Foumban Palace Ngoun Private Tour

Tour Number

Activity Level

69504


Categories

Other, Museums / Culture

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 2

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (advanced)

Bamum Inheritage


The Royal Palace of the Sultan of the Bamoun people (one of the biggest ethnic groups in Cameroon), in the town of Foumban, is certainly a place to visit when seeking to learn about the region's past and culture. It was built by Sultan (Mfon), Ibrahim Njoya (1876-1933) in 1917. The palace is the residence of the Bamoun Mfon, as well as those of his wives. Today, a museum can also be found within the palace. Mfon Ibrahim Njoya is considered the Bamoun's greatest sultan, having accomplished much during his rule. In addition to building the palace, he developed an independant system of writing for his own language, as well as one for a "court language. " He also contributed much to the education of his people by creating libraries and compiling collections of various documents. In the courtyard of the palace, there is an impressive statue of a mounted Islamic warrior. A major event that takes place once every year in Foumban is the Ngoun Festival.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at the Douala airport

Welcome and reception by me. Drive to hotel by taxi, Check into hotel, of your choice. Dinner and overnight (Depending on the time of arrival).

Day 2: Douala - Foumban
Breakfast and departure, palace of Foumban. Foumban is dominantly Islamic and ruled by a sultan. Visit the palace of the sultan and museum. Listen to the history of the 18 kings of the Bamoun dynasty, which is full of wars fought with the neighboring villages during Islamic raids. Visit to the Foumban colorful market and buy some traditional fabric. Lunch in town. Visit to the artisanal street and buy Bamoun crafts. The best souvenirs can be found here, in-case you will not wish to continue the tour, I will drop you off for departure at the Airport International Douala. END OF TOUR

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will pick you up from the airport.

End location: I will drop you off at the airport for your departure.

Duration: 2 days

Transportation

car, walking

What’s Included

Entrance Fee, for the museum.
In the west of the country, you have to visit Foumban, an important centre for African craftwork, which is also the chief town in the Bamoum area, the Muslim region of Cameroon. You must not miss a visit to the Sultan's palace and its museum to understand the history of the Bamoum dynasty. On Friday, you can also see the current Sultan go out. Go and see the sculptors in the rue des artisans, who are specialised in metalwork.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

100 usd - sourvenirs,tips for palace guides the kings entourage.

Restrictions

I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.This is the reason that we higher a professional driver to take us to our destinations.

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