Cameroon is not one of the popular destinations, unlike its neighbors on the continent. A trip to this country will be of interest to a thoughtful tourist who wants to penetrate deeper into the traditional culture of the peoples inhabiting the region. More than 250 ethnic groups coexist in Cameroon, traditions of the Fange, Bamileke, Fulbe, Daula and many other tribes are intertwined here.
The state existed for a long time as a European colony, independence was obtained only in 1961. Since then, Cameroon has been gradually improving life in all areas, including developing tourism. Travelers have something to see - due to the large elongated territory and various climatic conditions in Cameroon, rich flora and fauna, excellent climate (from 20°C in winter to 33°C in summer), interesting culinary traditions.
What to see in Cameroon?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
Volcano Cameroon (mountain)
It is located near the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. The mountain is surrounded by fertile lands, so the area has been inhabited for a long time. Only in the XX century. the volcano erupted six times, constantly forcing people to leave their homes. In 1922, there was such a strong eruption that lava traveled many kilometers and spilled into the ocean. On the slopes of the mountain, the Bakveri people grow the famous Cameroonian tea.
Fumban Royal Palace and Museum
Located in the town of Fumban in the west of the country, near the city of Buffusam. It is an important and iconic landmark, part of the history of the western part of Cameroon (formerly known as the African Bamum Sultanate). Previously, the palace belonged to the Sultan's family. After 1917 the building was updated and renovated. Things that belonged to the former rulers were placed in different rooms and a museum was opened for tourists to visit.
Waza National Park
A natural area occupied mainly by savannah. Many African animals live here: antelopes, elephants, lions, gazelles, leopards, giraffes and others. Also, the reserve is inhabited by many birds - about 400 species of birds have found shelter on its territory. The Vaza park is planning to go on a photo safari, in order to observe animals in their natural environment, as well as to contemplate the harmonious nature of the African plains.
It is a large array of equatorial forests. Thanks to careful protection, the ecosystem of the area is preserved almost intact. It is home to 1500 plant species, 100 animal species and more than 300 bird species. The value of the reserve was recognized by UNESCO, and in 1987 it was included in the list of natural heritage. Several species of monkeys live here: gorillas, mandrills, monkeys, baboons, small galagos and chimpanzees.
The largest body of water in Central Africa, its shores belong to Cameroon, Niger, the Republic of Chad and Nigeria. During the dry season, the area of the lake is significantly reduced, and in the rainy season it returns to its original size. Hippos and crocodiles live in Chad, there are a lot of fish. Buffaloes, elephants, zebras, antelopes, rhinos and warthogs constantly graze on the banks. The area of the lake over the past 50 years has decreased by almost twenty times.
Lake Nyos (Nyos)
A small body of water located 300 km. from the capital of the country. It is located in the crater of an extinct volcano, so layers of magma come close enough to the bottom, which emit harmful carbon dioxide. Residents of nearby villages were poisoned with this gas several times, since as a result of especially large emissions it spread at high speed over tens of kilometers. Nyos is sometimes referred to as the killer lake.
City of Limbe
A popular resort and international port in Ambas Bay at the foot of Mount Cameroon with magnificent volcanic beaches. Limbe is an old settlement of British colonists. The city was founded by the missionary Saker at the end of the 19th century, was under the rule of Germany until 1916, then again went to Britain. After gaining independence, it became part of Cameroon. In Limba, the local zoo deserves special attention.
Resort town of Kribi
Located in the south of Cameroon, inhabited by representatives of the Ewondo, Mabi, Batang, Bullu and Bas. From the end of the 19th century served as the center of German trade. Over time, it has become an important economic hub of the region. Now Kribi has the status of the best seaside resort in Central Africa, it is suitable for both family and youth holidays. The sun shines here almost all year round and the temperature is quite comfortable up to 28°C.