Food + Wine

The Dream List: Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips

by Brook Wilkinson

Cameroon: Royalty in Bafut

The specialist: Cherri Briggs, Explore; Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The Dream Trip: "Even with its recent troubles, Cameroon is special—it has such a rich cultural heritage, and it produces some of Africa's finest art. In the highlands village of Bafut, you can visit the Palace of the Fon, the seat of an 800-year-old sub-Saharan dynasty. This is the last of Africa's great chiefdoms that once ruled much of the continent. Today the king still has tremendous power. One of the many queens will guide you around the royal compound, including a museum full of artifacts on a par with those in the British Museum. Don't miss the giant drum that called people to war—beaten not by living hands but with the severed arms of the enemy. While in the highlands, you can also visit the town of Foumban (pictured), the artisan center for that region of Africa and home to the Bamum people—whose chief, at last count, had 77 wives and 506 kids [$1,875 for two]!"

Cherri Briggs
Tel: 888 596 6377

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