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Maria H

The other Africa.

The Bamenda environment has a very nice climate, warm in the daytime, cool in the evenings and the guesthouse gives you a real sense of home. There is enough room for children to play and the Cameroonian staff is always there tot watch out for them or to even entertain them.



I was in Bamenda for a week

I was in Bamenda for a week in late September, towards the end of the rainy season. I was there on a work assignment. The people are friendly (more so than in Douala, which is a large, sprawling port city) and generally speak some English. Bamenda, which is situated in a bowl, sprawls out over a signifcant area and one must be prepared to walk significant distances, take the local motorbike taxis (costing 100 CFA) or one of the many small share taxis (200 CFA).


Pacific Coast

A heavenly place in Bamenda

Hi, I lived in the Northwest province for three years. 99 percent of the people are some of the most hospitable I've met anywhere. In Bamenda most people you encounter will speak a pidgin free English (but it would be helpful for you to pick some of the pidgin up. The Ayaba Hotel is very nice with rooms for about thrity-five dollars a day. They do have internet access, and they are located near the Bamenda Handicraft Cooperative Society.



Weekend in Bamenda

Brett and our Cameroonian student friend Paul hatched a plan for a weekend in the Anglophone region of Cameroon, north of Yaounde. It will be good for us to get away, they reasoned, to see some of the rest of the country. And they were right. We had a wonderful Sunday in Bamenda and environs.



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.

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