Mefou National Park
Mefou National Park
4.5
National ParksNature & Wildlife Areas
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Mefou National Park is home to Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue and rehabilitation centre run by Ape Action Africa. With more than 300 rare and endangered primates in its care, Ape Action Africa is now one of the largest conservation projects of its kind in Africa. Many of the animals arrive at the sanctuary as orphans of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades and are rehabilitated and provided with lifelong care.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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SwingiMA
Mannheim, Germany67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I wasn't very impressed. On the positive side, it is a nice opportunity to see the rural side of Yaoundé and to experience some nature. Unfortunately, I had to join a noisy group and our guide did little to nothing to put back some discipline other than some innitial advice not to be noisy. Also he mainly took us around and provided the names of the ape and monkey species we saw but hardly any background or context information. So very far from any environmental education. All in all a miced bag but a good passtime especially if you need to kill some time before heading to the airport nearby.
Written 16 December 2023
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PayneReviews
Madison, WI271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
I am writing this review as a cautionary advice piece. It stormed here last night in Yaounde, and I got up very early this morning to go to Mefou Primate Sanctuary. I arrange a taxi to pick me up for the sum of $50,000 CFA OR $85.00 US Dollars (to take me and wait while I walk around and bring me back to my hotel).

1.25 hr drive in each direction (south of city) for exactly 30km from the center of Yaounde. After you turn off the main road, you have another four or so kilometers on a washed out dirt road. I got there only to find out that the exhibit was closed due to the fact that A number of trees had damaged some of the areas were animals are now living. There's nothing that anyone can do about this and I was not upset at all.

I will tell you a few pieces of advice:
1. Call ahead to make sure it will be open and the best times for you to come. I think going early morning is best but you have to factor in traffic will be heavier before 9:00 AM

2. Do not go if there has been a lot of rain as the road is really bad and exceptionally Muddy.

3. Take snacks with you and some water, but don't take too much stuff because they might not let you bring a lot in.

4. Make sure you bring your camera for the ride to and from because there are very interesting things to see along the way.

Once again, I was not fortunate enough to enjoy the exhibit, but I did make pictures of their brochure and that should also give you the information that probably is not referenced in a guidebook that you own. The brochure does show their website and phone number information along with a map.

My rating is based solely on others ratings and I am largely doing this to give information for others who might travel here in the future.
Written 2 November 2016
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Vandian
Brussels, Belgium102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
Located near the airport Nsimalen not far from Yaoundé, this place is worth a visit if you like to escape from the crowded capital.
You can reach Méfou national park by public transport(1€) or you can charter a taxi(5€).
The entrance fee is around 10€/+-7500cfa
Written 9 March 2014
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PeterBrink
Norwich, VT211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Business
Mefou is a high quality, fascinating experience. We walked thru the reserve and saw more than a dozen varieties of apes, chimpanzees, and monkeys. We were separated by electric fences throughout, but we're close enough to see well and take many photos. The areas for the animals are large and well kept. Our guide, in English, was very good. We also recommend the jungle walk to see tree varieties. The animals are here for rehabilitation and are eventually returned to the wild. Admission was excellent value at equivalent $15 each, including full use of camera and guide (who we also tipped $10).

Mefou should not be confused with the little zoo actually in Yaounde. That is Zoo de Mvjbs (spelling?). Mvjbs is a disaster. Very poorly maintained; animals in too small cages; tried to charge us $10 US for each camera permit; tried to charge us for walking into the pathetic museum full of ratty stuffed animals after Not telling us there was an extra admission fee! (We did enjoy a lovely group of pre-schoolers.)
Written 22 May 2013
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SerenaB242
Arusha, Tanzania22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Solo
I managed to get here fairly easily with a local taxi. The road was bad, but still passable with a small car - when dry.
It is a lovely way to get out of Yaounde for half a day and enjoy something different. My guide was friendly, welcoming and well informed. The animals seemed relaxed and stimulated and, although it is never good to see animals in enclosures, it is clear that effort has been made to give them space, natural habitat and recreation. All of the apes in the sanctuary are orphans and often victims of the bush meat hunting or the pet trade and the sanctuary makes a good effort to educate all visitors on the threats to these species, many of which are endangered. There are also many stunning trees and information on some of the more endangered ones are included in the tour.
Come with a camera and sensible shoes, although the walking is not strenuous.
Written 2 February 2014
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CA7777
Sacramento, CA281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Friends
The area of Mefou National Park includes a primate santuary which is run by Ape Action Africa. They have ambitious plans for protection of these endangered primates through the education of Cameroon's next generation. The gorillas, chimpanzees, and other monkeys are housed in large natural areas. The walk through the grounds and jungle with their guide was just wonderful. Our guide Elvis was informative and he knew the animals individually. South of the Yaounde Nsimalen airport, be prepared for a red dirt road once you turn off of the main road to head east toward the sanctuary.
Written 28 January 2012
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nep1984
Los Angeles145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011
Very nice for a half day outing. You get right up close and personal with all the primates.
Written 10 November 2011
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Traveler4Fun_99
Rome, Italy377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Business
The park is easily reach from Yaounde. We asked our hotel to arrange a 4x4 with driver, for 4 people. We paid 100,000 cfa in total, including car, petrol and tall fees. We paid an extra 7,500 cfa for the park entry fee.
Facilities were basic, with no running water at the bathroom. We spent 2 hours in the park, with good guidance from a staff member.
Bring water, mosquito repellent, and wear comfortable shoes.
The animals seem well looked after.
The vegetation is beautiful.
Written 8 March 2014
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voyager_NYC
Brussels, Belgium37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Business
There don't seem to be that many tourist attractions here so if you get an opportunity to go to the ape sanctuary in Mefou, go for it! Our guided tour was informative and involved a pleasant 1 hour stroll through the park can jungle. Sad to see the animals behind electric fencing but that's the only way. It is good to know that most animals are there in preparation for their release into nature.
Written 14 October 2013
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SweetnSourKraut
Warwickshire, UK441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Remarkable rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary for a variety of primates. Visitors are treated to a very interesting guided tour with knowledgable staff (Terence is delightful). The animals are cared for by a team of full timers, volunteers and qualified vets.
The tour take sin natural habitats for the animals as well as a bush trail with impressive flora - giant trees, cocoa palms, and plenty of butterflies. A perfect excursion about an hour from Yaounde centre (and only around 20 minutes from the airport).
Written 14 August 2016
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