Kids swinging on vine, Cameroon

Nguon Festival and Baka Communities

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Explore this remarkable and diverse country. Spend time at the heart of one of Africa’s last feudal kingdoms, experiencing the centuries-old Nguon Festival. Head deep into the forest to meet Baka hunter-gathers, before experiencing Cameroonian beach life at Kribi.

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.

Boats on beach, Kribi, Cameroon 4

Cameroon's Coast

Have time to relax on the white sand beaches on the Gulf of Guinea.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Douala

  • Day 2

    Douala - Melong

  • Day 3

    Melong - Foumban

  • Days 4-5

    Foumban

  • Day 6

    Foumban - Yaounde

  • Day 7

    Yaounde - The Baka

  • Day 8

    The Baka

  • Day 9

    The Baka - Yaounde

  • Day 10

    Yaounde - Kribi

  • Day 11

    Kribi

  • Day 12

    Kribi - Douala

Day 1

Douala

Day 2

Douala - Melong

Drive to the Western Cameroonian Highlands and visit the spectacular Ekom Nkam Waterfalls. After the visit, continue to Melong, Cameroon’s coffee capital (if times permits, we will visit a coffee plantation) and Mbouroukou, situated at the foot of Manengouba mountains at 1.300 mts.

Day 3

Melong - Foumban

Explore the Western Cameroonian Highlands to learn about the region’s interesting ethnic diversity and the prevailing political system of chiefdoms. This evening you will arrive in Foumban and get your first taste of the Nguon Festival.

Days 4-5

Foumban

Spend two days immersed in a unique ceremony that brings together Old Africa with Contemporary Africa. See some of Cameroon’s finest masks and fetishes in intense dances and people making business through their modern iPhones. Thanks to our local guide’s knowledge, you will explore the different sections of the Nguon and photograph the lesser known aspects of the festivity.

Day 6

Foumban - Yaounde

Stop at the Kingdom of Bandjoun Bamileke enroute to Yaounde.

Day 7

Yaounde - The Baka

A long drive of six hours across very rough road and a walk of approx. one hour into the forest home of the Baka people. Initial interactions will need to be without a camera with time spent getting to know your hosts thanks to the help of a local interpreter.

Day 8

The Baka

An exceptional day spent shadowing the Baka people, hunting food, collecting plants and playing with the local children.

Day 9

The Baka - Yaounde

Day 10

Yaounde - Kribi

Stop at Edea, a former German colonial town on the banks of the Sanaga River and visit the church and German cemetery of the small village of Mariemberg. Drive towards the border with Equatorial Guinea and stop at Kribi for great seafood and relaxation.

Day 11

Kribi

Visit the small Batanga fishing community of Lobe.

Day 12

Kribi - Douala

Morning to relax on the beach in Kribi before driving to Douala, a journey of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Our Cameroon adventure ends in Douala…

Water fall in Cameroon
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
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

Cameroon's Coast

Continue west past German colonial towns and finish your west African adventure beside the beach in Kribi. You will 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.

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Single Supplement

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Flexibility

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 local English speaking guide during your time in Cameroon
  • All transfers and transport throughout
  • Meal as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Carbon offset of international flights based on travelling in economy class
  • Donation to Steppes Fund For Change
  • Accompanied by one of Steppes Travel's team

What is excluded

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

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