Monday, 3 October 2016

A Wildlife Ranger’s Encounter with Poachers

Monday, 19 September 2016


Enjoy Your Vacation:


THE VILLAGE FOREST MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: An Instrument to Biodiversity Conservation

The Mount Cameroon National Park, 58178 hectares with over 41 communities sharing boundaries with the park.

Among the 41 communities living in this area, over 85% are farmers with few being hunters and timber exploiters.
Upon the birth of the park in 2009, the management of the area shifted from local communities to the park service under the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.
Such transition distort the livelihood of the immediate forest dependent communities since their actions are to be in conformity with the forestry law and the IUCN classification for the protection of wildlife.
In that effect, after the validation of the Management of the Mount Cameroon National Park (MCNP), the idea of collaborative management reinforced the collaborative management efforts of the.

With the collaborative management idea, the park created 41 Village Forest Management Committees (VFMC) within the 41 park communities. To ensure a smooth functioning each VFMC provides a nine man executive to represent the village during conservation discussion. 

From the nine man executive, the chief of each village is a member while the others constitutes representatives such as; an external and internal elite, a farmer, hunter, youth and women (02)  representatives and Village Development Committee representative.
Through such committees, the park service signs a Conservation Development Agreement through which the VFMC and the park service jointly carry out conservation activities like patrols, reporting of illegal activities just to name a few.

In this light, these 41 communities after benefiting from their work allowance they also get Conservation Bonus which is to be directed to a community project which should be conservation friendly.

Also, to enhance the communities’ wellbeing, the park service has also initiated some alternative Income Generating Activities such as plantain, cassava and yam projects.

To ensure the sustainability and the perfect functioning of the VFMCs the park service carries a routing follow-up of their projects and the running of the nine man executive, they assist the VFMCs in their reorganization process.
The efficacy of the VFMC determines the level of collaboration and benefits that the communities can get from the park service.

To assist these communities, the park service as part of their obligation are once more taking the responsibility to follow-up the reorganization of the VFMCs of some villages. 

Bonakanda village is one of the partner were the reorganization was performed under the watchful eyes of the Conservator of the MCNP, Mr. Bisong Simon and H.R.H Ndongo Emmanuel this  September, 19th 2016. 



Friday, 12 August 2016

Rainfall: Current Situation in Buea

Rainfall in Buea is very different from other wet seasons. The municipality is witnessing a high variation of rainfall which is far more intense than ever. When this happens some quarters are flooded and others are crowded with transported debris or rubbish. At times, the worries of whether this is as a result of poor drainage or climate change remain the curiosity of the people in the affected areas

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Only about 30% of the population of Cameroon has access to pipe born water. The rest rely on streams, springs, lakes and rivers. 

This has been a sustainable source of water for centuries. But growing population and human activities have degraded many wetland.

Few days back, prolonged dryness, insufficient rainfall and higher temperatures worsened the scarcity of such natural water.

Concerned on how to find sustainable solutions to climate-induced water scarcity is a mechanism at the most local levels.

While some communities are forced to migrate or pay to get water, others are trying to protect and regenerate degraded wetlands. 

Buea, with its geometric population increase of more than 200,000 inhabitants is also a victim to this dilemma despite been situated at the foot of Mount Cameroon.

While villages within the municipality rely on their wetlands which is more sustainable during the dry season, the urban communities clearly disregard the initiative.

The city duelers, highly dependent on pip born water, has transform one of the most reliable source of good drinking water (stream) into car wash centers thus reducing the vital purpose of such wetlands.

Once more, the rains have come drums are full, and crops are green and many of us have forgotten about yesterday. What about tomorrow? It might be worse than yesterday let’s think of our wetlands as a solution to the rapidly increasing “WAHALA”.  

Saturday, 18 June 2016


Why you should  choose us: 
A.   Ecotourism
Ø Nature, Cultural, Agro-industry and sporting attractions
·        The residence of Governor Jesco Von puttkamer now known as the Prime Minister’s Lodge)
.    Joseph Merrick Monument (a Jamaican Missionary who landed on the beach of the slave village in 1843)
·        The Bismarck Fountain
·        German Cemetery
·        German and British residence
·        Tea, rubber, banana and palm plantation
·        Mount Cameroon Race of Hope (Every February)
·        Mountain Hiking and Trekking
·        The Stadium in Molyko
·        The elephant (Njoku), Nganya, Cha-cha, Mondame and Nganya dance,
·        The wild life center
·        Botanical garden and Jungle village
·        Lakes 
·        Water fall
·        Bimbia Slave Port
Ø Beach visit:
·        Mile six beach
·        Seme beach
Ø Surfing
Ø Bird Watching
Ø Gastronomy – Local dishes
·        Ekwang
·        Kwacoco (cooked coco-yam Past) and Palm nut soap
·        Fufu (cooked Cassava past) and Eru or Okra etc
Our Package:
One day
From town (Buea) to hut and back to the town
Two days
First day: from the town to hut one – hut two (camp)
Second day: From hut two to the peak, visit to the crater  and back to town
Three days
First day: from the town to hut one – hut two (camp)
Second day: From hut two to the peak, visit to the crater  and back to hut two or to Man-Spring (another camping site) passing through the craters of 1999 and some lava deposits and
Day three: We leave Man-Spring to Buea passing through the Bokwaongo forest or from Hut two to Buea in situations of fatigue or altitude sickness etc.
Four days
First day: from the town to hut one – hut two (camp)
Second day: From hut two to the peak, visit to the crater  and back to hut two or to Man-Spring (another camping site) passing through the craters of 1999 and some lava deposits and
Day three: We leave Man-Spring to the elephant opening to the crater lake then the Camp (“Drinking Garri”) Fourth Day: From the camp to Bakingili a village sharing boarders with the sea and the second wettest place in the world (Dibuncha)

NB: Visits are open to modification.