Nguti: Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Centre

The Park has rare animal species which make for inspiring tourism.

Nguti has enormous tourism potentials ranging from the Banyang-Mbo sanctuary to Lake Mbirmi passing through the Bambe escarpment and the Mbie falls. However, due to the enclaved nature of the municipality, these sites are not easily accessible as there are no roads and access is only by foot and only scientists can brave the journey to some of the sites. The most visited site is the Banyang-Mbo wild life sanctuary which has rare protected animals the giant pangolins of all species, yellow duiker, wild chimpanzees, elephants, antelopes and the African python which constitute the main attractions of the park. The park spreads over a surface area of some 64200 hectares square and situated some 23 kilometres away from Nguti town.

The trees of the part constitute an attraction of its own with plants species like the Njabe trees used in producing the famous Njabe oil and mahogany trees with special fibrous roots that shoot out of the ground. The sanctuary also has the peculiarity that it possesses a salt pond greatly cherished by elephants which use it as their drinking pond. However, according to the GIZ technical advisor to the conservatory, Iyassa Mosua, the sanctuary faces the threat of illegal poaching especially of elephants and hunting. It is for this reason that forest guards usually make patrols to track down poachers. They also carry out what they refer to as collaborative management with local communities and orientate them in the domestication and processing of none forest timber products so as to give an alternate source of living to the inhabitants of the area. Besides the sanctuary, there is also the Korup National Park which extends from Mundemba to Baro village in the Nguti municipality.

In addition to the natural parks, there is another wonder of nature which is the Bambe escarpment which reveals layers of rock since the ice age and constitutes not only a tourist attraction but also an object for scientific study. The escarpment is on the banks of river Mbie near a village known as Ntale. The Mbie River also has a waterfall from where the council is projecting to generate hydro electricity to light the area. There is also the Lake Mbirmi which is said to harbour a species of fish not found anywhere else in the world. The Crater Lake attracts scientists every year. The Asue chain of hills which extends right to Manyu Division and the Nkwende hills also add to the beauty of the area. No doubt the council is planning to build a rest house for tourists as they expect an influx of tourists when the tarring of the Kumba- Mamfe highway will be completed so as to fully benefit from their position midway the two metropolises.

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