AWING, North West Region of Cameroon: A Tourist Haven
by Tangwing Pius Monji
Awing: A tourist Haven in Cameroon.
AWING, A TOURIST HAVEN in Cameroon
Awing evokes prompt images of indomitable explorers, buried treasures, fragrant spices and sloe-eyed Arabian princesses, memories of childhood stories and tales of adventures and exploration leap into their minds at the mere mention of the place. The valleys of Awing with their spiced laden farms, cattle ranches, huge rocks, caves, bush vegetation and enduring people is a paradise of sights, sounds and romance that cries out for the poets pen. Its history is engraved on stones.
Awing is where the undulating landscape and houses hanging on the crest of hills exhibit the endurance of the population. The forest reserve surrounding Lake Awing is home to the most cherished red feathered bird, Bannermansturaco.
Awing is a home of extremes where visitors can live traditional music and dance, ancient history incredible hills and rare terrestrial wild-life.
The amicable villagers are always happy to share their history and heritage with visitors and to escort them around the fondom. Tours to ancient ruins, buildings and markets add to the magic of the land. Its internal road network further enhances and facilitates the rounds of a visitor. Almost every home can be reached by a vehicle.
The remote are of the fondom is slowly being developed for tourists. The extension of the Bamenda highlands forest conservation project is an impetus enough to attract visitors.
It is rich in farming and wild-life. “Agheb-le” has several ethnic groups with diverse dialects drawn from Bafut, and Bamenkumbit. Despite the diversity, they remain peaceful and united by a common Awing culture. Not withstanding the heterogeneity they are daring proud people who warmly welcome the world to the beautiful destination. Though a bit enclaved a giant plank bridge currently links it with mainland Awing.
The staggering physical diversity of another area, “ALA-AMETI” makes it a feast for the eyes. There is no place in Awing that has endless rolling savannah, foggy capped mountains, stooping valleys with a salt spring at “Aka’a”. Everyday on safari comes complete with whole new backdrops each one more breathtaking than the last.
It is therefore needless to travel throughout Cameroon to see one different landscape after another when in this predominantly “Bororo” settlement you will find a pack in one destination. Visitors are always pampered by balmy wind breeze whispering across the winding landscape to far off places bordering the fondom.
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