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LAPUA ECOTOURISM GROUP (MBAW YAKUM) BAMBALANG VILLAGE NDOP CENTRAL SUBDIVISION NGOKETUNJIA NORTH WEST REGION CAMEROON VISITORS PACKAGE WITHIN BAMBALANG ECO TOURS WHERE TO VISIT IN BAMBALANG VILLAGE - The Fon and the tribal elders - Bambalang town - Yatch in Baminjin Dam to see hippotamous, many Island, fishing along the dam - Bambalang town forest/secret forests - Traditional dances For all visits arrangements, Contact: tel: 77 83 98 43, 96172626,75104530, 94809035 Email: lahpuaecotours@yahoo.com,forestagrofor@yahoo.com Enjoy your trip with LAHPUA ECOTOURISM and the hospitality of the Bambalang people. Introduction The North West Region is found in the western highlands of Cameroon. It lies between latitudes 5 40’ and 7 to the North of the equator, and between longitudes 945 and 1110’ to the East of the Greenwich Meridian. It is bordered to the south-west by the South-West Region, to the south by West Region, to the east by Adamawa Region, and to the north by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It has mountainous area in which some peaks are above 3000m above sea level. The region experiences two distinct seasons, a dry season that spans from mid November to mid March and a rainy season that starts from mid March and ends in mid November. Rainfall is very heavy reaching an average of 2.300mm per year with peaks in July and august. The mean annual temperature is about 19 C with an annual mean maximum of about 26 C and minimum of 13.2 C. In some lowland areas temperatures are as high as high as 27 C Many of Cameroon's attractions are located in the North West Region. The second highest mountain in Cameroon is mount Oku, and there are lots of rare birds such as the distinctive red crested Bannerman's Turaco , that are unique to this region. It also has many crater lakes and beautiful montane rainforest which host rare and endemic plants and animals. The largest remaining montane forest in the region is the Kilum-Ijim Forest. Other geographical features are natural water falls, rolling mountains, open savannah, Baminjin artificial dams and vast Ndop plains. It should be noted that the natural physical environment has been seriously stressed (some cannot even be rehabilitated anymore) because of human activity especially in and around the Baminjin Dam. Ngoketunjia Division Ngoketunjia is a division in the Northwest Highlands region of Cameroon. Ngoketunjia refers to a grasslands plain overlooked by the Ngoketunjia mountain. As such it is an environment of breathtaking beauty, inhabited by semi-bantu and fulani people. It is a region where tradition and culture remain strong. Ngoketunjia consists of 13 villages. All of which start with the letters "Ba". This is derived from the times of the German colonization denoting "people of". Each of the villages has its own unique language and tradition presided over by the traditional hierachy. As such each of the villages is a Fondom and has a traditional ruler - the Fon. Bambalang Village The Mbaw-yakum people migrated to Banso, then to Foumban and then some of them came back to the present location of Mbaw-yakurn. Since the origin of the maw-yakum village, many Fons have ruled it. So far, 21 Fons have ruled the Mbaw-yakum people (Tanjoh George, 2000:8). The Mbaw-yakum people have a well-organised traditional system of government. The chief, who is the head of the village, shares his authority with several elders who assist him in governing the village. The government consists of three bodies, the Royals headed by the Fon; the kweifulng a secret society which is composed exclusively of men, the kweifulng exercises its powers even over the Fon; and the Tantehs who are the quarter heads. The village is divided into quarters for easy administration and each of the quarters is placed under a Tanteh. As we have already said above, there are about 19 quarters in Mbaw-yakum. Bambalang is renowned for its cultural manifestations. The region is rich in traditional dances and in masquerades. Masquerades have ancestral powers and play an integral role in the tradition and governance of the village. Typically each village has an all powerful masquerade and the secret society of this masquerade is the most powerful body within the village. Masquerades are normally only seen during particular events such as annual dances, death celebrations etc. Death celebrations and annual dances usually occur during the months of November to February. LA-PUA ECO TOURISM GROUP This is a common initiatve group created in Bambalang village by some indigenes of the Village who saw the need to assist visitors have the best of their visit in Bambalang Village during their trip and to conserve environmental,cultural and agricultural heritage of the Bambalang people. The group has the following activities. • Promote communication and education about Ecotourism issues. • Provide an information and resource network for visitor’s residents, tour operators, resource managers, planners, educators, government agencies and other professionals. • Promote a visitor industry that is environmentally and culturally sensitive. • Promote community- based, sustainable economic development that benefits local residents. • Enhance visitors' experiences through effective interpretation. • Promote resource conservation. • Encourage repeat visitations, and longer stays. • Provide continuing education and professional development opportunities. Forms of Tourism Practiced by Communities in Bambalang i. Nature Tourism : This is tourism primarily supported by natural attractions. Thus it is visit to destinations featuring attractions such as wildlife, flora and fauna, beautiful Landscape, geographical features among others. Eg visit to the Baminjin Dam to se hippopotamus and the different Islands ii. Rural Tourism : This is visit and stay in places or destination areas perceived to be un influenced by urbanization and its impacts. Such places would be characterized by,low population density, subsistence and primary economic activities and unsophisticated community life styles. Tourists visit such places to experience and participate in rural life styles stay in rustic accommodation such as farmhouses, and participate in other activities. iii. Agricultural Tourism : This is visit to destination areas offering agriculture -based attractions such as plantations, farms, (Rice fields)and Livestock rearers. Tourists to these places enjoy the climatic conditions of the destination, learn its agricultural practices iv. Cultural Tourism: This is tourism characterized by visits to local communities perceived to still maintain and practice their ancestral traditions and cultural ways. Visitors to these destination are attracted by, the peoples' lifestyles, their cultural practices such as rite of passage and ceremonies, their economic activities among other aspects of community living. Activities undertaken here include participation in dance and music, festivals, buying souvenirs and artifacts and photography. Most of these tourism types have adopted ethical /normative approaches similar to ecotourism. It is important to note that sustainable tourism denotes all types of tourism, whether based on natural or human resources that contribute to sustainable development. Organigramme of the group ???? STILL TO WORK WITH Group members Names of the different sites in Bambalang still to be visited Guides still to be selected