Lake Nyos - Bamenda - Private Tour

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Activity Level



City, Museums / Culture, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 2



English (fluent), French (advanced)

the killer lake

Lake nyos is a few square kilometres in area, and is around 200 m deep. It is situated in the crater formed from the collapse of the pipe feeding a now extinct volcano. The lake is compositionally stratified, with fresh water in the upper 50 m and heavier sodium and carbon dioxide rich water below that. The water below 180 m is particularly rich in sodium and carbon dioxide. Most of the sodium and carbon dioxide come from numerous sodium-bicarbonate bearing springs - derived from an underlying magma chamber - feeding into the bottom of the lake. In August of 1986 some event - perhaps a mudslide, heavy rain or wind blowing across the lake - caused the water column to be disturbed. Some of the deep carbon dioxide rich water moved towards surface where it was subjected to lower pressure. The dissolved carbon dioxide quickly converted to carbon dioxide gas and rushed to the surface starting a chain reaction of degassing the deeper water. It is a huge cloud of carbon dioxide spilled over the lake's outlet.


visiting some survivor families of the Lake Nyos Gas disaster of 1986. It should be noted that the lake exploded in August 1986 and killed about 1700 persons and many animals. This was attributed to a very toxic gas that accumulated on the floor of the lake.

Day 2
Continue interacting with these survivors in the early part of the day.
Day 3
travel to douala to the airport. End of tour.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meet you at the airport

End location: Drop you off at the airport

Duration: 3 days

weather, Traffic



What’s Included

My service as a tour operator , the service of a driver and a car, fueling, lodging.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

500 USD - for your souvenirs and extra personal expenditures.

What’s Extra

Snacks and any African souvenirs


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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