From Septentrion to Safari in Bouba Ndjida National Park
20 days and 19 nights to explore the Far North of Cameroon and the Bouba Ndjida National Park
The far North is one of the most beautiful tourist regions in Cameroon, its relief is dominated by steppe and grassy savannah, interspersed with massifs with beautiful shapes such as the picturesque and enchanting landscapes of the Kapsikis, very popular with tourists. Rhumsiki is a true Mecca of Cameroonian tourism. The populations of the far North have managed to preserve their authentic culture which manifests itself through architecture, artistic creations, crafts, traditions and folklore. The Safari, the discovery of customs and traditions, and the friendliness of the populations will be the richness that we will obtain from this trip. Cultural diversity invades you all of a sudden. We will discover authentic peoples such as, the Mboums, the Komas, the Namchi also called Dowayo, the Peuls or Bororo, the Mousgoums, the Kapsiki etc…. We cannot end this journey without making a detour to Bouba Ndjida National Park.
Located in the northern region near the Chadian border, it was created in 1932 as a wildlife reserve and became a national park in 1968. It covers an area of 220,000 ha, and is part of the complex of protected areas of the North with the Bénoué and Faro national parks. It adjoins the Sena-Oura National Park in Chad and forms the Binational Sena -Bouba-Ndjidda complex. It was once the private hunting reserve of former Lamido de Rey-bouba from which it takes its name. It is also the largest national park in the country.
Bouba-Ndjidda National Park enjoys a Sudano-Guinean climate characterized by seasons of equal importance: a six-month rainy season from late April to mid-October and a dry season from November to April during which no rain is observed. The Bouba Ndjidda region receives between 1,000 and 1,250 mm of precipitation per year. The rainiest months are August and September and the annual average temperature is 28 ° C.
Bouba-Ndjidda National Park benefits from a very dense hydrographic network including the Mayo Vaïmba which, unlike other rivers that are seasonal in this part of Cameroon, flows throughout the year. Water is abundant throughout the park and even during the dry season thanks to the bedrock and clay soils which often delay its infiltration, thus ensuring the development of ecological interaction processes between wildlife species and habitats characteristics in this environment.
The park is home to around 24 species of large and medium mammals such as savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana), lions, giraffes, panthers, hyenas, bush pigs and warthogs, hippos, buffaloes, hyenas, baboons, vervets, patas, colobus, aardvarks, servals, wild dogs and jackals which are also very abundantly represented. Rhinos appear to be extinct in Cameroon. The park is also home to around 11 species of antelopes such as the Eland Derby, which is the largest, the most majestic and also the fiercest of African antelopes, Hippotragus, Damaliscus, Buffon’s kob, Defassa Kob, red hartebeest, Reedbuck, harnessed bushbuck, Grimm’s duiker, red-sided duiker, etc.
About 250 species of birds have been identified in the park, 25 of which are restricted to the Sudanese savannah biome. Considering the ornithological richness of the park, it has been declared an area of importance for the conservation of birds. For ornithology enthusiasts, several hundred species of birds alone provide the reasons for a trip. Among them, there are species such as the jabiru or the marabou, the giant Abyssinian hornbill, raptors and scavengers, fish eagles, jugglers, bald vultures, but also smaller species such as the brilliant Abyssinian rollers or the green and scarlet bee-eaters.
Day 1: Europe –Yaounde
Reception at the Nsimalen-Yaoundé International Airport which is the political capital of Cameroon, commonly called the city of seven hills, it is a green city with a mild climate, it is also the capital of the Center Region and the Mfoundi department. Yaoundé is home to the most important institutions in Cameroon, Yaounde is located on a network of hills dominated by the Mbam Minkom Mountains (1,295 m) and Mount Nkolodom (1,221 m). In the northwest sector of Yaoundé, or Mount Eloumden (1,159 m) to the southwest.
The different districts are organized according to the rugged terrain of the city site, transfer to the Mérina hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Yaounde - Bertoua (340 km)
Day 3: Bertoua – Ngaoundere (498 km)
Breakfast, departure for Ngaoundéré, lunch at Garoua-Boulaï, continuation of the trip with the possibility of visiting the Vina falls, arrival and installation at Transcam hotel, discovery of the Cameroonian water tower, Ngaoundere is surrounded by several volcanic hills including the one that gave the name of the city (Ngaoundere mountain), orientation tour, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Ngaoundere – Boubandjinda (302 km)
Breakfast, departure for Boubandjida National Park through the Sudano-Guinean shrub savannah, it covers 220,000 hectares and has a varied landscape and relief interspersed with many seasonal rivers “the “mayos”, it has preserved a fauna of remarkable richness and diversity. Enhanced by a few mountainous areas, the bush presents very diverse aspects, alternating dense cover zones, forest galleries and open spaces, lunch on the road, arrival and installation at the camp, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5, 6, 7: Bouba Ndjida National Park
After breakfast 1st entry to the Park, photo safari for two days with lunch breaks, 2nd entry in the afternoon, vision safari: Giraffes, Eland Derby, Harnessed Guibs, Elephants, Antelopes, Hippotragus, Baboons, Buffon’s kob, etc, dinners and overnight at the Camp.
Day 8: Bouba Ndjida National Park – Garoua (277 km)
Breakfast, visit of the park until 10 a.m., departure for Garoua, possibility of observing the animals on the way back, stopover on the Bénoué bridge, observation of hippos, lunch on the way, continuation of the trip, arrival and installation at the Bénoué hotel, dinner and overnight stay
Day 9: Garoua - Maroua (213km
Breakfast, departure for Maroua via Guider, detour to visit the Gorges of Kola, a true gift of nature, there is an Amat of rocks polished by water that can reach 20 m in height over an area of more than 3 ha, lunch after the visit to Guider, continuation on the Maroua axis, visit of the Bidzar marble field, continuation of the trip, arrival and installation at the Mizao hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10: MAROUA – MAGA POUSS (Tuesday market day 192 km Round trip
Early wake up, breakfast, excursion to Maga-Pouss, visit to the shell huts of the Mousgoum tribe of Murla, visit to the moving Pouss market, meeting and sharing with the people, this market is only held on Tuesdays, picnic, canoe on Lake Maga in search of Hippopotamuses, return to Maroua, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 11: Maroua – Oudjilla (130 km)
Breakfast, excursion to the Kingdom of Oudjilla, an ancient Kingdom of more than 400 years, the Kingdom Guides will tell you the story of the chief who had 50 wives and more than 112 children, organization of traditional dances at the Kingdom, return to Mora, lunch in a restaurant in the city, visit of the market, return to Maroua, relaxation at the hotel swimming pool, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 12: Maroua – Rhumsiki (131 km)
Breakfast, departure for Rhumsiki. Rhumsiki (or Roumsiki) is a picturesque village of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants nestled in the heart of Kapsiki country in the Mandara Mountains. It is a high plateau where immense lava peaks rise as far as the eye can see, coming from volcanic chimneys sometimes reaching more than 1000 m in altitude. The most famous of the rocky needles is that of Mchirgué also known as the peak of Rhumsiki which rises to 1.224 m and which can be admired from the entrance of the village coming from Mokolo.
This unique lunar landscape makes this village one of the high places of Cameroonian tourism and a necessary stopover on all circuits in the Far North. It is one of the most beautiful tourist sites of Cameroon, because they are described as “remarkable” “striking” “breathtaking” or as “a lunar landscape”. Writer and explorer André Gide wrote that the landscapes of Rhumsiki are “among the most beautiful landscapes in the world”. Arrival followed by installation at the camp, lunch at the camp, visit to the Ziver peak, hike in the valley, visit of the village, organization of the traditional kapsiki dance near the peak, return to the camp, relaxation while tasting cold drinks, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13: Rhumsiki - Maroua (131 km)
Early wake up to admire the sunrise at the lunar site in a magical setting, breakfast, departure for Maroua, arrival and visit of the Maroua market, lunch in a restaurant, Shopping at the craft center, installation at the Mizao hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 14: Maroua – Mindif - Garoua (237 km)
Breakfast, departure for Garoua, detour to visit the Mindif tooth 25 km from Maroua, sharing with the village population, lunch on the way, continuation of the trip, arrival and installation at the Bénoué hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 15: Garoua – Wangaï (230 km)
Day 16, 17: Immersion in the Alantika Mountains
Day 18: Koïlo / Librou – Ngaoundere (242 km)
Very early wake up, breakfast, walk to Wangaï to find our vehicle, departure for Ngaoundéré, lunch in Poli, continuation of the trip, late arrival in Ngaoundéré, dinner and overnight stay at Transcam hotel.
Day 19: Ngaoundere – Train to Yaounde
Breakfast, visit of the city of Ngaoundéré, in particular, the Mardoc wood and the Lamidat, discovery of the history of the Mboum people, lunch in a restaurant in the city, transfer to the train station for the evening train to Yaoundé, dinner and overnight stay on the train.
Day 20: Yaounde – Mefou - Europe
Breakfast on the train, arrival followed by an excursion to the Mefou Zoological Park located 38 km from Yaoundé, it is a transition park between a Zoo and a protected area created in 1999, it allows the conservation savages endangered primates who are orphans or captivated by poachers, we find among others Gorillas, Monkeys, Mandrills etc ., return to Yaoundé, lunch in a restaurant in the city, partial visit of the city of Yaoundé, Day-Use, dinner in a restaurant in the city, transfer to the Airport, END OF OUR SERVICE.
Price: 4 250 € / pers. (2 pax)
This tour includes:
► Reception and escort by a certified national tourist guide.
► Transport in a minibus and large bus for a large group
► Accommodation in a double room,
► Full board meals
► Entrance fees into the attractions.
► Toll fees.
► Guided tours of all the sites and attractions indicated in the program.
► Professional driver.
► Camping material
► Traditional dances
This tour does not include:
► International flight fees (Roundtrip).
► Costs related to travel formalities such as visa and immigration charges.
► Costs related to travel insurance.
► Additional expenses of the tourist such as the purchase of souvenirs.
► Alcoholic drinks such as liqueurs, wines, and whiskeys.
► Tips and gifts (freewill gestures)
Please specify :
► The exact dates of the visit (date of arrival and date of return).
► Flights and airports of arrival (Douala or Yaoundé-Nsimalen).
► Group or tourist’s interests to permit tailored modifications of the tour.
► Names and information of visitors for bookings.
► Food exigencies; diabetes, vegetarian etc.
NB : This program can be modified by demand to suit the expectations of the tourist(s).