Day 3: Travel up to Bamenda
- Written by Keir Hammer
- Published: 27 May 2014
- Last Updated: 21 August 2014
With an elevation climb of over 6000 ft. we moved from the coastal to the grassland region of Cameroon.
The heat and humidity are not nearly as intense in this part of Cameroon, although it is still hot and dusty as the rainy season has not yet reached this area.
Cameroon is an amazing nation. The bulk of the population is hard-working, creative and very entrepreneurial. While much of their lives are very different from the Western “ideal,” they manage to make a reasonable living on very limited incomes. Food is everywhere—this is the breadbasket of West Africa and you are usually allowed to collect food from the field, although only for personal need, not to sell. Meat is a part of the diet, but it differs from the usual fare. Chickens are everywhere, and served as a source of eggs and meat. However, I don’t think everything tastes like chicken. We saw rodents of various kinds for sale at the side of the road (they just hold the dead animal up and wave it to attract your attention). I did not eat any rat or other rodent species, but did enjoy some roast goat and fresh fruit.
In contrast, medical care might not be so readily available, at least if it were not for the work of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. As we travelled for miles past thousands of people I was struck by the clear value of the Health Centres (both Primary and Integrated) that continue to expand in order to serve the medical needs of Cameroonians.