Cameroon

Often referred to as “Africa in miniature,” Cameroon in actual terms is located in West and Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the West; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the East; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the South. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Bonny, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. It lies between latitudes 1° and 13°N, and longitudes 8° and 17°E. Reflecting the old colonial spirit of the country, Cameroon has two official languages, English and French. The official currency used is the CFA franc while Yaounde is the country’s capital.

 

With over 250 ethnic groups that live in the 10 provinces of Cameroon, the major ethnicities are; Fang 19.6%, Bamileke and Bamum 18.5%, Duala, Luanda and Basa 14.7%, Fulani 9.6%, Tikar 7.4%, Mandara 5.7%, Maka 4.9%, Chamba 2.4%, Mbum 1.3%, Hausa 1.2%, other 14.7%.

Notable Places to Visit

Mount Cameroon

It’s the highest peak both in West and Central Africa, an active volcano in Cameroon and near the Gulf of Guinea reaching 4, 040 metres (13, 355 ft) above the coast of West Cameroon. Also referred to as Fako (the name of the higher of its two peaks) or called by its native name, Mongo ma Ndemi (meaning Mountain of Greatness), the Peak can be reached by hikers, climbers and tourists who enjoy the long trek to the top. The stepping-off point for climbing Mt. Cameroon is the city of Buea. There are several tin-roofed huts for hikers to sleep in during their trek up the mountain.

Parc National de Waza

This UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Department of Logone-et-Chari, in Far North Region, Cameroon  is bounded by the town of Waza to its west, the border with Nigeria, and Chad is only 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away. The prominent wildlife that inhabit the park and draw on visitors are lion, elephant, hyena, hartebeest, roan, Buffon's kob, waterbuck, reed, gazelle, giraffe, geese, egrets, ostriches, herons, pelicans, jabirus and ibis.

Lobeke National Park

Situated on the extreme southeast region of Cameroon, it covers a surface area of 1,838.55 km2 (709.87 sq mi). Lobeke forms part of the trans-boundary conservation initiative, known as Sangha River Tri-National Park, a priority landscape that includes Dzangha-Ndoki National Park in Central African Republic, and Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in Congo-Brazzaville. This protected area of primary forest is the largest undestroyed tropical forest in Africa, and the best place to observe Western lowland gorillas, forest elephants, red forest buffaloes, leopards, chimpanzees, and the endangered bongo, a beautiful orange antelope with white stripes. The Baka pygmies have lived in this forest area since immemorial times.

Dja Faunal Reserve

Almost completely surrounded by the Dja River, which forms a natural boundary, the reserve is especially noted for its biodiversity and a wide variety of primates. It contains 107 mammal species, five of which are threatened. This vast range is yet another one of the largest and best-protected African rainforests: 90% of its area remains undisturbed and it is an integral part of the dense rain forests that form the Congo Basin. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it covers an area estimated at around 526,000 ha and lies to the central-southern and eastern provinces of Cameroon.

Nki National Park

Located in southeastern Cameroon, East Province, Nki has been described as "the last true wilderness." It covers a surface area of 3, 093km2 (1, 194 sq mi) and falls within the Sangha eco-region. Nki is crossed by several large rivers, including the Dja River. It has never been completely explored. A waterfall, Nki falls, is located on the river in the park, giving "a tinge of exoticism to the landscape." The forests of Cameroon contain some of the highest population density of forest elephants of any nation, and Nki is no different, with an elephant density of roughly 2.5 per square kilometer for Boumba Bek national park and Nki combined

National Museum

Right in the heart of the country’s capital sits the national museum of Yaounde. Cultural and ecological treasures are housed in this building.

Lobe Waterfall

Touted as the only place in the world where a waterfall enters the Atlantic Ocean through a water Cascade, the waterfall gushes brightly with its beautiful rapid sceneries of the sea and relaxation on the beach. There are also menu items of lunch in a restaurant nearby where visitors can enjoy fresh sea products. Located at around 300km south-west of Yaoundé, Lobe cascades over a distance of 1 kilometre, which forms a majestic cloud around the falls, the highest part of the falls measure 20 metres in height before tumbling into the Atlantic Ocean. The waterfalls of Lobé represent a strong basis of the symbolic beliefs of the Batanga, Maabi and Pygmee peoples that live in the environs and associate the falls with various cultural rites.

Grand Batanga Museum

Visit to the Grand Batanga Museum with very varied and diversified artifacts.

Black Sand Beaches

Black sandy beaches spread along the coast of the city of Limbe in the south west province of Cameroon also serve as a good site for tourists. Limbe has beautiful beaches such as Ngeme Beach, The Mile Six Beach, Batoke Beach, Mokoko beach, Seme beach, etc. These black sandy beaches are peculiar to the city of Limbe as they cannot be found in any other part of Cameroon.

White Sand Beach

The oceanic waters and sometimes strong currents and rip tides of the white sand beach in Kribi, a town that lies on the Gulf of Guinea and right at the mouth of Kienke River in the south province of Cameroon, is surrounded by palm trees. This beautiful site has become an inviting getaway for tourists who enjoy surfing and affluent locals of Cameroon.  With many of Kribi’s hotels possessing their own beach fronts, the fun of this destination is only a few steps out the door.

Notable Events

  • Mount Cameroon Race of Hope
  • African Music Market (Le Kolatier), Douala
  • Nyem-Nyem Festival, Ngaoundéré
  • Culture Week
  • African Theater Festival for Children and Young People (FATEJ), Yaounde
  • Festival National des Arts et de la Culture (FENAC), Moroua
  • Ngondo Festival, Douala
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