LODGING FACILITIES IN OKU
There are classic hotels in Oku, including The Kilum Visitors Lodge and The King David Tourist Home, which are of high standards. Their prices range from 10.000 to 25.000 francs CFA per night. There are some inns with prices ranging from 5000 to 10.000 francs CFA per night. There are other affordable inns such as Travelers and Tourist Inn in Oku that are recommended for tourists.
2) HOME STAY:
Being a hospitable kingdom, “home stay” is commonly practiced in Oku. Good homes are always available for tourists and visitors and offer good conditions (electricity, running water, hot water, African dishes and the Oku traditional meal) at negotiable rates. Such visitors will have the opportunity to experience African family and communal life traditionally practiced in Oku. This includes the evening gathering beside a ‘three stone fire side’ for dinner and story telling.
For the adventurous traveler, there are camp sites around Lake Oku and at summit of Kilum Mountain. Camping provides ample opportunity to view nature and enjoy the scenery of Oku’s sights, plants, animals and birds. Come along with your own camping equipment, or rent equipment upon arrival.
In Oku culture, descending from the foundation of the Fondom, eating is an activity to be shared together with loved ones. Food, when prepared in a home, is free for everyone staying in or visiting that home. Alternatively, there are cooks available for hire to prepare for visitors their choices of meals, including African cuisine and Western fare, at affordable prices. Also, there are many roadside restaurants offering our traditional dish of fufu corn (from maize), jamajam (vegetables) and katikati (chicken). They also offer select European and American dishes upon request.
WATER AND ELECTRICITY.
The Land of Oku is blessed with water. The Kilum Rainforest provides pure, cold natural water that is free and safe to drink for all. There is electricity in Oku from the Cameroon hydro electricity power. In case of failures, generators are turn on in public places and some private homes, while other resort to the use of candles and local lamps.
There are no full fledged banks in Oku, but there is a series of Credit Unions. Money transfers, both national and international, can be carried out at the local Express Union.
Oku is made up of 34 villages, throughout which can be found small markets where food stuffs and provisions are sold. Elak is the central town of Oku and the seat of the traditional authority and government. Elak town boasts a central market, which is held at a day called “Ngoksen”. No farming activity is permitted in Oku on this day. There is a small market day on a day called “Samnen”. This is a day for sacrifices and rituals and no farming is equally allowed (days of the week in Oku). In Oku a week is made up of 8 days; “Ebkoeh, Ebkwotuweih, Kemeiweih, Samnen, Edintiweih, Trikamnen, Trikveih and Ngoksen (in the Oku tongue)
Also in Elak are big shops, snack houses, bars and “off license” drinking spots where evening relaxations can be conducted.
Following Oku tradition, information is sent by the authorities and disseminated by town criers using wooden or iron gongs. Xylophones, drums and even gun shots are at times used to notify the people to gather, to be attentive for breaking news, or to expose acts of witchcraft. The “kwifon,” which is the highest authority in the land, uses it massagers (Nchindaasee) to convict people to its privy council. Today, the Oku Community Radio is widely used by the government officials, as well as the general public, for announcement, education, sensitization and entertainment.
When visiting Oku, it is advisable to always bring along warm clothes, rain coats, umbrellas, hiking boots, camping gear and medicines against common colds. Safe drinking water is abundant, as Oku produces some of the best water in the world, which is naturally cool due to the climate