Cameroon is a top destination for hunting Africa’s largest and most magnificent spiral-horned antelopes, the bongo and the giant eland
Cameroon has excellent populations of game found in few other places in Africa, such as western roan, West African savanna buffalo, and many varieties of duikers
Hunting in Cameroon will appeal to the adventurous hunter looking for a true challenge and an unforgettable experience in a part of Africa few tourists ever get to see
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About hunting in Cameroon
A medium-size country along the west coast of Africa, Cameroon features diverse terrain, a variety of ecosystems, and an abundance of wildlife. The southernmost part of the country is covered in thick rain forests that are home to bongo, dwarf forest buffalo, giant forest hog, western sitatunga, and several varieties of forest duikers. As you move northward, the forest gives way to a gallery forest/savanna ecosystem in the central part of the country, and true savanna in the far north. The northern half of the country holds Central African giant eland, western roan, western hartebeest, sing-sing waterbuck, Nigerian bohor reedbuck, harnessed bushbuck, western kob, red-flanked duiker, West African bush duiker, elephant, korrigum, and West African savanna buffalo. Animals are split into groups for hunting purposes, and your license allows you two animals from Group 1, which includes the most desirable species such as elephant, buffalo, eland, and bongo. Your license also allows you to take four animals from Group II, which includes various species of antelope and pigs.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
Visas and Firearms Permits
All visitors to Cameroon are required to obtain a visa in advance from the Cameroon embassy, which takes at least seven days to process. You must submit your passport, two to four passport photos, a copy of your itinerary, proof of required vaccinations, a bank statement or letter of invitation, and the fee. You also need to secure your firearms permit in advance from the Cameroon embassy, which you can do at the same time you request your visa. For this form, you’ll need to submit a US Customs 4457 form for your firearm as well as a letter from your doctor attesting to your good health, and pay the fee.
For more details, check out applications for visas and firearms permits.
Malaria prophylaxis is essential when traveling to Cameroon. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is also required, and in some cases a polio vaccination may also be required. Check with your doctor to make sure all other recommended vaccines are up to date. Cameroon has a hot, humid, tropical climate, and many tropical diseases are endemic, especially in the rain forest regions.
Most international flights arrive in Douala from Paris or Brussels. Your outfitter’s representative should meet you at the airport and assist you in clearing your firearm. French is typically spoken in Cameroon, and euros are more widely accepted than U.S. dollars; be prepared with small tips in euros for those who assist you through the firearms-clearing process. You will then travel to your hunting area via a domestic flight, a charter flight, a vehicle, or any combination of the three.
Cameroon’s hunting is conducted in large hunting blocks, and camps are semi-permanent with accommodations usually consisting of adobe buildings or thatched-roof huts.
Most hunting in Cameroon is extremely challenging, particularly hunts for bongo and eland. Eland hunting requires many miles of walking in intense heat, usually over a number of days. Bongo hunts also require a great deal of walking and take place in the rain forest, where the vegetation is extremely thick. Shots in the rain forest are usually at very close range. Most eland hunts take place between January and March, and bongo hunts are usually best in late April or early May.
Gear for safaris in the savanna area of the country is similar to what is needed in other areas of Africa, but be prepared for extremely hot weather. If you are hunting in the rain forest, you will need several extra changes of clothes and two pairs of boots, since clothing and boots take a long time to dry in the humid conditions.
After the hunt
Typically, animals are skinned at the safari headquarters and all skins are cleaned and salted; skulls and horns are cleaned and buried in salt. Because of the humid climate,, special care should be taken to keep skins and skulls clean and dry. Before leaving camp, it’s a good idea to ensure the skulls and skins are properly tagged with the hunter’s name and contact information. At the end of the season, trophies will be prepared for export and shipping.
Be sure you have arranged with your outfitter for the required export permits, as well as any CITES permits that may be needed for exporting certain species. In addition, enhancement permits are now required for import of some animals into the USA. Many export and import requirements have undergone dramatic changes in recent years, so to ensure you have the most up-to-date information, it’s a good idea to use the services of an expediter or customs house that specializes in hunting trophies.
Top hunts All hunts (39)
7 day Smaller Antelope Safari 1x1 Cameroon
Since 1995 hunting has been selective and very conservative, which resulted in a dense game population and record-able trophies. The trophy lengths of the collected Derby elands all exceed 461/2 inches or 118 cm (Rowland Ward: spiral measurement) with a record, shot in 1997, of 531/4 inches or 137 cm. (Cameroon n° 1 (Rowland Ward ed. 2002)). The length of the lions varies from 1121/2 to 1196/8 inches (285 to 303 cm). The trophies of the western roans are between 24 and 299/8 inches (61 and 76 cm) and those of western Bushbuck 99/8 and 15 inches (25 and 38 cm). This safari is 7 days long and includes 4 different species from group II. and group III. Group II.: Western hartebeest, Waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Western kob, Red river hog, Warthog Group III.: Western bush duiker, Red Flanked duiker, Oribi, Baboon, Civet, White-tailed mongoose, Genet, Ichneumon (Egyptian mongoose), Python, Viper, Spotted hyena One single animal per species and only males can be shot.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 May 2021
Cameroon Savannah Plains Game 1x1 Cameroon
Best time is from 15 December to 15 April. You will be hunting with your dedicated PH and his team of trackers and gun bearers, and will be using a hunting vehicle to move in within the area. Usual way to hunt is to walk or drive around looking for a fresh track, and to follow it up on foot until we find the specimen hunted that day. Sometime the animal can be also spotted and stalked. The package is operating under C/ Secondary Species only hunting license and allows to harvest 4 species. The price includes hunting 6 days on 1x1, 2x1 hunting - $9000/hunter
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 15 Dec 2020 15 Apr 2021
10 day Buffalo / Roan / Hippo Hunt Cameroon
Since 1995 hunting has been selective and very conservative, which resulted in a dense game population and recordable trophies. The trophy lengths of the collected Derby elands all exceed 461/2 inches or 118 cm (Rowland Ward: spiral measurement) with a record, shot in 1997, of 531/4 inches or 137 cm. (Cameroon n° 1 (Rowland Ward ed. 2002)). The length of the lions varies from 1121/2 to 1196/8 inches (285 to 303 cm). The trophies of the western roans are between 24 and 299/8 inches (61 and 76cm) and those of western bushbuck 99/8 and 15 inches (25 and 38 cm). This Safari is 10 days long on a 2x1 basis for Buffalo, Roan and Hippo (group I.) and 4 other single species from group II. or III. Group I.: Northwestern buffalo, Hippopotamus, Western roan, Western bushbuck Group II.: Western hartebeest, Waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Western kob, Red river hog, Warthog Group III.: Western bush duiker, Red Flanked duiker, Oribi, Baboon, Civet, White-tailed mongoose, Genet, Ichneumon (Egyptian mongoose), Python, Viper, Spotted hyena One single animal per species and only males can be shot.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 May 2021
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