Birding Tour Cameroon: 26-day Complete North and South April 2020

Tour Details

Duration: 26 days
Group Size: 4 – 6
Date Start: April 09, 2020
Date End: May 04, 2020
Tour Start: Douala
Tour End: Douala

Tour Costs

Price: US$11,054 / £8,456 / € 9,401 per person sharing if 6 participants,
US$12,509 / £9,569 / € 10,639 per person if only 4 participants.

Single Supplement: US$2,105 / £1,610 / €1,790

* Please note that currency conversion is calculated in real-time, therefore is subject to slight change. Please refer back to the base price when finalising payments.

Price includes:
All accommodation
All meals
Guiding fees
Entry fees

Price excludes:
All flights
Personal insurance
Alcoholic beverages
Gratuities
Laundry service
Personal expenses such as gifts

Featured Guide

Wian van Zyl
Wian van Zyl

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Cameroon: 26-day Complete North and South 2020

With towering peaks, rolling hills, dry Sahel habitat and primary forest, Cameroon is awash with some of Africa’s most sought-after regional endemics. The Cameroon Highlands is one of Africa’s most endemic-rich areas, and we visit three of these amazing peaks, some still active volcanoes. Red-headed Picathartes, a skulking forest species with only one other member in its family, is endemic to this area’s lowland forest. This is one of the few places you can pick up all three species of African trogonsBannerman’s Turaco, one of the most range-restricted turacos in Africa, can be found in the Bamenda Highlands. With Quail-PloverEgyptian Plover, and Golden Nightjar, all possible in the dry north, there are opportunities to see a wide range of some of Africa’s most desired birds.
Cameroon is a third world country, and top accommodations are not always available; some accommodations are fairly basic. There are also a few nights of camping in Korup National Park. There is some hiking in the mountains and through the forest to our camp in Korup, but the birds we’ll see along the way are very rewarding.

 

Itinerary (26 Days/25 nights):

Day 1. Arrival in Douala

Arrival at the Douala International Airport, reception and transfer to your hotel. We’ll get dinner and brief you about the upcoming trip and then get rested up.

Overnight: Foyer du Marin, Douala

 Days 2 – 4. Douala to the plateau of Adamawa

We’ll fly from Douala to Garoua and drive to Ngaoundaba Ranch for three nights. We’ll have a chance to do some birding around the lodge in the afternoon to look for the more common birds. 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 hope to see Marsh TchagraBlue-breasted KingfisherDybowski’s and Brown TwinspotsSchlegel’s FrancolinBrown-chested LapwingWestern Violet-backed SunbirdBlack-capped BabblerRoss’s TuracoGrey-Winged Robin-ChatPuvel’s Illadopsis, and many more.

Overnight: Auberge du Ranch of Ngaoundaba, Ngaoundere

Days 5 – 6. Birding in Bénoué National Park

We drive to Bénoué National Park while birding in the savanna woodland along the way. We hope to see Lesser Blue-eared StarlingSenegal ParrotBlack-bellied Firefinch,and many others. At Bénoué our accommodations are enclosed by a Miombo-like forest. Here we will expect to see Adamawa Turtle DoveWhite-Crested and Violet TuracosEgyptian PloverWhite-throated FrancolinGrasshopper BuzzardEmin’s Shrike, and others.

Overnight: Campement de Buffle Noir, Bénoué National Park

Days 7 – 9. Birding in Waza National Park

After early morning birding we will have breakfast and continue up north to Waza National Park, where we will spend two nights. On the way we hope to see Rock-loving CisticolaWhite-crowned Cliff ChatRed-tailed and Lavender WaxbillsScissor-tailed Kite, and others. While in Waza National Park the possibilities are Chestnut-belliedand Four-banded SandgrouseBeaudouin’s Snake EagleGreen Bee-eaterBlack Scrub RobinVieillot’s BarbetBlack Crowned CraneRiver PriniaSahel Paradise Whydah, and many more. A night drive may yield Northern White-faced Owl and Long-tailed and Standard-winged Nightjars, among others. In the afternoon of Day 9 we will drive to Maroua for the night.

Overnight 2 nights: Campement de Waza, Waza National Park

Overnight 1 night: Maroua

Day 10. Travel Day

We’ll have an early breakfast and will depart from Maroua to Ngaoundere for an overnight train to Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital.

Overnight: Overnight train

Day 11. Travel Day

We’ll arrive in Yaoundé and continue to Bamenda.

Overnight: Mondial Hotel, Bamenda

Day 12. Birding Mankon Sacred Forest, travel to Mount Oku

In the morning we’ll visit Mankon Sacred Forest to explore this small patch of protected land. Here we have a chance for Grey-headed BroadbillBlack-billed WeaverGrey-headed Oliveback, and Copper and Green-throated Sunbirds, as well as Tropical BoubouBrown-crowned TchagraWhite-throated Bee-eaterLühder’s Bushshrike,and Red-faced Cisticola. From here we’ll head north to the highlands, birding along the way near Lake Oku, where we have a chance for Bannerman’s TuracoAfrican StonechatRuwenzori Hill BabblerGrey ApalisLittle GrebeChubb’s CisticolaYellow-breasted BoubouWhite-headed Wood Hoopoe, and Mountain Robin-Chat.

Overnight: Njotin

Day 13. Birding Mount Oku

Today we will hike Mount Oku. The trail here is steep but through some great forest. We’ll have another chance for the range-restricted Bannerman’s Weaver and Bannerman’s Turaco as well as for Black-capped Woodland WarblerNorthern Double-collared SunbirdBlack-collared ApalisWhite-bellied Crested FlycatcherDusky and Yellow-footed FlycatchersBangwa Forest WarblerWestern and Cameroon Olive Bulbuls, plus many other highland birds.

Overnight: Njotin

Day 14. Birding Lake Awing, transfer to Mount Kupe

Today we drive to Lake Awing, where we’ll have a chance to bird for Banded Wattle-eyeBamenda Apalisboth Bannerman’s Turaco and Bannerman’s WeaverBates’s WeaverOriole FinchBangwa Forest WarblerMountain Sooty BoubouAfrican Green PigeonYellow BishopPectoral-patch CisticolaThick-billed Seedeater, and more. After lunch we’ll drive to Nyasoso; we will arrive in the afternoon and, if possible, will be able to do some evening birding at the foot of Mount Kupe.

Overnight: Women’s Centre, Nyasoso

Days 15 – 16. Birding Mount Kupe and the Bakossi Mountains

We’ll have two days here to explore Mt. Kupe and the Bakossi Mountains. We are expecting to see Naked-faced BarbetSpotted GreenbulChestnut Wattle-eyeBrown-crowned EremomelaWhite-spotted FlufftailAfrican Emerald CuckooBlack-throated ApalisAfrican Harrier-HawkRed-eyed PuffbackRed-necked BuzzardMount Kupe BushshrikePurple-throated CuckooshrikeGrey Parrot, Mountain Sooty BoubouGrey-headed Broadbill, and many more.

Overnight: Bakossi

Day 17. Transfer to Mundemba

We start the drive to Korup National Park with some stops along the way in a number of forested areas, looking for Red-tailed GreenbulBlack CuckooOlive-green CamaropteraLesser BristlebillElliot’s Woodpecker, and Preuss’s Cliff Swallow. When we arrive in Mundemba at our accommodations we’ll have some time to relax in the evening. Bates’s Swift has been seen circling our inn, so we’ll need to keep an eye out for this infrequent species.

Overnight: Boseme Inn, Mundemba

Days 18 – 19. Birding Korup National Park

We have to wake up early for breakfast, after which we start our hike to our camp in Korup National Park. We go birding at the Mana footbridge and continue hiking up to Rengo Camp through pristine lowland forest. We’ll break for lunch at the camp, and later in the afternoon we’ll visit the Picathartes Knoll, quietly searching for Grey-necked RockfowlThen we return to the camp for dinner and some night birding. We expect to see Green HyliaIcterine GreenbulBrown IlladopsisGreat Blue TuracoBlue CuckooshrikeFire-crested AletheBlack-capped IlladopsisWhite-browed Forest FlycatcherBare-cheeked TrogonRed-bellied Paradise FlycatcherWestern OrioleYellow-bellied Wattle-eyeEastern Bearded GreenbulShining DrongoBlack-casqued Wattled HornbillYellow-throated TinkerbirdFraser’s Rufous Thrush, and many more.

The next day we go birding for the whole day in the park and visit the knoll again in the evening. Vermiculated Fishing Owl is often heard around the camp during the night, along with Chestnut-backed OwletSandy Scops Owl, and African Wood OwlNkulengu Rail can be heard in the early morning, if we are lucky.

Overnight: Campsite at Rengo Camp, Korup National Park

Day 20. Birding Korup National Park, transfer to Mundemba

We’ll bird our way out of Korup National Park back to the footbridge, where we’ll arrive in the early afternoon. From here our vehicle will take us back to Mundemba.

Overnight: Boseme Inn, Mundemba

Day 21. Transfer to Mount Cameroon

After some early birding around the inn we drive to Buea on the eastern slope of Mount Cameroon.

Overnight: Eta Palace Hotel, Buea

Day 22. Birding on Mount Cameroon

We will be birding on Mount Cameroon for the whole day. The trail is steep, but the birds are well worth the hike. We’ll have a chance to see Yellow-billed TuracoShelley’s OlivebackMount Cameroon SpeiropsYellow-breasted BoubouMountain Sooty BoubouMountain Robin-ChatMountain Saw-wingGrey-crowned NigritaLong-legged PipitSpeckled MousebirdBar-tailed Trogon, Yellow-rumped TinkerbirdAfrican Hill BabblerBrown-throated Wattle-eyeGreen Longtail, and others.

Overnight: Eta Palace Hotel, Buea

Day 23. Mount Cameroon to Douala via Lake Barombi Mbo

Today we’ll drive back to Douala, stopping along the way at Lake Barombi Mbo. We’ll have a chance to bird around the lake for Red-tailed GreenbulCassin’s FlycatcherWhite-throated ApalisOlive SunbirdGreen HyliaYellow-billed BarbetBlack-necked Weaverand others. We’ll arrive late in the afternoon in Douala.

Overnight: Foyer du Marin, Douala

Day 24. Douala to Campo Ma’an National Park via the Osa Wildlife Preserve

This morning we begin the drive down to Campo Ma’an. We’ll stop along the way near the Osa Wildlife Preserve to bird along the river for Yellow-billed KiteAfrican SkimmerGrey HeronVillage WeaverRed-tailed GreenbulLittle Greenbul, Lesser BristlebillRufous-bellied FlycatcherChattering Cisticola, and more. We’ll continue down to Campo Ma’an for the night, arriving in time to check for Grey-necked Rockfowl at one of its usual haunts.

Overnight: Elosir Guest House, Campo Ma’an

 Day 25. Birding at Campo Ma’an National Park, transfer to Limbe

We’ll start this morning birding along one of the roads that runs through the park. Here is a great place to check for Black-casqued WattledAfrican Pied, and Piping Hornbills. Also hoped for here are Spotted, Little, and Red-tailed GreenbulsBlue-headed Wood and Tambourine DovesYellow-throated TinkerbirdGrey-backed Camaroptera, and others. After lunch we’ll begin the drive back to Limbe for the night.

Overnight: Atlantic Beach Hotel

Day 26. Birding the Limbe Botanic Garden, transfer to Douala, flight home

We’ll visit the Limbe Botanic Garden this morning in hopes of seeing Western BluebillGiant KingfisherLong-tailed CormorantCarmelite SunbirdReichenbach’s SunbirdAfrican Palm SwiftYellow-fronted Canary, and others, before we drive to Douala to catch our evening flights home.

 

Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors.

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