Cameroon, or officially known as the Republic of Cameroon, lies in Central Africa bordered by Nigeria to the west, Chad to the northeast, the Central African Republic to the east, and the Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo to the south. Its coastlines lie on the Bight of Bonny, part of the Gulf of Guinea, and the Atlantic Ocean. The country is gifted with beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas, bringing forth the nickname of “Africa in miniature.” Cameroon is known for its music and national football team. It has over 200 different languages with French and English as the two official tongues. The capital city of Cameroon is Yaounde while Douala is the largest. In July 2013, the country’s population has been recorded at approximately 23 million, comprised of Cameroon Highlanders, Equatorial Bantu, Kirdi, Fulani, Northwestern Bantu, Eastern Nigritic, and other African and non-African groups. Cameroon is a multi-ethnic country with tourists coming from Europe, predominantly from Belgium. Climate in Cameroon varies from semiarid along the coast, hot in the north, rainy during summer, and cold up in the mountains, especially at night.
What to see & do
A visit to Cameroon means a tour around nature, both geological and ecological attractions. While you have the option to go on tours with experienced guides, here is a list of places you should visit if you decide to go around the country on your own. There’s the Botanic Garden, the Benedictine Museum of Mont Febe, and the National Museum of Yaounde and the Kribi. Here’s a quick tip: some of the most famous attractions in Cameroon can be found in the capital city, Yaounde.
How to get around within Cameroon
There are tour operators in Cameroon that will help you have a more convenient visit. These are local organizations of experienced guides who administer activities from eco-tourism to safari-tourism. But if you’re planning to journey the country on your own, Camair-Co airlines offers domestic flights. By train, the Camrail runs from the capital city, Yaounde to the Northern city of Ngaoundere. Overnight trains are ideal for ground transport to the north of the country. The major cities of the country are served by
buses. There are also Toyota bush taxis – slightly elongated Toyota mini vans with a capacity of 20 passengers, with the luggage are piled on top of the vehicle. You can also rent a car if you wish to drive around the country. Rental cars can be a bit pricey though.
How to get there
Before planning your trip to Cameroon, know that citizens of Mali, Chad, Central African Republic, and Nigeria are the only nationalities allowed to enter the country without a visa. When flying in, you can book cheap flights via a number of air carriers to Cameroon using Skyscanner since the country is highly accessible by plane from different parts of the world: Paris, Brussels, Zurich, Lagos, Nairobi, Amsterdam, Casablanca, and Addis Ababa, to name a few. If you’re coming from Equatorial Guinea, you have the option to enter the country aboard a boat sailing from the island of Bioko.
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