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.
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.
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.
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.