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
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.
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Forest Elephant + PG Hunt Cameroon
In the Cameroon forest the main species are bongo, dwarf forest buffalo, yellow back duiker and giant forest hog. Numerous small duiker species including Peter's duiker, red flanked duiker, blue duiker, Bates's pygmy antelope are also huntable. Gorillas may also be seen and it is a real treat to see these special animals. These sightings along with the abundance of small duikers is a sure indication of an area rich in game that has not had much local poaching pressure. Abundant fresh sign along with photos obtained on trail cameras also show that there is a healthy population of forest elephant for those who wish to hunt elephant. Your package allows to harvest 1 Forest Elephant and you can choose 4 species from: Giant Forest Hog Red river hog Yellow Back Duiker Peter’s Duiker Bay Duiker Gabon Duiker Black fronted Duiker Blue Duiker Bate’s Pygmy Antelope
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 April 2020 31 July 2020
8 Days Medium Cameroon Safari Cameroon
This hunt is on 1 x 1 basis. Each professional hunter has his own vehicle and a team of trackers and porters. All safaris are scheduled with one or maximum three hunters per camp. On our 8-day safari, days 1 and 8 are transfer days. This means, there are 6 full days of hunting with some possible hunting on arrival and departure days, depending on domestic flights schedules.
Trip duration: 8 days
Hunting season: 18 December 2019 15 April 2020
Lord Derby Eland + 6 Species B/C Hunt Cameroon
The main species of the Savannah is the Lord Derby Eland. A magnificent creature, the Lord Derby Eland has a very impressive set of horns similar but much larger than the common eland. Its dark ruff and dewlap make it an impressive trophy and it is without doubt among Africa's finest trophies. The best time to hunt for eland is January to mid-March when the neck and mane hair is still dark and long. Your package allows to harvest 1 Long Derby Eland, and you can choose 6 species from: Bushpig (red river hog) Western Buffons Kob Baboon Bohor Reedbuck Hyena Western Hartebeest Warthog Oribi Grimms Duiker Red Flanked duiker
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 December 2019 30 April 2020
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