Welcome to Mandara Mountains
The villages that dot these ranges are as captivating as the vistas they are built on, including Rhumsiki, with its striking mountain scenery; Djingliya and Koza, set against steep terraced hillsides; Tourou, known for the calabash hats worn by local women; and Maga, with its domed houses made entirely of clay. Mora has a particularly notable weekly market. Hiking between villages is one of the best ways to appreciate the scenery and culture alike.
Rhumsiki is the main entrance point for visitors to the Mandara Mountains, and is the one place where there's a tangible feel of a tourist scene (although in Cameroon this is a relative term).
There's accommodation in Rhumsiki, Mokolo, Mora, Waza, Maga and a few other villages, but otherwise no infrastructure. If you're travelling independently, allow plenty of time and plan to be self-sufficient with food and water. Local minibuses usually set off around 6am. Moto-taxis are sometimes the only option for getting around.
For those with limited time, travel agencies in Maroua can organise visits, although it's just as easy to arrange things on the spot in Rhumsiki or Mokolo, which will ensure that more of the money you spend is pumped directly into the local economy. Expect to pay around CFA9000 per day, including guide, simple meals and accommodation.