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"If you can swing, and you are..." Cameroon Off The Beaten Path Tip by Nsara

Cameroon Off The Beaten Path: 33 reviews and 58 photos

If you can swing, and you are adventurous and patient enough head for the Monts Alantikas on the border of Nigeria. Not only are they are beautiful in the Sahel landscape, but no visits them. It is a completely different world out there, in this region of Cameroon and Nigeria, it is possible to see people who have had little contact with westerners. The people are extremely kind, and just as interested in you, as you are interested in them. However there have been some Anthropologists who have done some work in the region, and unfortunately they have also paid very large prices for guides. If you choose to hire a guide, which is highly recommended, whatever the price that your guide may suggest, subtract 20,000 CFA or about 200 Naira. Since you are so close to Nigeria, Naira is also the preferred monetary unit. While out in that direction visit the Reserve de Faro, one of Cameroun's newest nature reserves, no one goes there, it is pristine Sahel. In order to get to these places, take a taxi en brousse, north of N'gaoundere towards Garoua. After passing the turn off for Parc de Benoue, the next town will have a wide turn off of gravel towards Poli. This is where you want to turn, Carrefour Poli. Next head for Poli, the last town before the Nigerian border, last chance for cheap supplies. Keep in mind there is nothing after Poli, bring food and water. From Poli the next towns are Finyole, Tchamba, the Ranger station for Reserve du Faro. Finally the end of the road is Ouangay, right at the foot of the Mont Alantika right across the border from Nigeria. You will know you are in Ouangay when you view a large rock formation sticking straight out of the mountains this the Aigou de Septou. Whatever you do, take a left at Finyole, do not go straigt. By going straight you will wind up directly across the Faro River from Tchamba, but there is no bridge. While the Faro might look like a mere trickle in the dry season, do not try to cross it. From a personal experience, I have been a trunk that sunk in the Faro. If it were not for 20 villagers we would not have escaped the river with our truck. By taking a left a Finyole you will wind up at the official border for Cameroun and a bridge which crosses the Faro and bypasses Tchamba. There is a catholic mission at Finyole if you require someplace to stay. If you have any further questions contact the Lamido in Poli, he is a very nice guy.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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