkins and Liza Gadsby, founders of the Pandrillus project | canopy walkway and forest camp | Optional horse ride in Esu |
Description of Cameroon holidays, wildlife and culture
Cameroon is a country that gives you an introduction to Africa in one all-encompassing experience, stretching as it does from the mountainous forest-fringed southern coastline to the highlands in the west, the savannah plains in the centre and the semi-desert “sahel” of the north. With such diverse landscapes and environments Cameroon also has a wide variety of unique and diverse cultures and wildlife.
This remarkable two week Cameroon holiday gives you a taste of the coastal mountains, the equatorial forest and the region’s wildlife and conservation issues at the beginning and the end of your trip from the lovely town of Limbe which bookends your journey to the Bamenda Highlands and the remote Fongom of Esu for a unique insight into the essence of human society - the ancestral African village.
This highland sub-Saharan region is important too for human kind as it was very possibly the region where Man first left the forest for the open plains and where it is thought that the Bantu family of African languages originated and where our forest-dweller ancestors first explored the open savannah territory beyond the forest to the north.
Today, although Esu has its own language and unique culture of about 20,000 people stretched in villages along a river valley, it is a mixed and diverse community of Fulani cattle herder nomads and indigenous Esuan agriculturalists, with Islam and Christianity sitting happily side by side in a united community.
In Esu you are a guest to the Fon, the chief. You will stay in the only guesthouse, a simple but clean affair - and be catered for by your guide Ivo’s family. Through Ivo and the Fon you will gain an insider’s perspective of the customs and lifestyles of this Fongom community, with its different ethnic groups, its unique dialects, traditional dances and dress. You will visit Fulani camps, the Fon’s palace and receive an account of Esu’s origin story.
Sitting neatly either end of this 15 day Cameroon holiday are opportunities to hit the beach or climb Mt Cameroon or wildlife walk through the lush green equatorial forest fronds along the volcanic coast or visit the Ba’Aka pygmy near the coastal resort of Kribi. A visit to the Limbe Botanic Gardens and the Limbe Wildlife Centre, a sanctuary for primates caught up in the bush meat trade and at the forefront of Cameroon's primate conservation projects, gives travellers an introduction to Cameroon’s unique natural environment and brings you close up to gorillas, chimpanzees, drills, mandrills and other primates indigenous to the region.
This Cameroon holiday gives you beautiful beaches, a taste of the indigenous wildlife, and takes you to the heart of African and human culture in the region where it all began. What more could an adventurer want?
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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Cameroon holidays, wildlife and culture
This trip helps to support the primate conservation project of the Limbe Wildlife Centre and the education of the children in your host family in the community of Esu.
The Limbe Wildlife Centre is at the forefront of the conservation of Cameroon’s indigenous but threatened primate populations. Gorillas, chimpanzees and the highly endangered drill monkey which only exists on the Nigeria/Cameroon border regions, are among the many primates at the centre. The centre’s main remit is to rescue primates caught up in the bush meat trade, which, along with illegal logging, is the main reason for the destruction of primate populations. Adult primates are killed for bushmeat and their infants are sold as pets. The LWC steps in at this stage and confiscates the infant. They are then re-socialised into groups at the centre with the long-term aim of rehabilitation in the wild. The LWC also works hard to educate local populations about the threat to their wonderful wildlife.
Throughout the trip food and water is bought en route and as locally as possible. This trip minimizes waste by advising clients to follow the African example and recycle everything. You will see how a system that provides no waste disposal produces very little waste. We encourage you to pack light, buy locally, not to bring anything that we in the west count as disposable such as razors or wet wipes etc because in Africa they are not disposable.
Tourism is key both to conservation and the local environment generally. It gives incentive to government and people to protect their wildlife and when the outside world comes to visit people see the value in what they have and who are they are.
The community of Esu is at the end of a road in a remote region of the NorthWest province of of the minority anglophone side of Cameroon. Even in Cameroon, places like Esu are forgotten. This company has a special relationship with Esu and we have been the only providers of tourists to this fascinating culture for over a decade now.
Each trip we send to to Esu provides money to the families which host and guide the trip and the company has supported three children through school and college in nearby Bamenda. It is a fact in African culture as a whole that people who succeed in education and employment end up supporting large numbers of people in their communities.