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October 17, 2015
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BAKA PYGMY TOUR – 5 Days

1.300 1.250

INTRODUCING THE PYGMIES

Visiting the Baka Land of Pygmies is one of the most enriching cultural experiences one will ever enjoy in Cameroon. Being involved in their socio cultural activities is the best way to have fun through dangers and excitement in a world too different from what anyone in townships have lived through. Travelling to the East of Cameroon to the pygmy land is a good way into the Rain Forest. The Baka Pygmies are a group of conservatory people who live in the heart of the Rain Forest. They stubbornly maintain the primitive ancestral ways of life and cultural values from generation to generation. They are however friendly in receiving foreigners, but admit very little or nothing of any change these visitors may try to inspire. These people can also be found in countries sharing borders with Cameroon: Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea.

The first thing you must do once you reach the pygmy land is visit the village chief to announce your arrival. The only language is the baka language so you will be assisted by an interpreter to communicate. This encounter is usually easy and warm. After settling in, you will be offered a wide range of things you can do to maximize the fun of your stay in the land.

Music and Dance

The pygmies enjoy frequent gatherings for great moments of music and dance in their village. They are naturally great singers. A few of them who have broken away from the group to fit into the cities have made it locally in music. ,
Traditionally, the men play drums, while women dance bare breasts with rattles. As a tourist, you may be willing to dance along with them, dressed in the traditional raffia skirt, bare feet and bare chest. It is even more exciting to watch and learn.

Food gathering and preparation

A stranger in the Baka land may be tempted to think the food is gross when they hear of main meals like caterpillar and turtle soups, but truly, these meals are without doubt appetizing. Snails, fish and turtles are very common but animals are also hunted for food. Also commonly eaten, is wild honey amassed by bees on high trees.

The methods of food preparation remain primitive. The people cook outdoor on the three-stone fire places with wood. Ingredients are natural plants which are ground using flint stones or mortars.

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Outdoor and Professional Activities

Pygmies are natural hunters, and carvers. They make spears, bows and arrows from tree trunks as hunting weapons. The hunters mostly go out in large groups to set traps for smaller animals, and hunt down bigger ones together. After every catch, the hunters sit down and the team leader shares the meat to them all before they depart to their homes. Hunting is dangerous but mostly fun.

The hunters specialize in catching sea animals such as fish and turtles using nets, and canoes dug from tree trunks. Joining in the canoe ride is mostly exciting on the waters with their turbulent nature of great rushing of waves. You may also take the chance to swim in the calmer parts of the waters.

There are also wine tappers. They climb incredibly tall palm trees right to the top to get fresh palm wine every day. Palm wine is white and initially very sweet. The longer it stays, the stronger the alcoholic concentration. Palm wine collectors are experienced with many years of climbing these trees. It is not advisable for tourists to try. It is all the same fun watching the process.

More so, you can learn to make baskets with the handful of people producing baskets woven from plant fibers. These baskets are used by women to carry farm produce to their homes. Some of the baskets are sold or offered to tourists as souvenirs.

The women are mostly farmers, but they are more probably found at home than anywhere else. Their primary roles are childbearing, cooking, and housekeeping.

In a nutshell

Generally, travelling to, and being in the Baka land is mostly fun and exciting. You will encounter so much of the diminishing original African values and traditions, arts and lifestyle, and you will most certainly schedule a second visit.

What are you experiencing?

This packages is prepared for those who want to live a tourism experience in the African standard. Here we travel and use the travel facilities as locals, we sleep in average hotels and sometimes homestay. The best of it is that you have opportunity to feel how people live in Cameroon and also to get closer to them, to talk and share with locals. In this way you learn a bit about Cameroonian culture and locals learn about foreign culture.

* We accept the booking for at least two (02) people. So, make sure to check how many people are and type the amount before adding to cart.
** For a group of more than 3 people, request a discount coupon, if not we will apply it directly and you will be refunded.
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Low Cost: Normal Transportation system, Shared taxi, Cheap Hotels, Cheap Restaurant… = Cameroon Life Style Cost.
Medium Cost: Normal Transportation system, non shared taxi, Average Hotels, Average Restaurant… = Middle Cameroon life Style Cost.
VIP Cost: Rented Car for the whole trip, No taxi, High Cost Hotels, High Quality Restaurant… = Western life Style

Included in Our prices:

  • Pick-up at the airport (Douala or Yaounde)
  • Transport (Buses, Motorbike and Taxis)
  • Homestay and Food
  • Tranditional Dance
  • Visits fees
  • Our guiding fees

Additional Information

Cost Plan | Our prices plan

Medium Cost (Middle Cameroon LifeStyle)

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