Limbe wildlife park

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Feb 10, 2012
Hotel: Park Miramar Hotel, Limbe, Cameroon.  15000 CFA ($30)
The plan today was to head to Limbe, Cameroon, about 60 miles west of Douala.  There is a wildlife center there that has many primates rescued as orphans of the bushmeat hunters.  The town lies at the base of Mt. Cameroon and is in the English-speaking part of Cameroon.  Cameroon was once a German colony but was split between England/France after WWI, similar to Togo.  I caught a cab to the bus station but there were no buses to Limbe, so caught another cab out to the Bonaberi bus park.

  It was some distance out of town to the northwest.. passing by fish canneries and other factories.  I got there about 9:20 and there was a minibus waiting to go to Limbe but there were still several seats to sell.  I bought two seats ($2.50 each).  One reason is, they really squash people in.. 4 rows of people at 4 people per row in essentially a VW bus.  Also buying an extra seat helps the bus leave quicker!  I still ended up jammed in the back row.. not the best place for someone with long legs!  Finally we set off about 10 AM whereby we moved 30 feet and stopped for a few minutes to load more stuff on the roof.  Then moved another 100 yards where we put air in the tires.  Then we stopped to get gas.  So really it was more like 10:20 before we started moving.
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  TIA, this is Africa.  That's just how things work here.

The road was in good condition other than the countless speedbumps.  They are everywhere, usually at the entrance of a town, at a police roadblock (of which there were many), or just at random.  And they were grouped in sets of 3 or 4.  At one point there were 12 speedbumps in about 200m.  The back seat was noht the place to be with all that bouncing.. Along the way we passed miles and miles of banana and palm oil plantations and newly deforested area which was freshly planted with new palms.  I'd seen similar before in Borneo and Cote d'Ivoire where they just clearcut vast swaths of rainforest in order to plant 'green' palm oil trees.  At one town we had to switch minibuses for the last few kms to Limbe junction.
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  From there it was another 5km taxi ride actually into Limbe town itself.  I had the taxi take me to the Park Miramar hotel, which has several cabins located on a cliff overlooking the ocean and surrounded by rainforest.  The road to the hotel went through the Limbe Botanical gardens, one of the largest and oldest in Africa.  They had a single room for 15000 CFA but as soon as I checked in and was ready to head off to the zoo when it starts raining again.  Finally it stops around 2PM and I walk the 800m or so to the zoo.  Along the way I smelled the wonderful scent of baking bread and my stomach starts growling.. hadn't had lunch or really anything to eat today.  There was a boulangerie across the street that had pain au chocolat and egg/tomato sandwiches.
  That and a drinkable yogurt really hit the spot.  

The zoo was 3000CFA to enter, no extra fee for a still camera.  They have several large pens with two species of western gorilla, chimpanzees, drills, mandrills and baboons.  People still hunt monkey meat in Cameroon, leaving baby animals orphaned.  The wildlife center here tries to teach locals not to hunt bushmeat.  They have several posters up 'Say NO to bushmeat' but the interesting bit was they  were also written in pidgin English 'Wuna no chop dis kind bushbeef for dem go finish small time'.  I wandered around awhile taking photos when I see a big red flashing battery sign on the camera, crud.. I'd left my spare battery back at the hotel.  Of course the camera goes off right as I reach the colorful mandrills.
Park Miramar hotel
  I asked the lady at the desk if I could go back to hotel and get the battery.. it was a 20 minutes walk to the hotel and back.  I  took more pictures then headed down into town to wander around a bit before heading back to the hotel.

Later that evening at the hotel, I met an American woman who had just come over on the ferry from Nigeria that morning.  Apparently now there is a fast 4-hr ferry.  She had been traveling since October, coming in overland from Gibraltar through Senegal, Mali, Burkina, Ghana, etc.  Some other guys on motorcycles were camping at the hotel, they were doing Africa overland as well.  They were pretty much the first tourists that I ou had seen on my trip so far.  I used the wifi-internet for awhile, and was able to check in online for my flight tomorrow. Unfortunately the hotel didn't have a printer so only had the PDF on my computer & email.

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Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee, Limbe Wildlife Center
Chimpanzee, Limbe Wildlife Center
Drill, Limbe Wildlife Center
Drill, Limbe Wildlife Center
Mandrill, Limbe Wildlife Center
Mandrill, Limbe Wildlife Center
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Gorilla gorilla gorilla
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Great hotel in Limbe surrounded by jungle
I spent one night in Limbe at the Park Miramare, I paid 15000 CFA ($30) for a single room. The setting is gorgeous, surrounded by jungle near the Bot… read entire review
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