Menchum Falls is a beautiful tourist destination and has the ability to stream to all countries in the region of West Africa to produce. Menchum falls, about 20km south of Wum and 30 km north of Bafut, are impressive and a potential tourist attraction.
However, the access road is very rough, and the observation site is not well maintained. A lead-in 2003, where the road was almost impassable during the rainy season. On 7 September signed in 2009, Agreenergy and the Government of Cameroon signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a project to build a dam and 90 MW hydropower plant on the river.
In addition to providing electricity and jobs, the project would involve surfacing the road. On 8 December 2010 was built by President Paul Biya plans, a dam across the falls Menchum. The river and its tributaries drain a large area of northwestern Cameroon Menchum. It is in turn a tributary of the Benue in Nigeria.
Menchum Rivers, Katsina-Ala, and Donga all west of the river northeast to join the Benue in Nigeria. The Menchum drains the highlands of Oku-Kom, a height of 2400 meters (7900 feet) around Lake Oku and fell to about 800 feet (ft 2600) are west of Mbonkissu Fundong. Highlands, formed by volcanic activity, have been created through the valleys of rivers flowing rapidly dissected.
The fertile volcanic soil of the highlands has attracted farmers and ranchers, and the resulting clearings make the area vulnerable to soil erosion. Menchum valley is low and used to be covered in the equatorial forests. These are usually cleared for timber, so that open grassland, which is used as grazing land, and subject to erosion on the slopes. Efforts are being made to reforest the valley again.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
This waterfall is quite impressive, one of the largest in West Africa. At the end of the rainy season there is a tremendous amount of water cascading down. The sheer walls are lined with greenery as a result of the constant mist. Our first visit half way through the dry season the site was unmaintained , hard to see or find, but this visit the grass had been cut, trees trimmed and area cleaned up. Has a few benches, viewing platform and a cement barrier to prevent falling the (I would guess) 100 metres. Just above the falls there’s an access road where trucks pick up sand. There are usually young boys and men poling boats , pulling up sand and shovelling it onto the bank.
Not much room for parking at roadside, the narrow potholed and winding road is dusty, treacherous, often busy and not recommended in the rainy season. Takes about 3 hours of bone jarring constant driving to get there from Bamenda.
- All accommodation including tea houses en route
- All transportation including taxis and coaches
- Flights to Yaounde if booked.
- Tour and trekking guide for entire journey
Anything not included.
Pickup from airport
On arrival in Douala, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore this lively city. Overnight Aquarius Hotel or similar.
Drive through the rubber, banana, and coffee plantations on the road to Bafoussam. We visit a tropical flower plantation as well as the impressive Ekom Waterfalls. Later we stop at Baham to visit the palace of a traditional Bamileke chief. At the end of the day, we arrive in Bafoussam. Overnight Hotel Altitel or similar.
After breakfast we leave for Bamenda, visiting the sacred Mectchie waterfalls en route, where local Bamileke people come to make sacrifices in the hopes that their wishes will be granted. On arrival in Bamenda, we visit the local markets and the chief’s palace at nearby Bafut, where we see traditional dances by the princes and princesses. Overnight Ayaba Hotel or similar.
Wum - Okpwa
We continue on the ‘Ring Road’ to Wum, visiting Menchum Falls along the way. The scenery of this area is quite beautiful, with meadows, mountains, and lakes, punctuated with Fulani herders tending their livestock. At Wum we set off on foot to reach the village of Okpwa, our base for the next two nights. Overnight in tents or a village house.