MOUNT CAMEROON

MOUNT CAMEROON


This lovely volcanic mountain welcomes visitors immediately they arrive Buea. It stands majestically along the background of Buea Town. The Mountain spreads from Bomboko to Bakweri of Buea and down to the Limbe Beach. It is 4100 metres in height.

A visit to Mount Cameroon is always an exciting experience both in the rainy and dry seasons.

From the foot of the mountain to the summit and distantly to the valleys are romantic regions of varied scenery which invite discovery and exploration. Mount Cameroon itself is a restful and refreshing place. The peaceful indigenes here are the Bakweri who offer great hospitality to visitors. They are ruled by a paramount chief in the person of Chief SML Endeley.

With the scenic beauty, climbing mount Cameroon is enjoyable because of its great attractions. Mount Cameroon is an easy mountain to climb. There is no doubt that a tour of Mount Cameroon offers something to suit all tastes-rest, relaxation, and excitement.

Welcome to Mount Cameroon

Upper farms to Hut One
A tourist would enjoy seeing the old dairy prison department farm of Upper Farms Buea. Before entering the forest a glance behind allows you to see the scenery and settlement of Buea Town, which was the ancient colonial capital of the Germans while in Cameroon. As the visitor starts climbing the Mountain all around is the Mountain rain forest. Inside the forest you will be attracted by varieties of beautiful birds. An example of such beautiful birds, the Mount-Cameroon Frankcolin “KWAI” can only be seen on the slopes of the Cameroon Mountain and no where else in this world.

You may be lucky to come across monkeys of different colours if you randomly enter the interior of the forest. Like the red-eared monkey. This monkey has a red tail, a red spot on its nose and red tipped ears. Also chimpanzees which are very intelligent and closest to man in terms of behavioural pattern are also found in Mount Cameroon forest. In the Bakweri and Bomboko tradition chimpanzees are not hunted. The elephant “Njoku” is also found here, which is the largest animal in Mount Cameroon forest. It’s advisable to trek gently so as to enjoy your tour.

The indigenes of this Mountain the Bakweri farm basically coco-yams which you will notice are grown as you ascend. The distance from Upper Farms to Hut One is 785 metres.

Hut One

A cold flowing spring welcomes the visitor to Hut one. This spring could be used for a variety of purposes by the tourist. Here he or she could rest and take few snap shorts. You are now 1875 metres above sea level. Crossing the forest to the Savanna region would take a person 43 minutes. And along the road you will see dry valleys with trees very tall some of which are more than 20 metres high. After a long walk across a dry valley you will notice a distinct change of vegetation. From very tall trees to just ordinary grass.

Savanna zone

The savanna zone is of a steep and rocky gradient covered with grasses which are sometimes as high as 1.5 metres. It’s completely void of tall trees. The trees around here are scanty and short. Climbing up you will see the rain gauge and the famous lonely tree (Magic Tree). A distant sight-seeing will expose the eye to the very deep and long valleys. Also the presence of valleys and crests make movement in this area extremely difficult.

One the slope of Mt. Cameroon at around 2000m

 

Hut Two

This is 2860 metres above sea level. The scenery of the Fako Mountain is very visible here. The tourist will see the rocky undulations of valleys and crests. Just five minutes walk in front of Hut two you will find a big
blow-hole. A guarded tour takes one through huge Caverns. One high enough like a warehouse. Inside the caves you will find geological features like Stalagmites and Earth Pillars. The temperature at night is between 50C – 90C. You can pass the night here at Hut two and leave very early in the morning for Hut Three.

Hut Three

Along the track to Hut three, the trekking should be done gently as you will find some beautiful flowers, getting to this point is between 3740 metres high and temperature is between 40C – 20C. This is the last Hut up the mountain. Here it is advisable to rest for a short while so as to eat some food and drink water before continuing to the summit. This touristic scenery makes Hut three one of the most attractive sites given by the Almightily God to the South West province.

Summit


A walk form Hut three to the summit is particularly attractive. This is a part of untouched nature known for its fresh, clean air, blowing as you climb to the summit. Here the summit breeze helps you to forget your dull every day routine and all melancholic thoughts are dispelled. You will notice a short distance of level land and black fragments of sandy nature. This wonderful scenic region offers the tourist exceptional vegetation covered with grassy, tree-free terrain with patches of ramified 2 centimeter greenish plants. By the time you get to the summit the coldness and heavy breeze welcomes you to a new climatic world. To enjoy your two day tour to Mount Cameroon, come to Buea a day before and spend the night in our hotels.

Mount Cameroon is also known as Fako (the name of the higher of its two peaks) or by its native name Mongo ma Ndemi (“Mountain of Greatness”). It is part of the area of volcanic activity known as the Cameroon Volcanic Line, which also includes Lake Nyos,

MOUNT CAMEROON EARLY MORNING VEW

the site of the 1986 Lake Nyos tragedy. The most recent eruptions occurred on March 28, 1999 and May 28, 2000.

THE MORNING LOOK OF MOUNT CAMEROON

This will be a pleasure to climb: easy, temperate and with stunning views across Cameroon. Or an endless one step forward-two-steps-back scree climb through torrential rain to a fog shrouded summit. Either way it will be the easiest ascent as we have a long time off beforehand to prepare and to recover afterwards, so for once we will be able to allow a little wear and tear on the temple our bodies will have become….

SUN SET AT  MOUNT CAMEROON

SUNSET ON MOUNT CAMEROON

This also is the region of huge grasses which extend to 4000 feet above sea-level, where dwarfened growths take their places.

sun at mount cameroon

MOUNT CAMEROON ERUPTION

Mount Cameroon is one of Africa’s most active volcanoes. More than 100 cinder cones lie on the flanks of Mt Cameroon. Earthquake swarms are often associated with eruptions at the volcano.

Mt Cameroon is the only currently active volcano in a volcanic chain extending from Pagalu Island in the Atlantic Ocean to the volcanic plateaus of Biu in Nigeria and Ngaoundere in Cameroon. The volcano is the largest mountain in west Africa and one of the largest volcanoes in Africa.

The coast to the west of the mountain averages 10 metres of rain per year, making it one of the wettest places on earth. Mt Cameroon features in the folklore of the Bakwiri tribe who call it “Mongo ma Loba” (Mountain of Heaven).

MOUNT CAMEROON IN ACTION OF ERUPTION

Mount Cameroon is one of Africa’s most active volcanoes. More than 100 cinder cones lie on the flanks of Mt Cameroon. Earthquake swarms are often associated with eruptions at the volcano.

Mt Cameroon is the only currently active volcano in a volcanic chain extending from Pagalu Island in the Atlantic Ocean to the volcanic plateaus of Biu in Nigeria and Ngaoundere in Cameroon. The volcano is the largest mountain in west Africa and one of the largest volcanoes in Africa.

The coast to the west of the mountain averages 10 metres of rain per year, making it one of the wettest places on earth. Mt Cameroon features in the folklore of the Bakwiri tribe who call it “Mongo ma Loba” (Mountain of Heaven).

                                                        MOUNT CAMEROON CRATER AFTER ERUPTION

MOUNT CAMEROON AFTER ERUPTION

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One Response to MOUNT CAMEROON

  1. Fominka Prisco L. says:

    Nature, Ohh natural touristic views is really my heart desire….. Nature site seeing in Fako will always be interesting… I love it….

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