Explore Lake Oku Cameroon and Enjoy the Beauty of Nature

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Lake Oku is a crater lake in the Bamenda Plateau of the Northwest Region of Cameroon. It is located at 2,219 meters (7,280 ft) on Mount Oku, and is completely surrounded by cloud forest.

Lake Oku is a beautiful crater lake surrounded by lush forest.  You can chose to either hike there and back, or take a motorbike taxi there and hike the return part of the trip.  Oku Forest is a nature reserved, set up by Bird Life International and there are many species to be found there, including the rare Bannerman's turaco and a rare variety of frog which is endemic to the area.  There are many other rare flora and fauna within the forest.  Of course, there will also be the opportunity to swim in the lake.

The Lake Oku clawed frog is entirely water-dependent and is the main aquatic vertebrate in the lake, filling the ecological niche of a fish. Surprisingly few frogs and toads are found in large bodies of water throughout their life cycle without moving onto the land at times, but the Lake Oku clawed frog is a definite exception. They are quite inept on land, since their bodies are entirely adapted to an aquatic (or water-dwelling) existence.

The Oku area is home to settle Fulani people and you will pass through their lands on your walk.  As well as the magnificent scenery and views, you will also have the opportunity to see a variety of crops which people are farming, including corn, cocoyams and coffee.

Accessibility & Transport


Depending on how active you feel, you can either hike up to the lake and back, or take a motorbike taxi there and walk back.  The trek there is largely uphill from Belo and takes around 5 hours, by bike taxi the journey time is 1 – 1.5 hrs.  Returning from the lake, the walk takes approximately 4 hours and takes you through the village of Anyajua.


When to Visit:

Cameroon's climate is tropical throughout the year with regional differences. The cool and dry period between November and February is the best time to visit Cameroon. It is best to avoid the harmattan (the winds that blow sands from the Sahara) from December to February, and the rainy season from May to November.


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This article was published on 2011/03/30