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Introduction

Cameroon is the whole Africa in a miniature: there are both rainforests, and marshy sites along with the typical African savanna. Cameroon has played an important role in establishing the trophy hunting in Africa, along with Central African Republic and Tanzania. It is one of the best African destinations. Cameroon’s fauna is extremely various. One can get a magnificent collection of different antelopes and also add trophies of the Big Five. In the rain forests, in the South and the southeast of Cameroon, hunters can harvest a forest elephant. Hunting of this animal is a real adventure demanding good physical shape and endurance.

Yellow fever vaccine is necessary before the trip to this country and while in Cameroon one should take the preventive drugs from malaria. There is a restriction on hunting weapon import - no more than two units per hunter and no more than 50 cartridges per weapon unit.

Hunting season

Hunting season in the rainforest area lasts since the end of May until the end of July while in the savanna hunting hunt is during the droughty season from the end of December to the middle of May.

Trophy

Big Five trophies

West African savanna buffalo

West African savanna buffalo

This buffalo is smaller than Central African buffalo and horns are of different shape. Shape of the horns can be compared to ones of the forest buffalo but they are longer and more massive. This buffalo stands 45 – 50 in high and weighs 620 – 880 lb. Color can range from blackish brown to red and light brown. Individuals with different color can be found even within one group.

Lion

Lion

Lion is the largest African cat and the second largest in the world after tiger. It weighs between 400 and 500 pounds and stands nearly 4 feet at the shoulder and measures about 10 feet from muzzle to tail. The fur color is most often golden beige; however it can vary from gray to dark reddish brown. The male usually has a long mane on the head, shoulders and breast but there are individuals without it. Color of a mane differs from light to black. Lions live in prides which consist of females related to each other and youngsters, and also one or several adult males. Quite often males form bachelor’s groups. The animal is capable of running with a speed up to 40 km/h for a short distance. The quality of a trophy is defined by the existence of a long beautiful mane; however the size of a body and skull also matters.

African forest buffalo

African forest buffalo

The African forest buffalo is a smaller variety of African buffalo. It weighs 550–705 lb. and stands 41 – 45 in. This subspecies has reddish brown color that is darker in the facial area. The muzzle is narrow and straight. African forest buffalo have much smaller horns than the Cape buffalo and they rarely fuse. Ears are very hairy.

African forest elephant

African forest elephant

Generally, these forest-dwelling elephants are smaller and darker than their savanna relatives. A male African forest elephant rarely exceeds 8.2 ft. in height. African forest elephant has tusks that are straighter and point downward, unlike the savanna elephant that have curved tusks. Forest elephants have smaller, more rounded ears than the bush elephant. African forest elephants travel in smaller groups than other elephant species. A typical group size consists of 2 to 8 individuals. The average family unit is 3 to 5 individuals, usually made up of female relatives.

Trophies

White- bellied duiker

White- bellied duiker

It is a medium size sand-colored duiker with a long narrow muzzle, long black stripe on the back and yellow spots on the upper legs. Both sexes have horns. Females are smaller with smaller horns. It stand 51 cm at the shoulders and weighs 18 kg.

Bongo

Bongo

Bongos are one of the largest of the forest antelopes and can weigh from 350 to 800 lb. Adult height us 3.6 – 4.3 ft at the shoulders. Horns are slightly spiraled and are around 30 – 39 in. In addition to the deep chestnut color of their coats, they have bright white stripes on their sides to help with camouflage. Bongo has a short, bristly, brown ridge of hair from the shoulder to the rump; the white stripes run into this ridge.

Western hartebeest

Western hartebeest

It is a rather big hartebeest. Average adults stand 4.6 ft tall at the shoulder and weigh 320 lb. Its coat is fawn-colored, ranging from tan to dark brown. It has a small hump at the front shoulders. It has slim legs and a very narrow face. Both sexes have horns they generally grow sideways out from the head, before curving forward, then inward and backward. The horns are terminated by sharp tips.

Lord Derby eland (giant eland)

Lord Derby eland (giant eland)

Giant elands are spiral-horned antelopes. Giant eland is larger than the common eland and is thus the largest species of antelope in the world. They typically stand approximately 4.3 to 5.9 ft at the shoulder. The males weigh 880 to 2,200 lb and females weigh 660 to 1,320 lb. The tail is long with dark tuft of hair. The smooth coat is reddish-brown to chestnut. . The color of the male's coat darkens with age.

It is a great trophy. Hunting is interesting but not easy. Stalking can take weeks – antelope disappears as soon as it feels any danger. One should be physically fit for this two-three week hunt.

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus is a large, semiaquatic animal with barrel-shaped body, short legs and very little hair. It weights from 2870 to 5860lb. and stands at the shoulder 140-152 cm. The head is huge and the animal can open its mouth at almost 180°. Well-developed canines form a terrible weapon. The eyes, ears, and nostrils of hippos are placed high on the roof of their skulls that allows the animal to almost completely disappear under water. The skin is thick and dark. This gregarious animal lives in groups with up to 30 individuals. Males can be solitary. Males establish control over herd and the territory, furiously battling with each other. Their main weapon is canines; quite often battle ends with serious injuries or even death. Hippopotamuses are perfectly adapted for aquatic life style; they are great swimmers and divers. During the day, they remain cool by staying in the water while at dusk they go to graze. It is a herbivorous animal with a good hearing and sense of smell, and normal eye sight. Can run very fast and can be dangerous to people, especially if wounded. A trophy is the lower canines but unfortunately their sizes are difficult to estimate in advance.

Blue duiker

Blue duiker

The blue duiker is a small antelope; in fact, it is the smallest duiker. It reaches 11 -13 in. at the shoulder and weighs nearly 7.7–12 lb. This little grayish antelope has shiny skin and tiny spiky horns with grooves at the base.

Yellow-backed duiker

Yellow-backed duiker

Yellow-backed duikers stand taller at the rump than the shoulders. They weigh in about 60–80 kg. They have very short horns, which are cylindrical and ribbed at the base. An orange crest of hair can be found between their horns. Skin is very dark but there is a characteristic patch of yellow hairs on their rump, which stand when the duiker is alarmed or feels threatened. Yellow-backed duikers are the most widely distributed of all duikers.

Ogilby’s duiker

Ogilby’s duiker

The Ogilby's duiker is a small antelope and one of the less studied subspecies. Ogilby's duikers weigh up to 44 lb and have a shoulder height of up to 22 in. They vary in color from chestnut to mahogany to deep brown, and have massive hindquarters typical of duikers. Ogilby's duikers live mainly in high-altitude rainforests.

Giant forest hog

Giant forest hog

The giant forest hog is the largest living species of suid. Adults stand 2 ft 6 in to 3 ft 7 in. in height at the shoulder, and can weigh from 220 to 606 lb. The giant forest hog has extensive dark hairs on its body, though these tend to become less pronounced as the animal ages. Its ears are large and pointy, and the tusks are proportionally smaller than those of the warthogs, but bigger than those of the bushpig. It is not easy to hit a giant forest hog and most often it is harvested by chance during other hunts.

Peter’s duiker

Peter’s duiker

The Peters' duiker is a small antelope. Peters's duikers weigh about 40 lb on average, and are about 20 in at the shoulder. They have grey-brown coats. Peters's duikers live in dense undergrowth in mountain rainforests.

Western roan antilope

Western roan antilope

It is a greyish- brown color animal with a chestnut front.

Harnessed bushbuck

Harnessed bushbuck

This is the smallest of all bushbucks. Its height is 66-75 cm, weight from 32 to 45 kg. it is a chestnut color animal with very distinctive stripes and dots chestnut hide. Females are generally lighter.

Red-flanked duiker

Red-flanked duiker

The red-flanked duiker is a very graceful duiker. At the height of about 15 to 18 in it weighs 26 to 31 lb. It is bright yellow-brown with bluish-grey stripe going along the spine from the nose to the tail and the lower part of the legs is the same color. A tuft of black hairs grows between the horns. Chin, throat, and a stomach are of a light or white color, the tip of a tail is black. Males have short backward-pointing horns grooved at the base.

Tsessebe

Tsessebe

Tsessebe is a medium size antelope weighing 137 kg on average and standing 119-122 cm at shoulders. Their bodies are chestnut brown with a purple tint. Horns are not big with both sexes and they are grooved with the exception of their tips. Antelopes live in family groups or small herds of 8-10 individuals. Generally they are active in the morning and in the evening. Tsessebe is a very curious animal. Despite clumsy appearance, t it is capable of running long distances. This antelope has a beautiful skin, however the horns are unattractive as quite often it is harvested by accident while hunting for other animals. Being very curiosity the animal let the hunter quite close to itself.

Black-backed duiker

Black-backed duiker

The black-backed duiker is a medium size antelope. They reach 17–19 in at the shoulder and the typical weight range is from 40 to 51 lb. Both sexes possess a pair of spiky horns. Both sexes have a bright reddish-brown coat. The ventral parts and the flanks are all reddish brown, and the legs dark brown. A notable feature of this duiker is the well-pronounced solid stripe of black extending from the back of the head to the tail.

Black-fronted duiker

Black-fronted duiker

Black-fronted duiker is a medium size antelope which weigh 31–40 lb and its shoulder height is 17 in. The black-fronted duiker got its name from the broad black streak that runs from the nose to its forehead. It has a glossy coat which is deep reddish-mahogany to a lighter orange-chestnut in color; the hair becomes darker on the long legs. It has a short tail which is black with a white tip. Both sexes have short, pointed horns. Their elongated hooves are adapted for the wet habitats.

Also the list of trophies includes baboon, civet, spotted hyena, oribi, kob antelope, warthog, sitatunga.

Hunting territories

Cameroon can be divided into two main hunting regions: North (savanna) and South (forests). Northern territories are generally covered with savannas with small areas of thin forest and woods. Such rare trophy animal as East African Eland and also a huge variety of antelopes can be found here. This region is located between two national parks that explain the animal variety, good trophy qualities and total number of animals.

The hunting region in the South is covered with forests. One of the southern concessions, Bumba, is completely isolated from civilization. 40% of licenses for shooting African forest buffalo and sitatunga (murshbuck) are issued in this concession. South areas are also good for getting various dukers , Bates’s pygmy antelope, bush pig and also a giant forest pig. Forest elephants are found here.

Hunting process

All-wheel car are used for transportation within the concessions. As soon as the hunting territory is reached, further hunting is carried out on foot. The terrain is quite easy. All concessions are open territories. Hunting in rainforests is exclusively on foot. So hunter should be in a good physical shape and have enough strength. It is forbidden to use bait in Cameroon, so the lion hunt is from approach only.

Route

There are no direct flights from USA to Cameroon so there will be a layover in Europe. Flights are offered by Air France, KLM, and Lufthansa. When hunting in the northern region you will fly to Garoua and then transferred to the camp by car which takes 3-4 hours. For hunting in the southern concessions the charter plane transfer from the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde, is used. The flight takes about half an hour.

Accommodations

Hunting camps in northern Cameroon are stationary constructions. These are convenient bungalows with AC . Often the camps are built on banks of the rivers and have pools. Dishes from the French cuisine are served, a lot of meat dished cooked with the antelope meat. Camps in the southern Cameroon are primarily tent, sometimes even fly camps are used.

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