CAMEROON SLAVE TRADE ROUTES
Cameroon slave trade served a very important supply zone for the export of African slaves to the New World after the Portuguese exploration on the Cameroon coast. Cameroonian slaves were mostly sold to the Fernando Po collection center. The island of Fernando Po was one of the main collection points for slaves taken along the Bight of Benin. The Douala of Cameroon was the predominant slave-trading middlemen in these transactions. The majority of slaves traded from the Cameroon coast came from inland invasions as well as from the neighboring Batagan, Bassa, and Bulu.Four groups Tikari, Douala-Bimbia, Banyangi and Bakossi, Bamileke accounted for 62 percent of the people carried out of the River and from Bimbia in these years.
Day 1: Douala
Arrive at the Douala International airport, received by a Global Bush representative, transfer to Hotel Bano Palace for dinner and overnight.
Day 02: Douala
Breakfast, Visit of the various sites in Douala (castle of King Akwa NdikaP), The Pagoda of King Manga Bell; The Portuguese navigator anchor in the estury Wouri which was one boarding stations for slaves in Douala was baptized Rio Dos Camaroes (River of Prawns). A brief meeting with the kings of Douala (Bell and Akwa), who signed the first contract with the British government to prohibit slave trade. Return to the hotel for dinner and night at Hotel Bano Palace.
Day 03 – 04: Douala- Limbe
Breakfast, departure for the Slaves route in Cameroon, situated 8.5km from Douala. Visit to Bimbia in Limbe the site of an old slave trading port where you can learn about the colonial times, where slaves were assembled for exportation to Europe and America during the slave trading period. There are some historical attractions still present in Bimbia today. They include; Old German Wharf where ships anchored for the embarkation of slaves, chains used on slaves and abandoned Ship, the Alfred Saker Camp (where Alfred Saker first landed in Cameroon, A monument has been constructed to commemorate his arrival); the British Canon (an instrument used to abolish slave trade); foundation of the first printing press built by Joseph Merrick (English missionary); Nichol Island (site that harbored slaves prior to their journey to the new world) etc. return to the hotel, dinner, leisure and night in hotel.
Day 05: Limbe – Bafoussam
After Breakfast, Departure to the west region via Limbe, upon arrival, meet the Bamileke Chiefs and Kings who were the majorsuppliers of Slaves that left the coasts of Cameroon during the Atlantic slave trade. Most of the slaves came from the western highlands and the sloping coastal plains running west from the Wouri estuary, leisure activities in the evening, dinner and night in Bafoussam.
Day 06 – 07: Bafoussam- Bamenda – Bali
Breakfast, depart for Bamenda and upon arrival visit to the Bamenda grasslands which were a major source area for slaves; where the Bakweri (indigenous ethnic group in Cameroon) played a predominant role in capturing and selling slaves. Most Slaves from this area were exported via the Cross River to Calabar, beautiful sunset view, leisure activities in the evening, dinner and night at Ayaba hotel.
Day 08: Bamenda – Douala
After breakfast, depart for Douala and upon arrival have lunch. Leave to the airport, departure formalities and farewell greetings. End of the visit.
Note: Itinerary can be amended to suit your tours objectives. INCLUDES:
- Airport transfers
- Meals as listed;
- Lodging on twin basis;
- Land transport (Car, Fuel, driver);
- Services of an English speaking guide;
- Toll gates, Entry to listed sites;
- Visits and activities planned.
- Passports, visas, vaccines, Travel insurance;
- Flights, Airport taxes;
- Drinks, personal expenditure, optional visits;
- Camera taxes on visited sites;
- Additional singles, Extras, Tips.