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Africa » Cameroon » West » Bamenda December 29th 2008

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Africa » Cameroon May 22nd 2008

The Republic of Cameroon, located in the heart of Africa at the cross points of West and Central Africa, is full of mystery, tales, and stories. Cameroon is one of the oldest countries in Africa. The creation of what is now Cameroon remounts to 8000 BC and was considered as a meeting point of cultures, ethnic groups and peoples. The country is blessed with miles of cost line, beautiful beaches and gorgeous mountains and picks, rain forest and waterfalls, and wildlife and savannas. Modern day Cameroon started in 1472 with the arrival of the slave traders and colonial masters known as the Portuguese explorers. Their boats took them to the top of the Wouri River which they named Rio dos Camaroes, hence giving the country its actual name. Travel in West Africa is an enormous challenge ... read more
Central station Yaounde
Le Car
... by car

Africa » Cameroon February 25th 2008

New things I now eat: I love pickles. Once I loved pickles the way I love ice cream. I am becoming tolerant and even care for eggplant (small pieces) and I do like green olives! My host father is very happy that I can eat cooked apples and not ones that grow from the tree. I love food. I thought I loved dark chocolate, and I do, I just don't like REALLY dark chocolate because it tastes not good. Today, Tuesday, I do not have class until 3:25pm. This is quite nice because I usually get to have a relaxing awakening and then decide what to do for the first part of the day. Today, I awoke at 10:00am, and decided to clean or "uklízet". I began by organizing my room and removing my suitcase and ... read more
My new purple and yellow shoes!
Franciscian Garden.
Who are you!

Africa » Cameroon » South » Kribi February 13th 2008

On the night of the semis of the Africa Cup between Cameroon and Ghana, me, Audrey, Brian, John, Dave and Cam went to town to see the match on the big screen, it was very lively, crowds dancing and cheering, I have never experienced this kind of excitement watching on big screen TV, the crowd welcomed us, urging us to join in and Brian did his girlie dance to Cam's amusement. Eventually Cameroon won and will play Egypt in the finals. There was a commotion early on as a Ghana fan almost got beaten up on the bleachers just above where John is sitting, got worried for a bit as we dont know how rowdy the fans would become, anyway the fan escaped without harm. Dancing and cheering with the locals we made our way back ... read more
KRIBI
YAOUNDE
KRIBI

Africa » Cameroon » South » Yaoundé February 8th 2008

Have to cross a bridge to get to Cameroon and soon as we entered we were in for a long arduous drive as potholes are everywhere on the dirt track, the only consolation is it is through dense forest, lots of tree and we saw some wildlife as well, monkeys and hornbills among others. A few small villages we passed through kids yelling out White, white, white or white people at the truck and waves at us enthusiastically. We stopped at a small town to buy food for lunch hardly anything, Our group is cooking tonite but we have to do truck lunch meaning whatever we have in the truck, tins and what not we made sheperds pie or a variation of it, Jo was not well so Dave and I did the cooking, apparently turned ... read more
YAOUNDE
WATERFALLS
DIRT ROADS AND DENSE RAINFOREST

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Africa » Cameroon » West » Bamenda January 12th 2008

On the Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi to Cameroon, I had the bizarre and probably once-in-a-lifetime experience of disappointment that I would only be on the plane for 4 hours. While in the air I could savour the thrill of embarking on the final West African leg of the trip- after about 10 months zig-zagging Africa, we were pointing the bike towards Europe- but once we touched down, reality would hit heavily as we tried to get the bike out of Customs and put back together (assuming the bike was actually on the flight, which we were not sure of). Eventually the descent into Douala was announced, the air hostesses stopped serving us drinks, and our plane skimmed low over some flooded, verdant fields and at the last moment cleared the lagoons to land on the ... read more
West African lizard
Bea's family
Christmas lunch Cameroon style

Africa » Cameroon » West » Limbe December 27th 2007

After several hours at the Nigerian side of the border trying to exit that country, we ended up spending the night at the Cameroon border post as we were already hitting night fall by the time entry was being sorted out. This is the real disadvantage to group travel, because border crossings take 10 times longer when you're trying to get 20 people and a large truck across. Christmas day was one to remember. We drove a total of 36km in 8 hours, the roads were that bad. This, after several locals and police men had told us the roads were very good. In fact, they were good because they were dry. During the wet season our truck would not have had a chance at getting through. We made it the rest of the way to ... read more
And the roads get better...
Stressed out driver
Bad roads 1

Africa » Cameroon » West » Douala December 25th 2007

Leaving Oslo The buzzer went of at 04:15, as programmed, and up we went. It was cold, -11 centigrade, and Anja didnt want to leave the warm cosy bed, but I managed to kick here out of it. We hurried to the airport with all our luggage. It looked like we were going on a major expedition, as we had no less than 14 kollis. The girl at the checkin counter made huge eyes, but went along with it, and sent us off, despite us beeing a little bit over the limit. Security wasn't to bad at this early hour, but there were thousands of people in the departing area, as a lot of charter flights where leaving at the same time as us. 10 minutes prior to boarding, my brother decided he needed some cash, ... read more
Dining at Mediterranee

Africa » Cameroon » West » Mount Cameroon December 21st 2007

"It's all part of the trip" people say about breaking down.......but why did it have to be in the middle of a two day jungle crossing between Cameroon and Nigeria?....... Flying into Douala on the west coast of Cameroon reminded me of the Apocalypse Now movie - the wooded and thatch huts surrounded by flooded jungle and a dense thick humid air. Not really the type of scene that wants to make you leap out of the plane and jump straight down the throats of bribing French speaking customs officials, but it was going to have to be that way. One of the initial things I noticed about being in West Africa for the first time was that people were more traditionally dressed than what I had seen in East Africa and that their dress was ... read more
Flight preparations Take II
Flight preparations Take III
Flight preparations Take IV

Africa » Cameroon » South » Yaoundé December 16th 2007

Leaving Douala The day started early, at 06:00, since the bus to Yaoundé, the capital, was leaving at 07:00. My brother went to Zépol, a sort of bakery where they have all sorts of croissants, pizzas and other edibles. There are several express services between Douala and Yaounde, and they do a non stop trip. This offers extra security for your luggage, since they do not open the lower compartments before arrival in Yaoundé. The busses are quite comfy, with airconditioning. We had chosen "LeCar" for this particular voyage. The ticket was 6000FCFA. After arguing with the loaders as to how much extra we should pay for the luggage, we boarded and off we went. The trip takes around 3 hours, at break-neck speed. You will no doubt see some spectacular overtakes and driving. They are ... read more




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