Handicraft Center Bali Nyonga
Max People : 10
All Year Round
Min Age : 10+
Bali Nyongais situated about 20 km from Bamenda and is known for its cool and pleasant climate. The Handicraft Center is a well know tourist destination where the visitors can see how the beautiful crafts are being done by our craftsmen. During the working hours (Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 17.00 pm) we can organize a tour through all our crafts shops.
Besides a fully and modern equipped Joinery section we have several workshops for our craftsmen where we produce carved stools, relief carvings, woven chairs and benches, bamboo items, calabash items, and baskets.
All in all, we give the following craftsmen – women a working place:
16 Piece workers and 4 trainees in the carving workshop
8 Piece workers in the weaving workshop for baskets and percussion instruments
4 Piece workers (female) in the weaving workshop for baskets and table mats
7 Piece workers in the decoration and bamboo workshop
2 Piece workers in the puzzle workshop
4 Employees, 10 pieces workers and 4 trainees in the Joinery Department.
3 Labourers in administration/organization
25 Home producers for basket weaving and production of musical instruments
A guide is required to experience the park. This is true whether you are on a driving safari or walking safari. The wildlife is the park’s highlight, with strong herds of elephant and healthy lion prides serving as the pinnacle sightings.
Waza National Park Trails:
This is a wildlife enriched national park that requires guided safari tours. There are no trails for hiking through the park. The only way to experience the park is with a professional guide and on a walking safari.
Bali Nyonga is located in the Northwest Province of Cameroon and lying about 20km southeast of the Northwest Provincial capital, Bamenda, Bali Nyonga is the home of about 85,000 residents. Bali Nyonga got its name from Princess Na’nyonga, who founded it in the early 19th century. Bali Nyonga is steeped in a rich history and possesses a strong cultural heritage which contributes to its uniqueness within Cameroon.
As the home of the earliest Basel Missionaries in the Grassfields, Bali Nyonga hosts an array of architectural treasures such as the Presbyterian Church in Ntanfoang built by the missionaries in 1902. The Basel Mission School and Cemetery constructed by the German missionaries were also the first built in the Grassfields region of Cameroon. Today, Bali Nyonga is the home of the first Presbyterian University in Cameroon.
Bali Nyonga’s rich culture and tradition are reflected in its social organization language, rites, rituals, and other cultural ceremonies. Bali people are very friendly, welcoming, and respectful. We know this site won’t answer all your questions about Bali Nyonga. On this site, you will find out more about the extraordinary history and magnificent culture/tradition, and daily life of the Bali Nyonga people The Presbyterian Church located in Ntanfoang was constructed by the Germans in 1903 and it is the first church that was constructed in Bali Nyonga. It is the first piece of attraction that you see when you enter Bali Nyonga.
Round tour of the capital Yaounde. General presentation of the four major regions of Cameroon at the National Museum. Supper at our Yaounde-based host family.
Transfer to Naka (Bali), our place of residence. Visit the Palace at Bandjoun. Welcome ceremony by the village population of Naka/Bali Nyonga. Walk to the huts, where you will be sleeping. Cultural orientation and general information evening. Supper. Explore and get used to the new environment and the immediate surroundings. Socialize and get to know your village neighbors and host family. A short walk through our permaculture farm and those of some villagers. Hiking trip to a Nomadic Fulani Tribe and to two small neighboring villages, before returning to our base. Drive through the bush by taxi to Bali village. Tour the village and visit the handicraft Centre. Discover the colonial days 'German' church.
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