Distance driven: 1565km
Days spent: 15
Distance driven/day: 104,33km
Diesel price: 0,82€/l
Money spent: 655€
We aquired our visas in Abuja (Nigeria). The embassy (N9 04.267 E7 29.389) is located in the city centre and easy to reach. A one month single entry visa costs either 50.000CFA West (76,20€), 120US$ (only large notes from 2005 onwards, 87,60€) or 18.500Naira (84€). Passport copy, 2 passport photos, yellow fever certificate copy, vehicle paper copy and copies of the Nigeria visa as well as Gabon visa (if already in the passport) are needed as well as one filled out application form. Pickup is the following day at 14:00.
Cameroon is a joy of a country with beautiful nature, muddy tracks and fertile highlands. We especially liked to drive the ring road with its rough bits around Mount Oku and the friendly locals. The Fons Palace at Bafut is worth a visit especially for its outstanding museum. Ekom Falls and the beaches of Limbe and Kribi were also great.
The piste from Ekok to Mamfe has lost all its difficulty and consists now of 30km hard and well maintained piste until the new tarmac road starts. Very soon this road will go all the way to the border post.
The border crossing into Cameroon took a bit more than two hours and included a bit of waiting on the Nigerian side but was all in all easy and hassle free.
The Police did give us a bit of a hard time because we are driving a right hand drive vehicle. In Fact they caught on to that a lot more than the notorious Nigerian traffic police. The longest holdup was about half an hour so not too bad.
Recommended Campings (prices for 2 people and a 4×4):
Presbyterian Church Centre, Bamenda – N5 58.044 E10 09.158
Camping in green grounds under trees on a hill
Ekom Falls – N5 03.702 E10 01.657
Camping very close to the beautiful waterfall, no facilities but nice cleared area
Negotiate at the gate for the price, no security needed, ignore all further demands for money at the falls themselves, bit of a hassle in the beginning but still absolutely worthwhile!
We paid 1000CFA/night (1,52€) on top of the entry fee of 4500CFA (6,86€)
Seme Beach Hotel, Limbe – N4 03.388 E9 03.201
Friendly staff, private volcanic beach, brilliant natural cold spring, only beach showers, free (slow) wifi
Tara Plage Hotel, Kribi – N2 54.347 E9 54.104
Camping directly at beautiful beach, good restaurant, friendly staff, ask for them to open a room for showers and toilets and ignore the workers ablution block
Hotel Ilomba, Kribi – N2 53.530 E9 53.957
Camping on nice beach, very close to waterfalls, good ablutions, friendly staff
We were allowed to stay for free and just pay for whatever we consumed at the bar/restaurant