Menchum Falls is a beautiful tourist destination and has the ability to stream to all countries in the region of West Africa to produce. Menchum falls, about 20km south of Wum and 30 km north of Bafut, are impressive and a potential tourist attraction. However, the access road is very rough, and the observation site is not well maintained. A lead in 2003, where the road was almost impassable during the rainy season. On 7 September signed in 2009 Agreenergy and the Government of Cameroon signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a project to build a dam and 90 MW hydropower plant on the river. In addition to providing electricity and jobs, the project would involve surfacing the road. On 8 December 2010 was built by President Paul Biya plans, a dam across the falls Menchum.
The river and its tributaries, drains a large area of northwestern Cameroon Menchum. It is in turn a tributary of the Benue in Nigeria.
Menchum Rivers, Katsina Ala and Donga all west of the river north-east to join the Benue in Nigeria. The Menchum drains the highlands of Oku-Kom, a height of 2400 meters (7900 feet) around Lake Oku and fell to about 800 feet (ft 2600) are west of Mbonkissu Fundong. Highlands, formed by volcanic activity, have been created through the valleys of rivers flowing rapidly dissected.
The fertile volcanic soil of the highlands have attracted farmers and ranchers, and the resulting clearings make the area vulnerable to soil erosion. Menchum valley is low, and used to be covered in the equatorial forests. These are usually cleared for timber, so that open grassland, which is used as grazing land, and subject to erosion on the slopes. Efforts are being made to reforest the valley again.