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Bienvenue chez AMMCO
Reduire le déficit de données sur la mégafaune aquatique Africaine
Vers un habitat plus sain pour la megafaune aquatique d'Afrique

Introduction ecotourism

Through our work at AMMCO, we aim to contribute to the conservation of aquatic megafauna and its habitat in Central Africa. To achieve this mission, one of our strategies is to reduce the economic vulnerability of fishing communities.

Our historical site is Lake Ossa, located in Dizangue council, in the Sanaga Maritime division. For several years, we have been working in the field to change the perception of the local communities regarding the African manatee, a species that is now threatened and inhabits the waters of the lake and the Sanaga watershed.

Indeed, Lake Ossa faces many threats such as the deforestation of its banks and islands for the construction of houses or the installation of agricultural land, the pollution of its waters by the use of phytosanitary products for agricultural activities in the vicinity or unsustainable fishing techniques.

Thus, we wish to reduce these threats by working in a collaborative way with the first users of the environment: the local populations and we think that ecotourism is a way to diversify the incomes of these populations while showing them the interest to gain by preserving the biodiversity of their territory.

By participating in one of AMMCO's tourist pleasure trip, you support our actions and contribute to the preservation of this precious ecosystem for humans.

Lake Ossa

Lake Ossa is connected by a waterway to the famous Sanaga River. This lake is made up of three basins including the Lake Mwembé, the large lake called Lake Ossa and Lake Mévia. All three are part of the Lake Ossa Wildlife Reserve (RFLO), managed by the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife. The total area of the lake is 4000 hectares, making it one of the largest in the country. From Beach, headquarters of the association, come and discover this unique natural site!

This "manatee sanctuary" is an ideal place to relax for people looking for a nature trip along the water. You may have the opportunity to see the tip of the snout of one of these aquatic mammals. Very much hunted in the past, they are discreet animals that are not easily observed. Nevertheless, you can enjoy a stay in our hut on the banks of the lake, go for a ride in a canoe with a fisherman from the village, swim from one of the beaches of the 22 islets of the lake or explore this expanse of water on board a boat.

Ideal for a stay with family or friends, Lake Ossa is accessible from Edea by a road that will take you there in about twenty minutes (during dry season) with your own vehicle. For those who do not have their own transportation, motorcycle taxis are also available. For those who prefer to sail to the village, we can arrange a pick-up at the Hostellerie de la Sanaga, on the banks of the river, in Edea.

Edea Waterfalls

Edea is the capital of the Sanaga Maritime division and the first town in Cameroon to have a hydroelectric dam. The dam was built in the 1950's on the Sanaga River and because of its presence, one can observe important waterfalls from the old bridge crossing the river.

For waterfall lovers, there are four waterfalls upstream from the bridge. Some are more powerful than others, but they are still beautiful to admire. It is possible to approach them by boat after having picked you up at the Hostellerie de la Sanaga.

Lake Tissongo

Lake Tissongo is located in the Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve and is accessible from the Sanaga River by a 5 kilometer long stream, 40 kilometers downstream from Edea. The particularity of this site lies in its long white sand beaches, on which it is possible to camp and relax. Like Lake Ossa, it’s a favorite site for the African manatee. If you are very lucky, you may be able to see the tip of the snout of one of these aquatic mammals around sunrise and sunset.

Pongo Songo Chimpanzee Sanctuary

What if you could enjoy a trip on the Sanaga River while observing primates in their natural environment? This is now possible with the association Papaye France which welcomes you in its chimpanzee sanctuary on the banks of the river. While discovering these primates rescued from poaching or other illegal activities, you will discover the work of the association and the way they try every day to bring a better life to these animals.

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