Sustainable tourism within the Dja Fauna Reserve

Special Tour 9 days and 8 nights
Tour Guide: Jude Mainimo Mohmekwe

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Itinerary

Abroad – Yaounde – Somalomo – Dja Fauna Reserve – Yaounde – Abroad

Duration: 9 days and 8 nights

Price: 1,000,000FCFA (1,538Euros) as from 4 pax 

 

Tour description

This eco-tourism package will take you to the discovery of a forest that is dense and preserved since time immemorial; the Dja Fauna Reserve. The tour gives you the opportunity to stay in camping in the open air within tents, in the heart of the equatorial forest and also at the leaves huts of the Ba’Aka pygmies. These are the authentic forest dwellers and within 7 days they are going to immerse you in their world. They have the oldest civilisations in Cameroon and the world at large. Within the Dja reserve area, we will discover from village to village, the way of life, beliefs, as well as the ancestral practices of these native people.

We shall discover amongst others a magnificent virgin forest, with giant trees, an extraordinary nature which shelters men, the animals and the ecology.

We shall traverse the equatorial rainforest through several indescribable landscapes, exceptional canopies formed by the leaves and branches of the triennial trees and be seduced by the sounds of the birds, monkeys and other wild animals in the virgin forest all through the day.

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Daily Program          

Day 1: Abroad – Nsimalen International Airport – Yaounde

Arrival of guests at the Nsimalen International airport, pickup by our agent and drive to Yaounde centre town. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Yaounde – Somalomo (250km)

Early morning breakfast and take off for Somalomo. Arrival at Somalomo and negotiation for entry formalities into the Dja Forest Reserve. Cross the Dja River through the ferry transport. Arrival at the pygmy village, reception by the relay guide, dinner, animation, and overnight open air under the tent in a camping ground.

Day 3: Pedestrian walk within the Dja Fauna Reserve

Breakfast, departure to Schouam situated some 10 km from the camping ground, accompanied by a local guide who will explain the customs of the different village communities we find on the way. After 7km of pedestrian walk within the forest we shall uncover the buffalo rock overlooking a part of the reserve. Admiration of the nice panorama of the canopy (treetop) stretching as far as the eye can see. Possibility of observing animals and taking photo shoots of them. Picnic in the heart of the forest. Further discoveries in the forest, dinner and overnight in tent under the tree tops.

Day 4: Pedestrian walk within the Dja Fauna Reserve

Early morning wake up, breakfast and salutations by the sounds of wild birds and animals as the branches and leaves of the forest also wave at you. Possibility to observe animals a roving on the Schouam rock. Departure for the Forest clearings or bais located about 25 km away. Walk in the forest, observing the natural splendour of this forest reserve. Camping 15 km away. Lunch and go for further stroll and discoveries. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 5: Further Activities within the Dja Fauna Reserve

Early morning breakfast and continuation to the Forest Clearings. Arrival and installation in the camp, lunch in the afternoon. Observation of animals in the Clearings. Possibility to see Elephants, Gorillas, Sitatunga, Bongos, birds, etc. swimming in the surrounding straps. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 6: Somalomo

Early morning breakfast and observation of animals in the Forest Clearings. Pedestrian walk to return to Somalomo. Lunch and continuation. Dinner and overnight in tent mid-way in the forest.

Day 7: Somalomo

Breakfast and observation of animals in the bais.  Return to Somalomo. Lunch, relaxing before the resumption of walking. Continuation of the pedestrian walk. Arrival at Somalomo and installation at Somalomo guest house. Swimming in the Dja River, Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 8  Somalomo – Yaounde (250km)

Breakfast and take off for Yaounde via Ayos. Brief stopover at the Bifolone Pygmy village. Continuation and arrival at Ayos. Observation of the Nyong River and fishermen. Lunch of “Kanga” species of fish freshly caught from the River Nyong.  Continuation to Yaounde. Arrival and installation in the hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 9  Yaounde – Mefou National Park– Nsimalen International Airport – Abroad

Breakfast and departure to the Mefou National Park to visit the endangered primates. Return to Yaounde and visit to the National Museum of Yaounde. Discover the different monuments of the city. Shopping at the craft centre at Tsinga and drive to the Nsimalen International Airport for flight back home. End of Tour.

Included: Transportation in a comfortable vehicle with driver and fuel, shared accommodation, Breakfasts and dinners, Tour guide, trackers, all visits and activities mentioned in the program.

Excluded: Travel insurance, Personal items such as sun cream, insect repellent, souvenirs, additional food and drinks.

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