Cameroon is one of the few places where it is possible to see the strange Quail Plover. This one was photographed there by Simon Colenutt.
The superb African Swallow-tailed Kite at Mora in Cameroon by Lars Petersson.
Mount Cameroon Francolin, Bannerman’s Turaco, Banded Wattle-eye, Mount Cameroon Speirops and Bates's Weaver.
30 or so near-endemics (mostly shared with southeast Nigeria and/or the Gulf of Guinea island of Bioko) include Cameroon Olive Pigeon, Green-breasted and Mount Kupe Bushshrikes, Yellow-breasted Boubou, Mountain Sawwing, greenbuls, Bamenda Apalis, Green Longtail, Bangwa Forest, Black-capped Woodland and White-tailed Warblers, Crossley’s Ground Thrush, White-throated Mountain and Spotted Thrush Babblers, Ursula’s Sunbird, Bannerman’s Weaver, Red-headed (Woodhouse’s) Antpecker and Little (Shelley’s) Oliveback.
Quail Plover, Egyptian Plover, Bare-cheeked Trogon, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Black Bee-eater, Grey-headed and Rufous-sided Broadbills, and Red-headed Picathartes. Also a chance of Black Guineafowl, Long-tailed Hawk, Arabian and Savile’s Bustards, Brown-chested Lapwing, Vermiculated Fishing Owl, Fraser’s Eagle Owl, Sjostedt’s Owlet, Golden, Pennant-winged and Standard-winged Nightjars, Blue Cuckoo Shrike and Spotted Creeper.
African Swallow-tailed Kite, Black Crowned Crane, Grey Pratincole, African Skimmer, Abyssinian and Blue-bellied Rollers, and hornbills including White-crested, as well as Hartlaub’s Duck, francolins, Hadada Ibis, Hamerkop, Grasshopper and Red-necked Buzzards, White-bellied Bustard, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Senegal Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Great Blue, Green, Violet, White-crested and Yellow-billed Turacos, cuckoos, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Bar-tailed and Narina’s Trogons, kingfishers, bee-eaters, woodhoopoes, barbets, woodpeckers, Chestnut and Yellow-bellied Wattle-eyes, Senegal Batis, Black-headed Gonolek, shrikes including Emin’s, Bates’s and Red-bellied Paradise Flycatchers, Piapiac, swallows including White-throated Blue, Sennar Penduline Tit, greenbuls, Oriole Warbler (Moho), Cricket Warbler, Banded and River Prinias, Tit Hylia, Vanga Flycatcher, Heuglin’s Wheatear, Black Scrub Robin, robin chats, alethes, akalats, starlings including Chestnut-bellied and White-collared, sunbirds including Pygmy, Oriole Finch, Sudan Golden Sparrow, malimbes, weavers, firefinches, pytilias, Dybowski’s Twinspot and Exclamatory Paradise Whydah. Also a chance of Saddle-billed Stork and White-spotted Flufftail.
Giraffe, Roan, Topi, Red-fronted Gazelle, and Guereza Colobus, Preuss’s Red Colobus, Crowned, Red-capped Mangabey, Mona, Patas, Putty-nosed and Red-tailed Monkeys. Also a chance of African Elephant, Lion and Sand Fox, and an outside chance of Drill.
February-March, when many of the resident bird species are at their most active and attractive, at the beginning of their breeding seasons, before the heavy rains of the wet season which usually lasts from May to August. Many bird migrants from the north are also still present in far northern Cameroon during February and March.
Birds of Western Africa by N Borrow and R Demey. Helm, due 2014 (Second Edition).
Birds of Africa south of the Sahara by I Sinclair and P Ryan. C Struik, 2011 (Second Edition).
The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals by J Kingdon. Bloomsbury, 2015 (Second Revised Edition).
The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals by J Kingdon. Bloomsbury, 2016 (Second Edition).
Primates of West Africa by John F Oates. Conservation International, 2011.
The Kingdon Guide to African Mammals.
Where to watch birds in Africa by N Wheatley. Helm, 1995.
Don’t know which country/countries to visit in Africa? Then it may be worth considering taking a look at this book, written by this website’s author. It is many years old of course but it still provides a starting point, an overview and a guiding light to the best birds and the best places to look for them on the continent, and could save hours of searching for similar information on the internet. However, it is important to check more up-to-date sources for sites which have been opened up, sites and species which have been discovered, lodges that have been built etc. since the book was published.
Many trip reports, some for Cameroon, are posted on the websites listed here. On some of these websites some reports are independent and some are posted by tour companies who organize tours to Cameroon. These tour companies and others also post their own reports on their websites, which are listed under 'Some Organized Tours to Cameroon' below.
The costs of organized tours partly reflect the quality of the tour leaders. Some leaders are certainly better than others and many companies claim their leaders are the best but even the best rely at least to some extent on the exceptional skills of the local guides they employ. If you are travelling independently, employing such local guides will greatly increase your chances of seeing the wildlife you wish to see.
There are many tour companies who organize tours to see mammals, birds, other wildlife and other natural wonders. The cost of these tours vary considerably according to such variables as the airlines used, the number of days the tours last, the number of sites visited, the number of people in the group (an important consideration if you wish to see such wildlife as rainforest mammals and birds), the number of tour leaders, the standard of accommodation and transport, and the percentage profit the company hopes to make. Generally, where the number of days tours last and the number of sites visited are similar, the cheapest tours are those that use the cheapest airlines, accommodation and local transport, that have the largest groups with the least number of leaders, and that make the least amount of profit. The most expensive tours tend to be those which are exceptionally long, use the most expensive accommodation (ridiculously lavish in some cases, even for single nights) and which make the most profit. Some tour costs partly reflect the quality of the tour leaders. Some leaders are certainly better than others and many companies claim their leaders are the best but even the best rely at least to some extent on the exceptional skills of the local guides they employ.
While tour companies organize tours with set itineraries many also organize custom tours for individuals and private groups who instead of taking a tour with a set itinerary want to follow their own itinerary to suit their own personal tastes, whether it be mammals, birds, other wildlife, other natural wonders or even man-made attractions, or a mixture of them all. Many organized tours with set itineraries are also fast-paced and target as many species as possible, whether they are mammals, birds or other wildlife or everything, which usually leaves little time to enjoy the best sites and individual species, but on a custom tour those taking part can specify the pace and the sites and species they wish to concentrate on. Custom tours also suit people who like to travel with people they already know, rather than with a group of strangers, and people with partners with different interests. Individuals and small groups will almost certainly have to pay more than the price of an organized tour with a set itinerary but a large group of friends may be able to travel for less than the price quoted for a set tour.
Tour companies who run organized tours or can arrange custom tours to Cameroon include the following.