Mount Oku tourfrom
At 3,011 m, Mount Oku is the second-highest mountain in West Africa, after Mount Cameroon. The site, also known as Kilum–Ijim, is a proposed Community Forest Reserve. The enclosed area of 20,000 ha, about half of which is montane forest, is now the only extensive area of forest left anywhere in the Bamenda Highlands. Although the mountains are naturally geographically isolated, human activities are increasingly fragmenting, degrading, and isolating the remaining forest patches, including through agricultural conversion and logging.
Based on the conservation status of this area, the local community, under the supervision of the Cameroonian Government, should regulate forest exploitation, but in practice, very little or no monitoring and law enforcement are in place.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture, Discovery, Guided Tours, Trekking
Activity Level Strenuous
Group Size Large Group
As a result, only part of the community forests is well protected, particularly those with traditional rules that have prohibited access by the community. This project proposes to enhance Mt. Oku’s present conservation measures implemented by the local community and BirdLife International.
Mount Oku is home to several frogs endemic to the Cameroon highlands, including at least three that are not found in any other region in Cameroon. The Lake Oku Clawed Frog (Xenopus longipes) is found only in Lake Oku and is classified as Critically Endangered. While the Lake Oku Clawed Frog is only found is this region, the Volcano Clawed Frog (X. amieti) (NT) is more widespread around the Bamenda Highlands. Also known to be endemic to the site is the Mount Oku Grassland Toad (Wolterstorffina chirioi).
Bafut - Ndop - Kumbo - Oku
Upon Arrival at the Douala International Airport or the Nsimalen Airport in Yaounde, our local representative will receive and transfer you to Bafut, in the North West Region of Cameroon, where you will spend the night at Saddle Hill Ranch & Resort.
We shall depart from Saddle Hill Ranch early in the morning by car to Oku village. We shall drive through the Ndop plains and the rolling hills of Jakiri to arrive in Banso. From Banso, we held on for a 60km drive to the Oku village, arriving in the afternoon. We undertake a village tour which will take us to the bee farmers’ processing unit, the elephant-grass paper production cooperative, and other attractions in the village. We retire at the Village Palace for dinner and overnight in tents.
Our day starts up very early with the hiking of the second highest peak in Cameroon with an altitude of about 3011m. This massif has a variety of vegetation and a good number of crater lakes, starting with the forest rich with endemic birds as the Bannerman’s Turaco, a very hot spot for bird watchers. We finally arrive the summit later in the evening for camping.
Lake Oku - Babungo - Bafut
After breakfast, we hike around to enjoy nature and later continue to the magnificent Lake Oku which is located at 2,219 meters on Mount Oku, and is completely surrounded by cloud forest. From here, we pick up the car and drive down to Babungo, then via Sabga to arrive in Bafut for a well-deserved rest.