End of Year Festivals in Douala and Foumban

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The Ngondo festival in Douala takes place every end of year and the Ngouon festival of the Bamoun people takes place once every 2 years. The tour will start in Douala along the banks of the river wouri which was the main entry river of the Portuguese explorers led by Fernando and here they found many prawns and named the Rio dos Camarões (river of prawns) which latter resulted to the name of the country Cameroon. On this day the people of Douala gather at the river to receive the message for the next year from the gods. Among the activities will be performance of traditional dances and canoe race by groups from different localities in Douala. The Ngouon festival on its part brings together Muslims and Christians of the Bamoun community in the western region of Cameroon to show case their culture and traditions. Activities includes traditional dances, visit to touristic sites, women caravans, trade fair and sporting activities which will last for 8 days.
Day 1: The tour will start in Douala on 02 December at the banks of the wouri river where the people of Douala and environs will gather in their numbers to witness the rich cultural values of the Duala people. Dressed in colorful fabrics in the various stands you can clearly see how much value is attributed to this festival. Around 9 am the paramount chief of Douala alongside notables and administrative officials arrive the ngondo festival ground where the population must have gathered in their numbers. This festival also provides an opportunity to the many companies in Douala to advertise their products. Activities for the day includes the chief priest who will submerge himself into the bottom of the river with a traditional basket said to carry the to perform a ritual that is intended to receive message from the gods of the river to direct the people for the proceeding year. Also the traditional dances will display in the view of everybody. The canoe race involves groups from different localities of Douala who will compete by sailing their long canoes into the hinterlands of the wouri river and back to the shore where the competitors will celebrate by portraying their swimming skills to the public.Day 2,  8:30 am departure to Foumban that will take 6-7 hours drive. We arrive and go directly to the chosen hotel. Day 3, 8:30 am morning visit to some touristic sites before heading to the ngouon festival ground for the opening concert made up of modern and traditional dances.Day 4, 8:00 we watch a semi marathon, visit the numerous craft shops and during the afternoon we go to the municipal lake to see the traditional fighting sport.Day 5, continue visit to some touristic sites and there after  walk around the village.Day 6 is dedicated for women activities starting with morning caravan of bamoun women and thereafter we go to the mini agropastoral trade fair. 3 pm we go to watch the finals of the women football competition. Day 7 begins with a showcase of the traditional dresses which are so colorfully tailored made with different designs both new and ancient. at 10 am there is a fantasia and the ngouon village and 1 pm is prayer time where we will watch the caravan of colorful horses accompanying the sultan to the central mosque before heading to the lunching ceremony of the ngouon village by the minister of arts and culture. Day 8 we return to Douala and end of tour.

What’s included

  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What’s not included

  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)

Itinerary

Day 1: The tour will start in Douala on 02 December at the banks of the wouri river where the people of Douala and environs will gather in their numbers to witness the rich cultural values of the Duala people. Dressed in colorful fabrics in the various stands you can clearly see how much value is attributed to this festival.  Around 9 am the paramount chief of Douala alongside notables and administrative officials arrive the ngondo festival ground where the population must have gathered in their numbers. This festival also provides an opportunity to the many companies in Douala to advertise their products.  Activities for the day includes the chief priest who will submerge himself into the bottom of the river with a traditional basket said to carry the to perform a ritual that is intended to receive message from the gods of the river to direct the people for the proceeding year. Also the traditional dances will display in the view of everybody. The canoe race involves groups from different localities of Douala who will compete by sailing their long canoes into the hinterlands of the wouri river and back to the shore where the competitors will celebrate by portraying their swimming skills to the public. Day 2,  8:30 am departure to Foumban that will take 6-7 hours drive. We arrive and go directly to the chosen hotel.  Day 3, 8:30 am morning visit to some touristic sites before heading to the ngouon festival ground for the opening concert made up of modern and traditional dances. Day 4, 8:00 we watch a semi marathon, visit the numerous craft shops and during the afternoon we go to the municipal lake to see the traditional fighting sport. Day 5, continue visit to some touristic sites and there after  walk around the village. Day 6 is dedicated for women activities starting with morning caravan of bamoun women and thereafter we go to the mini agropastoral trade fair. 3 pm we go to watch the finals of the women football competition.  Day 7 begins with a showcase of the traditional dresses which are so colorfully tailored made with different designs both new and ancient. at 10 am there is a fantasia and the ngouon village and 1 pm is prayer time where we will watch the caravan of colorful horses accompanying the sultan to the central mosque before heading to the lunching ceremony of the ngouon village by the minister of arts and culture.  Day 8 we return to Douala and end of tour.
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