Bamenda itself was a good place to rest
I read in Lonely planet that there was a route called the ring road that takes us through the north western highlands better known as the grass fields. To get there the closest town would be Bamenda which sits over 1000m altitude. The drive to Bamenda from Mamfe was absolutely chilled and peaceful on fairly good tarred roads but maybe because it was Good Friday or maybe this is just Cameroun but driving here after Nigeria was just a breath of lovely fresh air!
Bamenda itself was a good place to rest we found the Baptist Mission Rest house (4000 CFA or £5), which had lovely views overlooking the town and it was a relaxing place to sleep. We also found a nice restaurant closeby called the exclusive diner where we were made some lovely French Cameroonian dishes for a reasonable price.
The ring road we read was around 350km, ‘we’ll do it in a day’ Reka and I both thought, so we set off after breakfast on a Saturday and for the nest 3 days not only did we have to drive some very steep and difficult roads but I saw some of the most amazing scenery along the way (plus encountered thousands of cows herded by Fula Farmers!).
During the drive through the ring road we had to enter the Kimbi reserve which a few years ago would have been a nice place to see some wildlife, unfortunately the wildlife were missing (no fences!) when we went through here but the roads itself was a lovely off road experience especially with a little boy on top of Maggie as we gave him a lift, I’m sure he had fun rocking all over the place.
After a few days of some amazing driving, sometimes a little scary I have to admit due to the steepness of some of the roads we had arrived back in Bamenda, I really advise anyone driving through Cameroun to experience this circuit for yourself as you will not be disappointed.