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Birdwatching in Cameroon

Cameroon with more than 900 bird species in 76 families, 7 endemic and 20 specialty species, is not well known for birding, even if it is the richest West African country for birdwatching.
Part of the lower Guinea Endemic Bird Area (EBA) with six bird species found nowhere else in the world, and Cameroon's highly diverse habitat with lowland tropical rainforest, mangrove swamps and beaches to the south and west combined with Pro-Sahelian savanna in the northern provinces, makes it a birdwatchers paradise.
Of the endemics the Red-headed Picathartes or Grey-necked Rockfowl is the most famous, and well worth the trek into Korup National Park to visit the Picathartes Knoll, where the birds come into roost every night.

"Kribe and the Atlantic Ocean"

With help from Birdlife International, who trained many local rangers related to conservation projects in the Kilum Ijim Mountain, Mount Cameroon and the many national parks like Korup, Waza and Benoue to name a few, has been important in protecting the unique wildlife still existing in Cameroon.
Except for the rainy season in the south one can bird year round in Cameroon, with March/April being the most productive time.


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Read Pieter and Nicola Vrey's Trip Reports from Cameroon

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Tour I

NORTHERN PART OF CAMEROON - 13 days/12 nights

Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrival at the Douala International airport, reception and transfer to hotel, brief description of Cameroon, proper explanation of tour by guide.
Dinner and night at the Foyer du Marine Hotel.

"Ngaoundaba Ranch"

Day 2.
Early wake up, birding on the mud flats at the Douala port, breakfast and drive to Yaounde by road to get an evening train for Ngaoundere. Along the Douala-Yaounde road, we make stops at river Sanaga in Edea where we will do some birding. Expectations are Preuss's Cliff Swallows, Black Kites, Senegalis Kingfisher, Weavers and Grey Pratincole to name a few. We get to Yaounde in four hours and book an overnight train, where we will have beddings provided, but we take along our own food and drinks onboard.
Day 3 and 4.
We arrive in Ngaoundere, have lunch and transfer to the Ngaoundaba Ranch for two nights. The ranch is an old hunting lodge situated besides a dormant volcano overlooking a Crater Lake. We will bird in marsh land, open lake, woodland and gallery forest. In all these habitats, we will expect to see the following; Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, Purple Glossy Starling, Western Grey Plantain-Eater, Marsh Tchagra, Blue-Breasted Kingfisher, Dybowski's, Brown Twin-Spots, Schlegel's Francolin, Brown-Chested Lapwing, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Black-Capped Babbler, Ross's Turaco, Grey-Winged Robin Chat, Puvells Illadopsis and many more. All the birding will be around the ranch property on foot and will require some moderate hiking and climing. We will also do some night birding around the lodge.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Ngaoundaba Range Lodge.
Day 5.
Early wake up and breakfast in Ngaoundere and continue for a long drive to Maroua. We will bird on the way stopping at Lake Dang.
Dinner and overnight at Relaise Porte Mayo.

"Campement de Waza"

Day 6 and 7.
We start with an early morning breakfast and continue north to the Waza National Park, where we will spend two nights. On the way we will expect to see Rock Loving Cisticula, White Crown Cliff Chat, Red-tailed Lavender Waxbill, African Swallow-tailed Kites and others. Arriving at the Campement we will have lunch and then bird late afternoon in the Park. While in the Waza National Park we will see Short-toed Snake Eagle, Hoopoe, Abyssinian Roller, Helmeted Guineafowl, Bateleur, Wooly-Necked Stork, Namaqua Dove, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Little Green Bee-eater, Black Scrub Robin, Viellot's Barbet, Black-crowned Crane, River Prinia, Sahel Paradise Whydah and many more. The next day, we leave early for birding the Park where a park ranger will join us. We will be using the car to travel into the park and there is also a very good posibility to see large mamals.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Campement de Waza.

"Benoue NP Campement de Buffle Noir"

Day 8 and 9.
Early morning birding around the Campement and drive to the Benoue National Park making stops for birding on the way. We expect to see Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Senegal Parrot, Long-tailed Glossy Starling, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Black-bellied Fire Finch, Bustard and many others. We will stay at the Campement in Benoue Park, which is surounded by a Miombo-like forest. Here we will expect to see the Adamawa Turtle Dove, White-Crested and Violet Turaco, Egyptian Plover, Spur-Winged Lapwing, African Wattled Lapwing, Grasshopper Buzzard, Emins Shrike and others. After arrival we will drive and bird on the way to the Hippo pond on Benoue River. The next day we bird the road sides to the Campement with the posibility of walking into the park with an armed ranger since you will find large mamals here.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Campement de Buffle Noir.

"Mandare Mountains on the way to Maroua."

Day 10.
We will bird the shores of the Benoue River early before breakfast and departure to Ngaoundere and the overnight train to Yaoundé.
Day 11 and 12.
Arriving in Yaounde late morning and will drive to Kribi and bird on the way. After breakfast the next day we bird around Kribi and return to the hotel early afternoon to relax by the ocean.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Residence Jully hotel.
Day 13.
Early breakfast and drive to Douala birding on the way. In Douala we will bird the mud flats behind Foyer du Marine, do some shopping and farewell dinner before escort you to the Douala International Airport for your return flight.

Note: This tour can be extended to cover the South West and Bamenda Highline Region of Cameroon. Contact us for further details.

13 Day tour price is: 2 pax 1.771.000FRS per person. 4 pax 1.555.000FRS per person.
Single supplement: 116.000FRS


Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

Convert your tour cost into your currency of choice.

Included:
Vehicle (4wheel - A/C optional), driver, train fare, entrance, porters and guide fees, all meals, water, hotels and camping.
Excluded:
International flight, other drinks, photo camera/video, tips at birders discretion, airport departure tax.


Tour II
SOUTH WEST & BAMENDA HIGHLANDS REGION - 13 days/12 nights


Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrival at the Douala International airport, reception and transfer to hotel, brief description of Cameroon, proper explanation of tour by guide.
Dinner and night at the Foyer du Marine Hotel.

"Mount Cameroon. Tamas Nemes."

Day 2.
Early wake up, birding on the mud flats in Douala (if possible by boat for about 4hours). After lunch we drive to Buea at the foot of Mount Cameroon birding on the way.
Dinner and overnight at OIC Pavillion.

"Fire-crowned Bishop Robert Horvath."

Day 3.
Early wake up to go birding for the whole day on Mount Cameroon. We will climb about 2500m often on rough trails and return around 16.00 and drive to Kumba.
Expected to see African Grey Parrots, Mount Cameroon Francolin, Yellow-billed Turaco, Fernandopo Olive-back, Mount Cameroon Speirops, Yellow-breasted Boubou, Mountain Robin Chat, Mountain Saw-wing, Western Mountain Greenbul and others.
Dinner and overnight at Elongo Gardens Hotel.

"Barombi Mbo Lake."

Day 4.
Early wake up to bird Barombi Mbo Lake and return for breakfast before continuation to Mundemba (note: The drive will be long, the roads very rough and dusty).
We shall get to Mundemba by evening, have dinner and overnight in Boseme Inn.

"Northern Double-collared Sunbird"

Day 5.
After early breakfast we drive to the Mana foot bridge, where we will do some birding and continue to the Rengo camp (Be prepared for a long distance forest walk (8km) in hot and humid conditions. Expected to see African Grey Parrot, Rock Pratincole, Hadada Ibisis, Grey Heron, Great Blue Turaco, Green Hylia, Ictering Greenbul, Brown Illadopsis, Blue Cuckoo Shrike, Brown Chested Allethe, Red Bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Western Black-Headed Oriole, Yellow Bellied Wattle-eye, Shinning Drongo, Black Casqued Hornbill, Yellow Throated Tinker Bird, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush and many more. After lunch and a rest we will visit the Picathartes knoll to see the endemic Red-headed Picathartes return to their roost.
This is a basic camp with no electricity and you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Meals will be simple and prepared by the local guide and porters.
To make sure you see the Rock Fowl you may consider adding an extra day here. Contact us for details
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at camp.

"Hanging bridge to Korup NP."

Day 6.
Early wake-up and breakfast. We will bird on the return track to the bridge and arrive by noon, where a stand-by vehicle will take us to Nyassoso. Be prepared for a very long and rough drive.
Dinner and overnight in the Women's Centre.
Day 7.
Early breakfast before we start climing Mount Kupe for a whole day of birding returning late afternoon. Be prepared for rough and steep trails. Expected to see; Naked-faced Barbet, Spotted Greenbul, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Brown-Crowned Eremomela, White-spotted Flufftail, Emerald Cuckoo, Black-throated Apalis, African Harrier Hawk, Red-eyed Puffback, Yellow Longbill, Red-necked Buzzard, Mount Kupe Bush Shrike, Purple-throated Cuckoo-Shrike, Grey Parrot, Yellow-breasted Boubou, Grey-headed Broadbill, Bar-Tailed Trogon and many more. We will do some night birding looking for Owls and Nightjars.
Dinner and overnight in the Women's Centre.
Day 8.
Early breakfast and drive to the Bakossi Mountain in the village of Kodmin or Lake Edip where we will bird all day and return at dusk. Expected to see; Naked-faced Barbet, Spotted Greenbul, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Brown-crowned Eremomela, White-Spotted Flufftail, Emerald Cuckoo, Black-throated Apalis, African Harrier Hawk, Red-eyed Puffback, Yellow Longbill, Red-necked Buzzard, Mount Kupe Bush Shrike, Purple-throated Cuckoo-Shrike, Grey Parrot, Yellow-breasted Boubou, Grey-headed Broadbill, Bar-tailed Trogon and many more.
Dinner and overnight in the Women's Centre.
Day 9.
Early breakfast and drive to Bamenda while birding on the way
Dinner and overnight at Ayaba Hotel.

"Speckled Mousebird."

Day 10.
Early breakfast and drive to Big Babanki(3 hours hiking) or Nguemba Forest Reserve in Bafut.
Expect: Banded Wattle-eye, Bamenda Apalis, Bannerman's Turaco and Weaver, Batea's Weaver, Oriole Finch, Bangwa Forest Warbler, Mountain Boubou, Africa Green Pigeon, Yellow Bishop, Cameroon Mountain Greenbul, Chestnut-winged Starling, Petita's Saw-wing, Short-toed Eagle, Cassin's Hawk-Eagle, Red-Necked Buzzard, Brown-backed cisticula and many more. We will do some night birding looking for Owls and Nightjars.
Dinner and overnight at Ayaba Hotel.

"Bannerman's Turaco"

Day 11.
After an early breakfast we drive to Awing do some birding around the lake. After lunch we continue to Limbe via Dschang and Santcho birding on the way.
Dinner and overnight at Miramare Hotel.
Day 12.
Early wake up to bird the Limbe Botanic Garden and after breakfast we will visit the Wildlife Centre. In the afternoon, we visit the 1999 lava flow at Bakingili and birdthe beach returning at dusk. Evening birding at Down Beach, dinner at the Fish Market.
Expect: Western Blue-bill, Giant Kingfisher, Long-tailed Cormorant, Carmelite Sunbird, Palm-nut Vulture, Violet-tailed Sunbird, Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Green Turaco, Western Reef Egret, African Grey Parrot and more.
Dinner and overnight at Miramare Hotel.
Day 13.
Bird early morning in the Botanical Garden and after lunch we drive to Douala birding on the way. In Douala we will bird the mud flats behind Foyer du Marine, do some shopping and farewell dinner before escort you to the Douala International Airport for your return flight.


13 Day tour price is: 2 pax 1.671.000FRS per person. 4 pax 1.514.000FRS per person.
Single supplement: 116.000FRS


Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

Convert your tour cost into your currency of choice.

Included:
Vehicle (4wheel - A/C optional), driver, train fare, entrance, porters and guide fees, all meals, water, hotels and camping.
Excluded:
International flight, other drinks, photo camera/video, tips at birders discretion, airport departure tax.

Notes:
The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
All the date of itineraries include arrival and departure dates.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
Minimum lead time 2 month.
To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out “Request for Quote” form with desirable dates.
Birding season
Jan-Feb - Good birding
Mar-April - Exelent birding
May-June - Average birding
Jul-August - Poor birding
Sep-Oct - Average birding
Now-Dec - Good birding
Fitness:
Birders should bear in mind that getting to some of these sites needs a lot of trekking in hot and humid conditions and often on rough trails asenting or desenting mountains. You should be fit to walk several kilometers per day, bring rain gears, boots, warm cloths (especially in the rainy season and light cloths in the dry season).
Equipment: Binoculars, scopes and mosquito nets are needed.


Should you only need a guide for a day please contact Benji.   

Birding guide Benjamin Jayin Jomi, your local Birdingpal guide
Benjamin was trained as a nature interpreter at the Limbe Botanic Garden year 2000, as a professional guide on Mount Cameroon by the Mount Cameroon Ecoturism Organization year 2000 and 2003. University of Buea, as a professional birding guide at the Mount Cameroon region and beyond sponsored by the World Tourism Organization, Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society and other organizations year 2006 and recognized by the Ministry of Tourism as a Regional guide.
Presently, Benji organizes birding tours for visiting birders and assist researchers in the field, and will plan and execute complete tours to all the birding sites in Cameroon including the National Parks.
Benji speaks English and French.


Testimonials.

I traveled through Cameroon with my friends, a group of five from Hungary, in November 2005. After a visit to the Eastern region we returned to Yaoundé and headed to the West: Douala and on to Limbe. We met Benji (Benjamin Jayin Jomi) at the reception of the Limbe Botanic Garden. We wanted to visit Mt Etinde, Mt Cameroon, the Korup forest and Mt Kupe and Benji gave us a rough calculation of all expenses (transport, accommodation, porters, entrance fees) as one package. The prices were reasonable so we agreed and spent the next two weeks together with Benji in a very rich programme.
The next morning we started off for Mt Etinde and climbed it in one day. Then we spent four days on Mt Cameroon, taking the "standard" route from Buea to the summit and descend to Bokwango. After some rest at Limbe we went to the Korup and spend three days there, then after a one-night stop in Kumba (Barombi-Mbo crater lake) we finally made a trip to Mt Kupe (two nights) and back to Limbe. We saw countless species of birds (including Turacos), flowers, animals like monkeys, chameleon etc.
Benji had arranged for everything we needed for the trip: a Toyota van so that each of us had a seat, accommodation in hotels and lodges, tents for Mt Cameroon, food, porters, guides, everything. Benji has good local knowledge for Mt Etinde and Mt Cameroon. He knows many birds and plants. He was supportive for whatever we came up with. For example, he helped us save a young crocodile we bought on the road from a poacher - the riverside villagers did not like the idea but Benji helped us smuggling the crocodile back into the river.
Benji has a very good personality: calm, reliable, decisive, friendly and caring but not pushy, all of these with a dignity. I recommend contacting Benji to everyone who plans to visit Cameroon South-West.
Tamas Nemes, Hungary tamas_nemes(AT)hotmail.com
Benji Jomi guided me for a 23 day birdwatching trip to Cameroon in Nov/Dec 2008. Benji coordinated and managed the entire trip for me, and I can recommend him as a reliable and competent guide, which one surely need to travel a country as diverse as Cameroon.
Knud Rasmussen, Toronto, Canada krkr(AT)sympatico.ca




Some facts about Cameroon.

Cameroon, from the River of prawns a Rio Dos Camaroesa, given by the Portuguese is situated at the end of the Gulf of Guinea with a triangular shape, found in the heart of Africa around the equator and stretches form lake Chad basin with surface area: 475442km2.
It is bounded by the following countries; Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to the South, Republic of Congo to the South East, Central African Republic to the East, Chad to the North and North East and Nigeria to the West and North West.
Cameroon because of her rich human and natural resources is considered a Africa in miniature and the hottest spot in Africa in terms of biodiversity, thus the reason why tourists visit during both seasons. For the Equatorial climate that dominates the south plateau of the country brings out the rich lushness of the evergreen vegetation and the Sahel region that covers the Northern part of the country.
Cameroon's highlands range from Mount Cameroon (4095m), Mount Bambotos (2740m), Mount Manenguba (2050m), the Mandara and the Bamenda high lands with active volcanoes like Mount Cameroon. The coastal region also has the mangroves that are a unique ecosystem that runs from the bight of Biafra through Tiko to Campo.
The forest and national parks with varieties of rare and endangered species of animals, birds, butterflies and inserts also makes her to be considered a biodiversity hot spot.
Cameroon's hospitality, rich culture, favorable climate and the natural resources makes her an ideal destination for tourists.
Cameroon has two official languages, ENGLISH & FRENCH, with ten (10) Provinces, (58) Divisions, (269) sub-divisions and (53) districts.
The currency is the FRANCS (CFA), political capital is Yaounda, the flag is Green, red and yellow with a golden star on the red strip in the middle. Her Motto is; Peace-Work-Fatherland and the National anthem: O Cameroon thou cradle of our Fathers.

More facts about Cameroon.

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

Birds of Western Africa by Nik Borrow and Ron Demey.

Find lowest prices here

Bird Recordings from Cameroon

The Bird Songs by Chappius.

www.wildsounds.com

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