Friday, May 04, 2007
Bank Holiday weekend
Labour day is 1st May in Cameroon, this year it fell on a Tuesday. That means that Monday and Tuesday are both public holidays, as there is no point it going to work for just one day. So we thought we would make the most of the day and do one touristic visit. so we went to the crater lake in Kumba. Kumba is not far from Buea but because of the terrible pot-holed road it takes about 2 hours. When we got to the bus station the bus had one last seat meaning we were the first two on the next bus. We then had to wait over 2 hours for the bus to fill. During this time we kept thinking 'if we had just got up 1/2 hour earlier', 'if we had not got to the bakery to get lunch, we would have been on the last bus'. This of course does not make the bus fill any quicker but passes the time. We took the front seats of the bus as we were first which means that we get a whole seat each instead of cramming extra in and we get a great view of the scenery.
Once we got to the lake we got a taxi to the lake, the gate was shut and the gate keeper did not have a key so we had to walk the rest of the way. We were told it was not far but did not believe them as Cameroonians always tell you what they think you want to hear and never tell the truth. But it was not far and within about 10 minutes we arrived at the stunning Mbo Barombi lake. It is a crater lake, one of Cameroon largest. Measuring 2.5km across and gets up to 100m deep. We went for a stroll around, then a swim and then a local fisherman gave us a ride in his dug out canoe. We had a great time, not long enough really but we made the most of it.