The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Mountain-biking the Western Highlands

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Bicycle Africa
1 $1,090 rustic lodging

The Route: Self-supported mountain-biking across the shoulders of 13,541-foot Mount Cameroon and the Bamileke Highlands. Trip lasts 15 days.

When to go: November to December

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Travel advisory: This trip is more demanding than a cursory glance at the itinerary might suggest; it’s quite difficult to ride up to 48 miles per day on a fat-tired bike with 20- to 25-pound panniers.

High/low points:

  • Slicing into a juicy 25¢ pineapple during a break along the high ridges of northwest Cameroon.
  • Struggling to strap onto your bike the ceremonial chicken presented to you during a visit to His Majesty the Fon of Nso.

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