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Honeymoon in Cameroon

All of Africa in One Country

Cameroon is at the Crossroad of West and Central Africa. Travelling through Cameroon is like discovering all the African continent. She stretches from her southern flank which faces the Atlantic Ocean through the Gulf of Guinea right to Lake Chad.

Cameroon is a melting pot of people and civilizations and possesses a diversified range of tourist attractions. It should be said that Cameroon is naturally endowed in this regard from the white or black sandy beaches on the Atlantic coast, the thick rainforests to the savannah, and lunar landscapes of the Extreme-North stretching over 1200 km fron Lake Chad to the Atlantic Ocean.

Cameroon possesses 409 different species of mammals, 143 types of reptiles, 849 birds species, 19 types of amphibians. There are many forest reserves namely Korup forest, Mount Cameroon forest reserve, the Bakyundu forest reserve, the Kilum forest reserve and the Dja biosphere reserve.

The major forms of tourism in Cameroon include:

  • Eco-Tourism
  • Safaris and Hunting
  • Seaside Tourism
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Business Tourism

Touristic Sites in Cameroon

Cameroon is a choice destination with a lot of attractions for any visitor. The country has a lot of natural attractions and many other phenomena that are not found anywhere else in the world, making it possible to have various categories of tourism.

Seaside Tourism

The 400 km long coastline of the Atlantic Ocean is very suitable for tourism, with a lot of attractions like colourful bays, rich sandy beaches, a variety of small islets, mangrove vegetation and waterfalls that plunge directly into the ocean.

Fishing goes on in all the settlements along the coastline, carried out by individual and commercial fishermen. Any visitor can take a try at fishing. A wide variety of fishes can is also to be found in the many rivers which can be found throughout the country.

Safari and hunting

There are seven national parks in Cameroon, with the most interesting and properly maintained one being the Waza Park in the Far North Region. These parks have a large number of the various animal species found in Africa (elephants, lions, giraffes, rhinoceros, panthers, buffalos, antelopes, hippopotamus, hyenas, gorillas, cheetahs, etc…).

Besides the national parks wherein hunting is prohibited, there are 14 hunting zones in the northern part of the country with more than 500 km of motorable roads. Cameroon is the place of choice in West and Central Africa for safari tourism as the national parks and other animal reserves like Boubandjida in the Adamawa Region are properly preserved.

Eco-Tourism

As a result of the concerns for the preservation of the environment, measures have been undertaken to classify and protect some natural sites for various purposes, including scientific, ecological and tourist activities. Some of the prominent ones are:

  • The Korup National Park which has plant species that are more than one million years old. Dja Reserve, which is classified among humanities heritages by UNESCO.
  • Mount Cameroon, which is 4,070 m highand has vegetation which dates back to the Quaternary period and has been accepted for international mounting-climbing events. It is an ecological site with remarkable potential that is being improved by the German NGO, “GTZ”. Mount Cameroon is still an active volcano with the most recent eruption occurring in March 2000. The rainfall in this area is also very high, especially at Debuncha on the West Coast.
  • The Site of Mayo-Rey where footprints of dinosaurs are still visible.

Cultural Tourism

The population of Cameroon is made up of more than 200 ethnic groups with different customs and traditions, some of which have survived to date, especially in the north and west of the country. A lot of diversity can be observed in the way of life, the folklore, the religion, housing and culinary habits.

The oval houses of the Massa people in the north are unique in design in the world. The historical artefacts that abound in Cameroon are a testimony of the creative nature of the people, while the monuments and other vestiges of past events attest to the colonial history of the country. English and French are a remarkable indication of the bilingual culture of Cameroon. Mountaineering is a good pass time, as Mount Cameroon, Mount Manengouba offer a lot of hospitality. The Climatic centre in Dschang provides a place for a quiet holiday.

How to Get There?

 There are various airlines that travel to Cameroon. Visitors can take a direct flight from any European city. Those travelling from North America and other regions can take a flight to a European or African hub and then connect to Cameroon.

The major airports are Nsimalen (NSI), Douala (DLA), and Garoua (GOU).

Travel in the country is generally considered to be safe. All visitors need visas. An International Health Certificate showing proof of a yellow fever vaccination within the past 10 years is also required.

Sources:

CLICK HERE Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon

CLICK HERE embassy-worldwide.com

 

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