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Nguon Festival and Baka Communities

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30/11/22 11/12/2212 days £0 ex. flights £0Joan Riera8 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

The sultan receiving gifts during Nguon, Foumban, Cameroon 1

Nguon Festival

Visit the 500-year-old royal Nguon Festival, which only happens every two years.

Baka women in the forest, Cameroon 2

Baka People

Spend time with the iconic Baka people, deep within the Central African rainforest.

Church, Cameroon 3

Diverse Landscapes

Explore Cameroon’s highlands, forests and coastline.

Chimpanzee, Cameroon 4

Rescued Chimps

Spot rescued Central African chimpanzees on the islands of Pongo Songo.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Douala - Melong

  • Day 3

    Melong - Foumban

  • Days 4-5


  • Day 6

    Foumban - Yaounde

  • Day 7

    Yaounde - The Baka

  • Day 8

    The Baka

  • Day 9

    The Baka - Yaounde

  • Day 10

    Yaounde - Kribi

  • Day 11


  • Day 12

    Kribi - Douala

Day 1


Day 2

Douala - Melong

Day 3

Melong - Foumban

Days 4-5


Day 6

Foumban - Yaounde

Day 7

Yaounde - The Baka

Day 8

The Baka

Day 9

The Baka - Yaounde

Day 10

Yaounde - Kribi

Day 11


Day 12

Kribi - Douala

Water fall in Cameroon

Journey into the Highlands

Begin your journey into the Cameroonian highlands. Stop at the spectacular Ekom Falls, which featured in the 1984 film about Tarzan, “Lord Greystoke”.

Continue to Melong, known as the “coffee capital of Cameroon” and situated in an area that is covered with rich, volcanic soil. This hilly region is the territory of two powerful tribal groups – the Bamileke and the Bamoun. Their rich cultural heritage and chiefdom-based political systems still survive.

Stop at the town of Bandjoun, capital of the largest chiefdom in the Bamileke Kingdom. Here, discover great traditional architecture in the royal court, as well as unique beaded elephant masks.

Parade during Nguon, Foumban, Cameroon
Foumban, Cameroon

The Nguon Festival

Descend into this unique celebration, admiring some of the country’s finest masks and intense dances. With your local guide specialising in Bamoun culture, gain a unique insight into these elaborate rituals and celebrations.

The Nguon Festival is over 600 years old and celebrates the rich and vibrant Bamoun culture. It lasts for seven days, with each day heralding different dances, ceremonies and feasts. The celebrants fill the streets of Foumban, as the whole city is taken over by Nguon fever. Fantastic costumes and elaborate hats decorate the crowds, whilst musicians from nearby villages provide a soundtrack to the lively celebration.

Ba'ka people fishing, Cameroon

The Baka

The Baka are an ethnic group of hunter-gatherers who inhabit the rainforests of Central Africa. Renowned for their small stature, they are semi-nomadic, traditionally camping in the forest.

Whilst you are with them, gain an insight into how the forest provides for them. Join them on walks, foraging for food, barks, mushrooms and honey or see how a Baka hut is traditionally constructed from natural materials.

Experience the rich culture of the Baka, in the form of music, dancing and polyphonic singing. These performances often involve fire dances and can call upon the spirit of the forest, the “Ejengi”.

Beach bar view, Hotel Illomba, Kribi
Hotel Illomba, Kribi, Cameroon

Pongo Songo and the Coast

Continue west past German colonial towns, founded by missionaries, and take to the river by motorised pirogue, heading deep into this remote coastal region. On the Sanaga River, discover the Pongo Songo Primate Sanctuary, where rescued chimpanzees inhabit islands in the centre of the river.

Finish beside the beach in Kribi and have time to visit the nearby Batanga village of Lobe. Meet the chief, try some of the freshly fried fish and discover the beautiful Lobe Falls, which flow directly into the sea.

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation throughout
  • Accompanied by Joan Riera during your time in Cameroon
  • All transfers and transport throughout
  • Meal as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters

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For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 880 980

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