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Old 12-17-2011, 02:53 AM   #94
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Ring Road

The 370 km Ring Road is the most famous piste in Cameroon, crossing a very diverse ethnographic area, home to many of the 280 distinct tribes in the country. We stock on food for the 3-4 days offroading: potatoes, vegs, grasshoppers, fruits.


Yam mountains in Bamenda market










First day: we drive on the piste to Bafut, where we opt out of visiting the local chief compound, because of the tourist tax worthy of a major european museum.


Veggies and grasshopper salad for lunch.


Lea practices for Dakar




We Falls




Delphine
One has to earn the perfect camping spot. So after a dignified struggle up on a hill covered in wild flowers and thyme and after some intense machete-gardening, we pitch our tent by a pepper tree and a guava. We would wake up with the most incredible view.


Morning grooming. Delphine






The locals are herders and they look rather north-african. Mohammed and his sons pay us a pleasant visit in the morning.


The countryside is so beautiful that it's soothing to our recent memories of Nsanaragati.


Lake Bamendjing, that famously has a gas pouch on the bottom.


Delphine


Delphine
The second day the track becomes almost unpassable at times, with huge holes and ravines that run through the middle of the road. Jacques graciously allows me to drive for the first half of the day and even if it's a tough job, I am having a lot of fun doing it.












Delphine
In the evening we camp on the edge of a mountain. We start roasting our sweet potatoes and the excellent beef we got from a butcher in a village. We are soon surrounded by a large muslim family, complete with the two wives and many kids. They give us some space to eat or dinner though, only to visit us again the next morning.




The third day we get going quite late, having to struggle with a leaking differential. The road feels smoother and it twists and turns among logged hills, rice paddies and tea plantations.


The green curvy landscape reminds us of our homeland mountains in summer.


Delphine


We have lunch in Nkambe: rice, beef stew, chicken, boiled plantain and ero


With our now impeccable sense of finding the right place, we pitch our tent in another super place. On the edge of a eucalyptus forest, with a breathtaking view of the surroundings: villages are dotting green mountains and we see cattle returning home and sun setting down in an explosion of colors.


Delphine


At over 2300m, the air is fresh and cold. A warm shower, a fire, a Bordeaux and a plate of cabbage with beef - cooked with local ingredients - complete a memorable day.
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