End of the final travel in Cameroon. After three days in Foumban, we are on our way: crossing the Foumban-Jakiri trail, spending a night in Bamessing (a craft industry village). We will then go to the Bafut Chefferie, still really anchored in its traditions, Dschang, the most important city of storekeepers in the West, with an amazing African market, and finally the Ekom Nkam falls, a splendid place for our last discovery.
A long episode, but sadly, it will be the last one of this journal.
Day 1 The Foumban-Jakiri trail
This morning, I’m driving! 70 miles of dust trail. Sometimes this trail looks like road, sometimes we have to cross bridges made of poor wood planks… Good memories, here are some pictures taken on the road.
We arrive in Bamessing at the beginning of the afternoon. Beautiful place, nice home where we’ll spend the night, in the middle of a green little valley.
Day 2 The Bafut Chefferie
We leave Bamessing in the morning.
The Bafut are an ethnic group in Cameroon, descendants of the Tikar, and so are the Bamoun. They have a well-defined culture, some disturbing rituals, a magnificent temple in the city, a secret society… a lot of things to see and to discover.
After a flat tire and an express repair in Bafut, for 1 000 FCFA (1,5 €, twice the price you pay in Douala, but you know, “white folks in the country” ), we leave to Bamenda.
Day 3 The Ekom Nkam falls
Not far from Nkongsamba, the Ekom Nkam falls, one of the most beautiful place in Cameroon.
There is no ordinary forest here, but a primary one. Virgin, meaning original, that has never been touched by Humans.