Cameroon To Gabon new photos added!!

Crossed the Cameroon border at Ikom, We decided to head for Buea and Mt Cameroon,but approx100kms further down the road the Blue beast developed a hole in the radiator and was leaking badly, so after yet more emergency repairs and water fillings,and being attacked by midges,we drove on to a small town called Nguti were we found a mechanic and a room for the night in the aptly named “Bemmas Hotel”but not before the heavens opened and we got absolutely drenched ,so obviously we had to take shelter in the nearest bar,with all the local guys,drinking warm beer and eating hard boiled eggs dipped in a strange spicy sauce,this seemed the safer option, as Mary reported seeing little monkey’s hands coming out of the “bush meat stew!” The mechanics managed to fix the leak (we think!)

Set off next morning quite promptly,hoping to get to Mt Cameroon for a quick hike (only joking)when after about 50kms on seriously muddy, potholed roads we heard a slight banging,before entering a large puddle and the wheel fell off ! All 5 bolts holding the spacer on to the hub had worked their way loose hidden by the wheel so although we had checked everything seemed ok,this was going to be fun!!

3 wheels on my wagon etc etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conversation went

Bloody hell what was that

Mike – “The wheels fallen off”

Emma – “It can’t have dont be stupid”

Mike – Its lying in the road i can see it in the mirror.

Emma”Ohh no”

 

 

Choice location as well

 

Poor Brett and Mary, must be wishing they had gone on ahead !! cutting a long story short Michael the mechanic/mudman managed to get it back on again,with us all trying to pass things getting stuck in the mud and consequently Bretts flip-flops breaking….fun and games.

 

The scenery has been spectacular in Cameroon with green and lush rainforest, palm and banana plantations it’s easy to see why though, as it’s rained everyday,so far. As you pass through the villages the children all shout “White-man, White-man” I’m not too sure if this is a complement or not! In Nigeria you felt as if they were saying “welcome” and smiling through gritted teeth,it’s a far more natural welcome here and I feel a lot more comfortable as a result.We’ve had a few roadblocks,but with little hassle.

Passed through Buea which is built into the side of Mt Cameroon,but have decided not to climb it,as originally planned,due to poor visibility ,rainy season and well actually just lack of fitness due to sitting in a Land rover for so long !!

So for now we have set up camp just outside Limbe ,whilst we try to catch up on admin,washing and car repairs and whoopee I get to speak to my girls again,whom I miss hugely,as I do everyone. strange beach very nice but black volcanic sand and road to hotel simply diverts as a track around the last lava flow from mount cameroon a few years ago.

 

Black sand ,hot steamy sea very odd


 

 

 

 

 

Regie Perrin lives on

Stayed near Limbe for a few day’s, a nice little town,went to a primate sanctuary,a sister outfit to the Drill Ranch in Nigeria,here we saw many more Mandrills, Chimps,Baboons which are being used to help education in an effort to reduce the killing of these animals for bush meat. We also had a particularly good Cheeseburger ,pizza and beers,after not having had the like for some time,this was heaven… in fact it was so good we even took a photo !

Food glorious food

 

 

The Blue Beast had a new head gasket fitted,having spent several hours with Oscar and Walter the mechanics,and seemed much happier with life. On reflection we think it was this failure which had possibly led to earlier radiator problems as it pressurised the cooling system. They also cured a long standing oil leak as the discovered a fracture in the oil filter housing which they eventually got welded in Limbe, being aluminium this was tricky and several people refused to try for fear of damaging the whole unit.

On our last night we got plagued by hundreds of large biting ants in our tent, discovered they were coming onto the roof via a tree branch . Problem was when you killed one there was a strong smell of almonds/ marzipan which clearly triggered the soldier ants into attack mode -probably one of our worst nights so far and due to lack of sleep tempers sure were frayed next day when we set of for Yaounde !

Managed to get visa’s for Gabon (very easily) no forms photos or anything just hand over fee and passports and collect next day – a taste of Gabon we were to discover. The Congo visa was not so easy, firstly Michael was turned away by the doorman for wearing flip-flops although we only wanted application forms and secondly when we were told to collect them at 3:00 pm the next day,upon arrival the same doorman told us they were shutting and with lots of shouting etc and Michael playing dumb and refusing to leave it was established if we wanted them we would have to pay more, 500 CFA for watchman 5000CFA for doorman we had no intention of waiting until after the weekend,so we had to oblige and they miraculously appeared from a drawer in his desk….yet another scam.

 

We enjoyed Yaounde, it had a nice feel to it ,compared with many other African cities we’ve been to ,hilly,green and spacious easy to get round, with some good restaurants, in particular a Turkish one ( a bit strange in Africa) and excellent Boulangerie’s……good to have nice bread again !

Have had plenty of thunderstorms and rain here, including a mini tornado which turned Brett&Mary’s tent inside out whilst also taking the school roof off, a soggy night was had by all.

 

We celebrated Brett’s birthday with Champagne, chocolate cake and a Chinese meal later in the day,all rather delicious after the basic grub of late.

 

Very dodgy bridge - Emma not happy at all, big drop!

 

Miles of this

 

And this - the Foret

 

 

6 thoughts on “Cameroon To Gabon new photos added!!

  1. Hi Guy’s
    sorry we missed you as we head north and passing ships in the night. Just to give you some info if you are heading to Brazzaville Congo and good old Hippocampe and very helpful Olivia. Please take this info on-board if you are trying to obtain a DRC and Angolan visa at Brazzaville………it is now impossible to obtain these visa’s several Overlanders stuck unable to obtain any visa for the DRC. We were lucky heading north and only just managed to get into the DRC at Matadi from Angola and it was a very very tense wait as the DRC offical phoned and several minutes went past before we were allowed into the DRC. All can changed as you know …but try and get these visa’s before Brazzaville if you can!!!!
    We have a contact to get your Angolan visa’s in Cape Town very efficient and hepful.
    Safe travels
    Chris Elayne and poor old Victor.
    http://www.ouradventurebug.com

    • hi
      finally got web link Got DRC visa in Lome – best ever applied in afternoon hand delivered to us next day at breakfast – if onlyall were the same.
      We are going to try allembassies for angola on the way then border if that fails will send passports back to UK as some SA freinds have just done – they got 1 month.

      If youneed any input going north let us know – one thing avoid senegal rosso ferry its everybit as bad as its reported go via road/ bridge.
      Off tyaounde later today waiting for som aluminium welding / repair.
      Regards

      mike & Emma

  2. Hi Guys Thanks for your info re Rosso ferry will take the bridge as you have advise.
    We have just got our Ghana visa here in Lome, and will then head off north looking forward to being cooler……
    Will email if we get stuck Oh did you go through Mali ????
    We are still trying to sort out the best way to go………
    Take care safe travels Cheers Chris & Elayne our email address is adventurebug@gmail .com

    • hi
      we came through cote d’ivoir and guinea as the coup in Mali had just happened followed by the one in guinea bissau – big diversion.
      You may be a bit of a surprise to officials but although they try it on we got by with being firm and polite.
      People in both were great though pleased to see visitors.
      for Mauritania get about 50 copies of your passports – you will need them!! demand for fiche (copy) every 20ks

      Regards
      mike & Emma

  3. Hi u 2 we set up camp today in finnisterre(right at the end of brittanny b4 you fall into the atlantic)!first place we’ve been with not only wi fi but FREE wifi.got to be the only thing in france that nis!!supermarket price for 3 lamb chops £11 ,we will be thinner than u by the time we leave.Your adventures sound gud(interesting) & company for awhile is no bad thing !nothing has fallen off our van as yet tho we did hav sticking brakes leaving last place!nearly foned bmw emergency service!’cos we didn’t hav access to local mech’s like what u have.here for a kupple of days so will luk out for u again.ps I was at matadi on a bp tanker when it all hit the fan many years ago.don’t suppose much has changed.luv u both.

  4. Don’t miss the ‘grilled fish’ on the beach in Limbe. Sold right from the fishermen’s boats. I don’t know if you are still in Limbe – but if you are there is a beautiful little hotel called ‘The Birdwatcher’s Club’. I spent last Christmas there!

    You’re doing really well! Keep going. x

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