In all honesty, the very first time I saw a picture of the Mandara Mountains, I thought about those epic movies that made it to audience favorite list, notable among them was Merlin.
Hard to say why but I kept picturing Camelot with the residence of Simba in the Lion King. The Mandara Mountains is the perfect realistic representation of that abode.
Located between the Nigerian-Cameroon border, the mountain according to rock collectors, ethnographers and photographers has one of the most eclectic view you’ll ever see.
With a volcanic range of more than about 120 miles (193 km), the mountains rise to more than 3,500 feet (1,100 m). The highest elevation is the summit of Mount Oupay, at 1,494 m (4,900 ft) above sea level.
According to reports, from the top of the mountains, one is blessed with a beautiful sight of lush valleys, small, round huts, beautiful rock formations and a thrill of African culture at its natural form.
Read more: Travel: 5 Risky Tourist Locations In AfricaHere’s a little information we found on the Mandara Mountains’ website:
“The inhabitants are today referred to by English speaking scholars as montagnards, a French word, which replaces the less acceptable term “hill dwellers.
“Until the deadly terror by Boko Haram, they existed mainly through terrace farming, but many men also did seasonal work in towns or cultivated beans along the southern shores of Lake Chad.
One last thing, if you’re planning on going to this site, you’ll have to be very careful, because the Nigerian terrorist group, Biko Haram are often found lurking around this site and tourists might be caught in a crossfire. Do stay safe.Photo Credit: Instagram