Handicraft center Bali Nyongafrom
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
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Bali Nyonga, commonly known as Bali, belongs to the Chamba Leko group that
migrated from the Chamba area of what is today known as Northern Cameroon to the
Bamenda grassfields. The date of their exodus is not certain but could be estimated
to be the beginning of the second quarter of the 19th century (Hunt 1925). Historical
accounts hold that the Chamba were the last of the ethnic groups to settle in the
grassfields of Bamenda in the second half of the 19th century (Nyamndi 1988;
Chilver and Kaberry 1967).
Under the leadership of Gawolbe, the Chamba group arrived at Banyo in about 1825
where they incorporated a number of other groups such as the Peli, Mboum, Buti and
Tikar. The Chamba group and its new allies continued their journey further south and
settled near the powerful Bamum kingdom, which today is found in the Western
Province. There, the Chamba tried to subjugate the Bamum with the aid of the Bati, a
small group that had been suffering constant persecution from the Bamum. Although
the Chamba failed to subjugate the Bamum, they incorporated some of the Bati and
continued towards the south. They crossed the river Nun and entered the Bamenda
grassfields where they fought with the already established kingdoms of Mankon,
Bafut, Pinyin, Meta and Moghamo. Unable to find a territory where they could settle
without hostility from the neighbouring groups, the Chamba left the Bamenda
grassfields and moved further west into Dschang, located in the present-day Western
- Accommodation (shared)
- Transfers listed in itinerary
- Transportation in a comfortable vehicle with driver and fuel
- English Speaking Guide
- Entrance Fees where necessary
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Items
- Additional snacks and drinks
Arrive with the airplane at the capital Yaoundé. Welcome by the co-workers of Luxecam tours. Transfer to the hotel with our company bus. Supper.
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.
Trip to the provincial capital Bamenda. Take a tour of this wonderful city full of surprises. Visit to Lake Awing. Shopping stop at the Bamenda central market. Departure.