What do you do when you can’t travel abroad? You look for local options! Domestic tourism has been the answer to some young travelers in Africa looking for an adventure amid the pandemic. Covid crisis has exposed Africa’s dependence on foreign travelers. In Cameroon for example a lot of hotels were obliged to close because no one were visiting? Why? Because most of the facilities are made for foreigners. A lot of locals don't have the financial means to travel and live real touristic experiences here. And this is why I'm here. To curate the best places to visit and teach you about how to save money while organising your trips in Cameroon. Domestic tourism can help the sector recover. So let's do it , let's make domestic tourism great again.
From Industrial Chocolate to Locally Made Chocolate
Do you know how to make chocolate? When you visit Oveng lodge camp (a beautiful eco tourism camp in Cameroon), you can participate in a chocolate making workshop. The young Master who gave us the workshop for 1h30 minutes is very professional and teaches you the technique step by step. The site is also housing a plantation where you can taste fresh cocoa. The young Master supervises, but the cocoa making is done by yourself: it was very interesting. In the end, you leave with your 100% pure cocoa chocolate. I should have come with a small reusable jar because I have already stopped using single use plastic. It was a nice surprise that this young man from the Village is fully supported by the Site Oveng, school, and training hotel and catering. If one wants to fight against the rural exodus, the education, social and professional insertion of  young people in activities generating income within their locality is important.
Teaching and educating about the principles of Sustainable travel and tourism in Cameroon.
As a new Community Ambassador for the Communities SGDs Ambassador Sustainability Objectives of the Youth Kmer Volunteers for SDGs program, throughout this year I will continue to teach and educate on the principles and tips of sustainable tourism. This tourism creates sustainable jobs in the community, respects the local culture and respects the environment. Obviously help, invest, work in synergy with other groups of young people to make a better Cameroon, a Cameroon where no one is left behind. The more I traveled, I realized I can not just travel without learning. I started to be a tourist and more I started to enjoy learning I started to enjoy sharing my travels journeys AS A CAMEROONIAN TRAVELER IN CAMEROON! I started to get involved I was doing while while traveling. To respect local cultures To protect the environment by going almost zero waste each time By teaching my travels After 5 years of local tourism with 3 included on sustainable tourism, 1 year as active contributor I have been selected as a SDGs Community Ambassador. So the initiative is to build a Community of responsible and sustainable travellers who will help the Government implement strategies to build a strong and sustainable tourism industry in Cameroon.
Help the local economy while travelling
.The story of this Kaba. For a cultural festival I needed traditional outfits. I could have taken some at home but the travel instructions came down the day before and were "travel light" Result i just take 1 that I wear before the big ceremony. The day before the official ceremony, I went to the market with my travel friend. Understand Nkongsamba is a shopping city. You will find everything. Absolutely everything. I bought and left 3 material at 11am at her cousin's. An amateur stylist I told her to have fun as its pleases her. At 17 am this outfit was ready. The other 2 ready the next day. What I like most about tourism is "leaving money on the spot", contributing to the local economy. Events like the Festival help boost the small and big business. Oh I also took a bag for my camera, it's the one hanging on my arm and that was very useful for 5 days :) Traveling is good Traveling useful is even better. # Tourism4Sdgs # SDGS8 #Cameroon #Cameroon #NKongsamba
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL DINING ON A TRAVEL Tourism and local consumption. Whenever I travel, I always consume local menus. That's to say if I'm in the North, I obviously eat rice couscous with vegetables, rice porridge. ➡️If I am in Central-Southeast, I eat vegetables, freshwater fish and beef. In coastal areas I eat seafood and marine species. Obviously Grassfield obviously couscous and all the sauces that accompany. The only things I eat are not the forbidden menus in my own culture (snake, palm tree rat for example) and the species that are forbidden to hunt / protected. If I have never tasted a dish, I will find out, respect my host and his culture. Why? I realized that eating and buying locally grown seasonal foods was much better. FoodThe local food is part of the culture. And traveling means learning and respecting culture, preserving heritage. Experiencing the local culture is a big part of traveling and trying traditional food is largely related to this cultural experience. Traditional foods are part of the heritage of a country or region and are deeply rooted in the memory of the local population. Responsible production and consumption is the way to go, according to # SDG12 FoodLocal Food supports the community, helps create decent jobs and boosts economic growth in line with # SDG 8. Supporting the local community is a very important aspect of the trip. Choosing to have a coffee in a local café, a snack in a street meal or a lunch at a local restaurant is a simple way to become a socially responsible tourist. Eating in local places supports local businesses and the local economy, while creating connections between locals and travelers. Travelers who stay only a few days in the same place may think that there is not enough time to build relationships, but eating will be part of the local community's perception of tourists and sometimes even nationalities.
Travellers 237 with no plastic
As a traveller, we need to practice a more sustainable way to follow our journey . As such, decision was made to stop using plastic single use bottles when travelling in Cameroon. Reusable bottles are a solution to be me responsible travellers.
uivante : français Did you know that tourism helps promote sustained, shared and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Tourism is one of the driving forces of global economic growth and today accounts for 1 in 11 jobs worldwide. Through access to decent work opportunities in the tourism sector, skills development and career progression are good for society, especially for young people and women. The more you travel and consume products derived from tourism, the more you help to create productive and permanent employment for all, and above all decent work for all. The famous breakfast on the train! So when we took this train we had already planned breaks crusts for the morning Barely embarked, a lady came to offer menus from the restaurant on board. We declined because we did not really want to eat in the middle of the night. By cons in the morning the smell that emanated from the restaurant ... Well we said why not. Result After the little morning wash, we went to 6h30-7h at the restaurant We just ordered: Eggs Garnis (sausage or sardine) + bread + hot drinks. Surprise will have been ours when the lady landed with 3 full trays Garnished omelettes + bread + croissant + cheese + fruit + hot drinks !!!!! Price 2,500 fcfa Taste: DEATH! Quantity: A lot! If we recommend? YES !!!!!!! In short yes you can embark with your meals for the morning, but if you wish not, there is a service on board Understand that if no one has lunch, this lady loses her income because will have unsold. The more you travel, the more you help support a growing economy. PS: The restaurant is also home to travelers on the road who have had no places to eat
I recently visited GORGES DE KOLA with my two friends . It's located in the Norther part of Cameroon , Guider, in a small village called KOLA We paid 500 fcfa per person and 1000 FCFA for non-nationals. We took the car from Garoua to Guider (1h30 drive) Then at the entrance of the village of Kola we went to the gorge where we paid 500 fcfa each A guide and 4 children drove us all along Hold this guide, the one we found is extremely talented in taking pictures! Just show him your phone or camera. He will hold the device all the way. We are in February, early dry season: we were dressed light and no jeans happily! We were able to move better! We were in sandals, we removed them at a time to climb better Do not worry the guide will tell you where to walk and how to walk to not fall. I encourage people to boost the local economy of KOLA by visiting this beautiful site , paying the entrance fees and some souvenirs will increase the economy. In accordance with SDGS 8, the more we visit and consume local products just like souvenirs locally made , the more we act through Sdgs, the more we will help the little village of Kola GORGES DE KOLA deserve to be part of the UNESCO's World Heritage List .