Photo Travel | Cameroon

PHOTO TRAVEL TO CAMEROON
February 7-17, 2019



From Douala over Kribi to Yaoundé. A Photo Travel to a country full of amazing people, documenting and supporting humanitarian projects.

Cameroon is often referred to as “Africa in miniature” for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. The highest point at almost 4,100 metres (13,500 ft) is Mount Cameroon in the Southwest Region of the country, and the largest cities in population-terms are Douala on the Wouri river, its economic capital and main seaport, Yaoundé, its political capital, and Garoua.

The country is well known for its native styles of music, particularly makossa and bikutsi, and for its successful national football team.

The travel in cooperation with the Embolo Foundation will take you to Breel Embolos home country, and his mother Germaine will be our host in Yaounde and will also accompany us to the various projects they support there. Breels niece, Miss Cameroon, will also accompany us on this tour and truly make it an experience of a lifetime.

We combine our passion for photography and travels with our professional experience, organizing your travels with a deep love for the countries and attention to details.

All our tours have been carefully planned, through locations and places we know, to arrive at the right time in the right place to capture images of landscapes, monuments, faces, scenes of everyday life and events.

The tours are led by a team of Professional Photographers who, after traveling long in Southeast Asia and with dozens of experiences along the routes of our tours, have a deep knowledge of the destinations included within our tours. Our Photographers and Tour Leaders have established friendships and relationships with local people in many of the towns and villages on travel routes.

Thanks to the small size of our groups, you will have the opportunity to experience the places we visit at a level that is not possible with a larger group or with a classic Cambodia tour. Off the beaten track: visit remote villages, stroll through hidden alleyways, attend religious ceremonies, enter the houses, small markets and places of worship.

Immerse yourself totally in a culture different from ours. The size of our groups is limited to a maximum of 12 people in order to give the maximum of technical support and the best cultural experience.

The travel is open to everyone, with or without a camera, who wants to experience a unique travel off the beaten track, with a classic itinerary but also far away from the usual tourist routes.

TRAVEL DETAILS

TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES

Distances

  • Distances70%
 

Road Conditions

  • Road conditions80%
 

Fitness Level

  • Fitness Level 50%

Climate

  • Climate50%
 

Hotel Standard

  • Hotel Standard50%
 

Meal variety

  • Meal variety65%

DATES & PRICES

Travel dates

Travel prices

WHAT'S INCLUDED | WHAT'S EXCLUDED

What's included
Transfers
All transfers in private vehicles (car, minivan or minibus, concerning the number of participants) with air condition and driver.

Accommodation
Accommodation in double/twin rooms with or near the local NGO partner

Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Meals as indicated in the itinerary, with our NGO partner or in local restaurants.

Professional Photographers
Professional NGO Photographers, experienced in the humanitarian field, will accompany the group for the whole travel.

What's excluded
International/Domestic Flights
Return flights from any Worldwide main airports, economy class. We can offer the best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the inquiry form.

International Medical & Travel Insurance Coverage
All Participants in a Cause Photo Travels tours are required to have sufficient Medical Travel Insurance. Cause Photo Travels refuses participation of travel if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased with Cause Photo Travels and RAPTIM. Please visit the Medical and Travel insurance page.
Each participant hereby confirms that they understand and agree to purchase the required insurance listed below, that is valid internationally, and that they will be required to provide proof prior to departure for the Trip and in order to participate.

Required Coverage:
Accident & Sickness Medical Expense Coverage (minimum $100,000 USD)
Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains (minimum $200,000 USD)
Accidental Death / Dismemberment
Trip Cancellation Coverage

Suggested Additional Coverage:
Hospital Room and Board
Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage
Trip Delay / Interruption
Visitor to Bedside

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out travel insurance that covers the full value of the Trip and personal effects in the case of Trip cancellation, loss or theft of baggage, and emergency evacuation. The Tour Operators their owners, agents, and subsidiaries will not be held responsible for these expenses. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short the Trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum of the amount paid (see the section “Deposits, Payments, Cancellations and Refunds” in the terms and conditions above).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut the Trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, we recommend that you read carefully the fine print of your insurance policy.

Snacks & Drinks outside of normal meals
Please consider a little amount for some personal snacks or drinks along the way.

Tips and gratuities
Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops, museums entrances, photo fees, parks fees, etc. are not covered by the participation fee. Please read the “What to bring” section to check for tipping guidelines.

Personal transfers to your departure airport
Personal transfers / train tickets to and from your departure airport are not covered by the participation fee.

ITINERARY

  • Day 1 – Douala

    International flights. Arrival in Douala. Pick up by our driver and transport to Kribi. Overnight in Kribi
  • Day 2 – Kribi

    Visit to the School the Embolo Foundation financed and built. Overnight in Kribi
  • Day 3 – Kribi

    Visit to a Pygmee Village near Kribi. Experience an indigenous people, hear their stories and get to know their culture. Overnight in Kribi
  • Day 4 – Yaoundé

    Transfer to Yaoundé with possible image stops along the way. Overnight in Yaoundé
  • Day 5 – Yaoundé

    Visit of the Embolo Projects in Yaoundé. We will be accompanied by Breel Embolos mom, Germaine, and his nice, the reigning Miss Cameroon. Overnight in Yaoundé
  • Day 6 – Yaoundé

    Visit to the Projects of Embolo Foundation in Okong (Mbankomo). We will be accompanied by Breel Embolos mom, Germaine, and his nice, the reigning Miss Cameroon. Overnight in Yaoundé.
  • Day 7 – Yaoundé

    Day trip & Safari in Mfou National Park. For a change of scenery, we head to the close by national park to catch a glimpse of wildlife and nature. Overnight in Yaoundé
  • Day 8 – Yaoundé

    Visit to the Embolo Projects in Akonolinga. Overnight in Yaoundé
  • Day 9 – Yaoundé

    Visit to Libiih Thomas Football-Academy. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Yaoundé
  • Day 10 –Douala

    Today we will transfer back to Douala, where you can enjoy some free time to visit the city or relax. Overnight in Douala.
  • Day 11 – Douala

    Time to say goodbye to Cameroon. Depending on your departure time, you can discover the city still a little bit. Transfer to the airport, international flights home.

COUNTRY INFORMATION

Country Information
The country
Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon’s coastline lies on the Bight of Biafra, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Cameroon has one of the highest school attendance rates in Africa. Girls attend school less regularly than boys do because of cultural attitudes, domestic duties, early marriage, pregnancy, and sexual harassment. School attendance in Cameroon is also affected by child labor.

Required documents
Citizens of all countries have to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate before entering Cameroon. A passport valid at least six months with at least 2 free pages in the visa section is required as well as an official certificate of your Polio and Yellowfever vaccination. A return ticket has to be presented at the entry.

Currency
Central African CFA franc (XAF)

Credit cards
Visa are most welcomed in Cameroon, Master Card is less popular. However not every establishment accepts all of them.

Language
The official languages in Cameroon are French and English.

Health
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Vaccinations
No health certificates or vaccinations are officially required. If you travel to the amazon area or jungle of Peru, it is advisable to get vaccinated against the yellow fever.

Time Zone
UTC/GMT +1 hour, West Africa Time (WAT)

Plugs, sockets and electricity
In Cameroon the power sockets are of type C and E. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Phone, Smartphone and local carriers
MTN, Nexttel and Orange provide mobile coverage, strongest in Yaoundé and Douala. The coverage in the smaller village is not guaranteed.

Religion
Cameroon has a high level of religious freedom and diversity. The predominant faith is Christianity, practised by about two-thirds of the population, while Islam is a significant minority faith, adhered to by about one-fifth. In addition, traditional faiths are practised by many. Muslims are most concentrated in the north, while Christians are concentrated primarily in the southern and western regions, but practitioners of both faiths can be found throughout the country. Large cities have significant populations of both groups

Safety
Be vigilant in public places. Trouble can flare up unexpectedly (eg at football matches). Make sure car doors are locked when driving around. Avoid wearing jewellery and only carry small amounts of cash and valuables. Petty theft is common on trains, coaches and bush taxis and around bus stations and hotels. Only use trusted taxis and preferably book one from your hotel or restaurant. Avoid isolated or poorer areas of towns; for example in Yaoundé, La Briquetterie and Mokolo market; and in Douala, Akwa, Bonaberi and Village. Avoid walking around at night, particularly alone.

Climate
In Cameroon, the climate is tropical, semi-arid in the north, and humid and rainy in the rest of the country. There is almost everywhere a dry season in winter and a rainy season in summer, due to the African monsoon, which is shorter in the north and longer in the south, while along the coast even in winter there can be some showers.
The northernmost part of the country, on the shores of Lake Chad, is the driest area, where less than 600 millimetres (23.5 inches) of rain per year fall, while the wettest is the coast, where rainfall exceeds 3,000 mm (120 in) per year. In inland southern region lies a plateau, located between 500 and 1,200 metres (1,600 and 3,900 feet) above sea level, where the altitude moderates the climate, making the heat more bearable.

Low season (Apr-Oct):
Intense rainfall, though October should be drier in the north/northwest. Road travel is slow, muddy and at times impossible.

Shoulder Season (Mar & Oct):
Light rains in the grasslands in March. In the north, March temperatures can hit 40 degrees.

High season (Nov-Feb) :
Dry but not too hot, with a harmattan haze.

WHAT TO BRING

Photo Equipment
Camera
You can bring whatever camera you wish, but we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless digital cameras. Make sure you are familiar with your camera, as with some scenarios you will encounter, you will have to work fast in order to not miss a picture.

Memory Cards
Memory cards for your cameras may not be available at every stop of the travel, so make sure you bring enough memory cards with you.

Batteries
Without Batteries, you will not be able to get any pictures. So make sure you bring spare batteries for your camera and a charger. Charging will be possible at the hotels.

Backup
Backups are essential. Cameras, harddrives and memory cards may break or get stolen. Make sure you bring enough Backup for the travel.

Accessories
If you want to bring accessories, please consider the weight of your luggage. We usually use available light, but it could be useful to bring GND filters or a light travel tripod. Make sure, all accessories work with your camera.

Accessories / Clothing
Clothing
It’s best to dress in layers that can be shed as the day really heats up. Light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it’s hot, and doesn’t retain odours – even after prolonged wear. Cameroonians are relaxed about clothing, though you should dress modestly for religious sites.

Wind & waterproof
It is recommended to bring a light wind- and waterproof jacket.

Laundry
Laundry service may be available in bigger villages or hotels, but if you need washing, please bring ecofriendly detergent to hand wash your clothes.

Mosquitos
Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.

Drinking Water
Tap water is not drinking water. You can bring your own bottle and filter system and buy big water gallons along the way to refill your bottle.

Tipping
Hotels: Tip CFA1000 or so for help with bags.
Restaurants: For decent service, 10% is customary.
Taxis: Tips are not expected, but add one for good service.

Daypack
Bring a light daypack, suitable to carry your cameras for shorter trips in order to avoid bringing your complete camera backpack every time.

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