Global Hand Cameroon works to promote best practices and sustainable natural resource management for improved livelihoods and higher income through the transformation of hunters to guides or trackers, and the engagement of youths and communities in healthy, resilient tourism activities.
Toward that end, we offer a variety of guided tours in the Mount Cameroon area.
Guided Trekking Tours
Visitors can choose the towns of Buea or Limbe as their starting point for discovering Mt. Cameroon and peripheries. Most often, trekking to Mount Cameroon National Park starts from Buea. Buea is 65km and Limbe is 75km from the Douala airport (about a 1.5 hour drive). Limbe is situated on the coastline at the foot of Mount Cameroon, while Buea is located on the slopes of the mountain at 600-1100m. Please see Maps for reference.
Hiking Mount Cameroon: Trekking Equipment
Due to the stony and narrow trail immediately after leaving the forest, sturdy shoes are recommended. Visitors are advised to carry sun cream to prevent sunburns, especially at high elevations in the grassland/savanna and rocky portions of the mountain. It is also advisable to bring along a cap, scarf or hat and sunglasses. Hiking poles are useful when hiking on Mount Cameroon.
Overview of Tours
Normal: Buea — Upper Farms — Hut 1 (1800m) — Fako Mountain Lodge (2850m) [Overnight] — Summit (4095m) — Fako Mountain Lodge — Hut 1 — Buea. This is the well-known track (race track). The objective for everyone taking this trail is to make the summit and back to town.
Easy: Buea — Upper Farms — Hut 1 (1800m) — Fako Mountain Lodge (2850m) [Overnight] — Summit (4095m) — Fako Mountain Lodge [Overnight] — Buea. Visitors (especially people suffering from altitude sickness) have the opportunity to make a short walk with long rest and enjoy a second night in Fako Mountain Lodge, benefitting from a beautiful starry night sky, the view of the rising sun (6 am), and great views of Buea and the coastline.
Difficult: This trail introduces visitors to the mountain as they walk through the sub-montane and montane forest, acquiring information about plants and animals, experiencing the grassland, taking a pleasing moment at Mann’s Spring Lodge and back to Bokwango village, passing through the craters of the 1982 and 1999 eruptions.
Normal A: Buea — Upper Farms — Hut 1 (1865m) — Fako Mountain Lodge (2850m) [Overnight] — Hut 3 (3775m) — Summit (4095m) — Camp 2 — Camp 1 — Mann’s Spring Lodge (2400m) [Overnight] — Buea-Bokwango (950m). This is the most popular way to get an experience of the different landscapes of Mount Cameroon. On the second day, you experience a volcanic and kind of lunar landscape, unique to Mount Cameroon. Physically fit trekkers pass over the summit on the way to Mann’s Spring Lodge; others have the choice of an easier path that leads only up to 3300m.
NB: Some visitors may prefer to stay two nights at Mann’s Spring Lodge.
Normal B: Buea-Bokwango (850m) — Mann’s Spring Lodge (2444m) [Overnight] — Crater Lake (1850m) [Overnight] — Bakingili village.
Difficult A: Bonakanda (870m) — Antenna (2580m) — P&T Lodge (2340m) [Overnight] — Nitele Spring (1820m) — Elephant Opening (1585m) [Overnight] — Bomana (545m). This can also be made into a four-day trip, making it even more meaningful.
Difficult B: Buea — Upper Farms — Hut 1 — Fako Mountain Lodge (2850m) [Overnight] — Summit (4095m) — Camp 2 (3536m) — Mann’s Spring Lodge (2444m) [Overnight] — Crater Lake (1850m) [Overnight] — Drink Garry Camp — Bakingili village.
Difficult: Buea-Bokwango (850m) — Mann’s Spring Lodge (2444m) [Overnight] — Camp 2 (3536m) [Overnight] — Summit (4095m) — Elephant Opening (1585m) [Overnight] — P&T Lodge [Overnight] — Bonakanda-Buea.
Birdwatching tours for visitors range from one to several days on Mount Cameroon, or in the lowlands or highlands of the South West, North West or Littoral Regions of Cameroon.