Cameroon the Land of African Wonders as described by Emmanuel

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Cameroon is a peaceful, remarkably hospitable and multiply enchanting Central African country, ideally located at the intersection of Central and West African regions. The country flourishes in a breath-taking spectrum of tourism opportunities and possibilities, all carefully flavoured with treasured African uniqueness and charm. Cameroon is usually baptised Africa in miniature because this vibrant nation is so abundantly endowed in all manners of wonderments; for which, it’s possible to experience the entire African continent, just by experiencing Cameroon. This colourful nation gently hosts more than two hundred ethic groups, which co-exists in harmony and fraternal goodwill. Each ethnic group offers unique sensation, with respect to architecture, traditional dance, food, dressing, language, artistic dexterity etc. Cameroon’s scenery is awe-inspiring and dramatic, including mountains, escarpment, valleys and plains.  Your imagination will be nourished by the country’s vast spectrum of natural features; including shift-flowing and voluminous rivers, magnificent waterfalls, alluring lakes, mind-blowing caves, staggering mountains, beautifully undulating hills, astounding beaches etc. You will be marvelled by Cameroon’s varied and magnificent vegetation; amongst which are, majestic evergreen equatorial forest, spectacular highland montane forest, enticing semi-deciduous stretches and vast fields of breath-taking wooded savannah. Cameroon’s ultimate allurement is its wildlife treasures that are well preserved in its numerous national parks and thriving nature reserves. Whether it be lions, elephants, monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, birds, giraffes etc, the delight of observing these wonderful creatures in their natural habitats, will be at your full discretion.
Indeed, Cameroon’s touristic magnetism and charismatic personality are simply irresistible.
Try Cameroon today; and you will be delighted you did.LCMTours is always at your service. 
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The Man and the Egg that Turned into Lake Oku

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Lake Oku is a renowned Lake in Cameroon. It is located at the heart of the Kilum Mountain Forest in the North West Region of Cameroon.

The people of Elark Market Squares tell very beautiful and mystical stories about the lake.
Three popular stories I heard in the market squares are:

The Man and the Egg that Turned into Lake Oku

Once upon a time, a young man visited the Fon of Oku. He was from a village very far far away. The Fon of Oku gave him a gift of an egg. Later that evening the Fon delegated two servants to see the young man off. When they reached the top of the Kilum Mountain Forest the young man greeted the Fon’s servants and continued on his journey alone. The servants hid themselves to see where the young man would go. However, they waited until midnight. When the young man was sure that no one was watching, he stood there playing with the egg in his hands. He did not know the servants were watching, but the servants were watching him from behind a tree.

The servants were so scared, they ran back home and agreed not to tell anyone of what they had seen. They feared no one would belief.

All of a sudden, the young man shot the egg unto a stone and he disappeared into thin air. Very early the next morning a hunter who was used to setting his traps at the top of the Kilum Mountain Forest of Oku, was on his way to supervise his traps. He was surprised by by how much fog had covered the top of the Kilum Mountain Forest. As he climbed to the top of the mountain, the fog was condensing into water very fast. The hunter was amazed at what he saw and he ran back to the village to explain all what he saw to the Fon.

The Fon commissioned a team of 3 elders and 5 warriors to go and verify the story of the hunter.  The hunter led the way to the Kilum Mountain Forest. While in the village, news was spreading around of the happenings on the mountain.

The three servants heard of the gossips of the women and they now had courage to share their stories. The women listened to them with awe and wonder as they explained how the young man broke the egg and disappeared.

By the time the elders, the warriors and the hunter reached the top of Kilum Mountain Forest, the fog had totally transformed into water and had created a lake. The elders sent two warriors to inform the Fon that he would have to see this himself. The Fon went to the top of the mountain with all the men, women and children to see the new lake at the top of the mountain.

At dusk, the fun took the villagers back to the village. He could notice the feeling of despair on the faces of the villagers. So he called the Chief Priests and the elders of the village. They planned and organized a big feast that night and the Chief Priest assured the people that the gods had visited them and the lake is a gift of the gods to the people Oku Village.

2. You will want to know about the relationship between the Fon of Oku and the Lake and how many times in a year he makes his “sacrifice and pour libations” and for what reason he does that.

3. You may also get to know how the Fon of Oku and another neighboring Fon went inside the Lake and of a sudden blood floated on the waters and the Fon of Oku came out alive and declared the lake as a property of Oku.

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UNDERSTANDING MOUNT CAMEROON RACE OF HOPE

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In 1972, a group of tourists from France and Britain; Charput, Michon and Fischer, who resided and worked in Cameroon, alongside their children, visited the Buea Mountain. One of them worked as the General Manager of Guinness Cameroon. These tourists were accompanied to the mountain by guides and porters amongst them Amos Evambe who won the race in 1975. On their way back, they promised their children that whoever first reached the town will have a price and the children became so happy and went down the Mountain with much zeal than before. When they arrived, they got their prices and the next day, they invited the porters for a dinna at Buea Mountain Hotel and discussed with them if this could be a good initiative. The race was named the Guinness Mount Cameroon Race. The show took place at BTTC field in Buea (now known as BHS). The first ever race run had as starting and finishing point the BTTC field. In 1973, officials of Guinness met government for authorisation to organise the race. Government granted the request on condition that the race takes place on March 10, 1973, so as to spice the first ever Agric Show which was inaugurated by late President Ahmadou Ahidjo, in Buea. Eventually, due to limited space, the venue of the race was moved to about 400 meters from the Agric Show ground to the tourism office. As time went on, the number of contestants kept increasing. The race was again moved from the tourism office to the old stadium at Buea Town. A few years later, due to some irregularities on the part of some runners who were alleged to have defaulted on some of the rules of the game, the race was then moved again to the Molyko Stadium. After honouring the wish of President Amadou Ahidjo to organise the race on March 10, the race found its favourite month to be February. Only in rare cases did the race take place in January. The first participants of this race did not get things easy. The environmental condition of the mountain was not suitable for them. There was also no road traced for the athletes to follow; they all had to follow the path of hunters. Trees were not felled to enable athletes have easy passage and the distance was too long as contestants were compelled to pass through bottle pick to the summit.

LCM Tours been talking about this extra-ordinary race of hope for the past years. Know how it all started. In 1972, a group of tourists from France and Britain; Charput, Michon and Fischer, who resided and worked in Cameroon, alongside their children, visited the Buea Mountain.
One of them worked as the General Manager of Guinness Cameroon. These tourists were accompanied to the mountain by guides and porters amongst them Amos Evambe who won the race in 1975.
On their way back, they promised their children that whoever first reached the town will have a price and the children became so happy and went down the Mountain with much zeal than before. When they arrived, they got their prices and the next day, they invited the porters for a dinna at Buea Mountain Hotel and discussed with them if this could be a good initiative.
The race was named the Guinness Mount Cameroon Race.
The show took place at BTTC field in Buea (now known as BHS). The first ever race run had as starting and finishing point the BTTC field.
In 1973, officials of Guinness met government for authorisation to organise the race. Government granted the request on condition that the race takes place on March 10, 1973, so as to spice the first ever Agric Show which was inaugurated by late President Ahmadou Ahidjo, in Buea.
Eventually, due to limited space, the venue of the race was moved to about 400 meters from the Agric Show ground to the tourism office. As time went on, the number of contestants kept increasing. The race was again moved from the tourism office to the old stadium at Buea Town. A few years later, due to some irregularities on the part of some runners who were alleged to have defaulted on some of the rules of the game, the race was then moved again to the Molyko Stadium.
After honouring the wish of President Amadou Ahidjo to organise the race on March 10, the race found its favourite month to be February. Only in rare cases did the race take place in January.
The first participants of this race did not get things easy. The environmental condition of the mountain was not suitable for them. There was also no road traced for the athletes to follow; they all had to follow the path of hunters. Trees were not felled to enable athletes have easy passage and the distance was too long as contestants were compelled to pass through bottle pick to the summit. LCM Tours  remain at your service.

 

 

 

GUINNESS MOUNT CAMEROON RACE OF HOPE

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Guinness Mount Cameroon Race of Hope

The sleepy town of Buea in the Southwest Region of cameroon host Africa’s most grueling footace: The Guinness Mount Cameroon race of Hope, a marathon-length spirit 10,000 feet up a live volcano, and back down again.
To conquer the mountain, racers must overcome some of the cruelest conditions in sport: temperatures fluctuate 50 degrees, altitude sickness claims the weak, and loose volcanic stones can cause serious injury, and even death, as runners fly back down the mountain.
The 14th of February is going to mark the second Mt Cameroon race of Hope in the hands of Guinness.
As a reminder,
The 20th edition of the Guinness Mt Cameroon Race of Hope have been scheduled for February 14,  2015. The information was made public in a joint press conference by the president of the Cameroon athlete federation,  Emmanuel Motomby Mbome and the General manager of Guinness Cameroun, Baker Magunda.
Visitors who are coming for the race may want to take a hike to the Mountain immediately after the race when the tracks are still open and clear for any interested persons. You may book your tour to hike the mountain following this link http://lcmtours.com/Special-Tours-In-Cameroon/Mountains%20/HikingMtCameroon
You might not be strong enough to make a hike but will like to relax at the beautiful cities of Cameroon such as Limbe where you will see a wide range of attractions around. walking on brown sand along the shores of the sea.  The beaches are too many and a calm place for you to relax with loved ones accompanied by snacks. Follow this link and book your tour. http://lcmtours.com/Limbe?search=limbe
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NGONNSO CULTURAL FESTIVAL is a cultural festival during which the Nso people exhibit their cultural heritage to the world.

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NGONNSO CULTURAL FESTIVAL is a cultural festival during which the Nso people exhibit their cultural heritage to the world.

The Ngonso Cultural Festival is an exciting event during which Nso people exhibit their        cultural  heritage.There is an exhibition of  works of arts.

  One of the objectives of Ngonnso cultural festivals is to revive and keep to posterity the rich cultural heritage of the Nso people. This rich cultural heritage can also be identified in the arts and crafts of the Nso people. Their geographical, anthropological historical and traditional sites constitute part of this heritage.
 During the festival, there are a several of activities. One such activity is the show of jujus. A juju is a person disguised in a costume for traditional entertainment purposes. The Nso Palace is divided into two houses each of which is represented by a different juju. The Ngiri house is represented by Wanmabu and the Kwerong house is represented by the Nko.
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These two houses are thought to be secret societies. Membership into any of the two houses is either by royalty or by fulfilling the rites of initiation. 
 
They have two main rules, entertainment and assisting the Fon in special duties such as resolving of conflicts anonymously.  
Ngonnso is the founder of the Nso Dynasty (Nso Fondom), found in Bui Division of the North West Region of Cameroon. This woman is said to have left Rifem in the Adamawa Region of Cameroon in 1394 with her two siblings. On the way, they had different fortunes and misfortunes. While Nchare moved towards a different direction to found the Bamoun Dynasty and Mfoomban moved his own way to found the Mbam Dynasty in Bafia, Ngonnso moved to found the Nso Dynasty.
Visit www.lcmtours.com to book a tour for the Nso festival

LCMTours wish you a happy WORLD TOURISM DAY 2014

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LCMTours is highlighting this fact, that Empowering individuals and communities at all levels through tourism can be a fundamental step towards achieving sustainable development around the world. One of the main goal of LCMTours is to promote tourism and community Development which is the theme for the years WORLD TOURISM DAY. When tourists visit our platform and we connect them to our tour guides, they do not only take a tour but change the life of someone in the Community.

We at LCMTours believe that empowering individuals and communities at all levels through tourism can be a fundamental step towards achieving sustainable development around the world. One of the main goal of LCMTours is to promote tourism and community development which is the theme for this year’s WORLD TOURISM DAY. When tourists connect with tour guides on www.LCMTours.com, not only do they begin an exciting new adventure, they also change the life of a guide.