Vacation In Cameroon

The ideal time to come to Cameroon is during the dry season from October to April. This is when the country has a comfortable climate; temperatures rarely reach extreme heights as during the rainy season.

It’s the country of the warm-hearted people and the miracle Garden of Eden. Cameroon is widely known as one of Africa’s most culturally diverse nations. It has been on my bucket list for a long time, and I finally managed to overcome my nerves and make it there this summer! The capital Yaounde has a strong French colonial vibe, while the country is also famous for its stunning national parks, including the vast plains of central Cameroon where mountain gorillas are being brought back to life.

Cameroon is a country that is located in West Africa and it has the second longest Atlantic coastline. The country’s name derives from the mainland’s Likoma Island located on the Waini River in the south-east. Cameroon contains many large cities, including Douala, Yaoundé and Garoua, but these cities do not have much to offer to tourists as there are no beaches and mountain ranges.

Vacation In Cameroon

Cameroon is a West African country with beaches, rainforests, and grassy hills. It has several protected areas, but forest destruction for the production of palm oil is a threat. The official languages are English, French, and German. Most people who live in Cameroon are bilingual. The majority of people practice Christianity or animism; Islam is also common.

15 Best Places to Visit in Cameroon

Cameroon, often referred to as the heart of Africa, is a buzzing country with life and soul in abundance. The large and industrious cities here are complemented by vast areas of mountains, rainforest and beaches. The terrain here is as varied as the language with over 230 local languages complementing the English and French speaking regions.

The variety of wildlife at the large number of natural parks in the country provide nature lovers with plenty of chances to spot rare and exotic creatures. Gorillas are common in the south of the country in the Campo Ma’an National Park and elephants, hyenas and giraffes make an appearance at other parks.

Hiring and driving your own vehicle here is much easier than in other parts of Africa due to the good road conditions. The public transport is also better than in many other African countries meaning that you will never be stuck in one place in the country.

Overall the mix of music, epic terrain and more culture than you can possibly hope to soak up, makes Cameroon a great place to visit in Africa and it is immediately clear that you are at the very epicenter of this fascinating continent.

Lets explore the best places to visit in Cameroon:

1. Yaounde

Yaounde
Yaounde

West Africa may not be known for beautiful cities but Cameroon’s capital Yaounde certainly is one. The city is immaculately planned to be spread over seven hills meaning that the numerous buildings in the city are separated by stretches of lush green and rising terrain. In addition to its layout, the city is clean and safe with plenty of points of interest. The 1970’s government buildings here will appeal to culture buffs and are unusual looking to say the least. Given the central location of Yaounde it is also a perfect city to include in any tour of the country.

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2. Maroua

Maroua
Maroua

Nowhere near as lush and green, Maroua still has an appeal of its own. The streets are remarkably red, sandy and dusty and the buildings are a dull beige colour but the colours of the locals clothing brings plenty of colour to the city. Maroua is a great place to experience the culture of Cameroon and its bustling markets are some of the best in the country. The city is also a great base for travllers wishing to visit the Mandara Mountains in the north of the country.

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3. Limbe

Limbe
Limbe

Occupying the slopes of Mount Cameroon, an active volcanic mountain, Limbe is a city that acts as a great base for travellers who are looking to explore the beauty of the area. The botanical gardens in the city are a great place to learn about the nature and plants in the area before exploring the nearby waterfalls and national park. The mountain itself has a summit height of over 4,000m and is therefore a serious challenge but walks for novices are still possible around the base of the mountain without making a full ascent. If you are a lover of nature and wildlife then this is the place for you in Cameroon.

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4. Douala

Douala
Douala

Douala has a reputation for being a bit grimey and insalubrious but this should not put you off visiting. This is the major city in Cameroon in most aspects; the airport is the biggest in the country, as is the port and the business centre here is the main one in the country. All of these hubs result in a chaotic and overactive feel and it is likely that you will not relax much whilst you are here. With that being said however the city is a great place to witness modern Cameroon and the few charms it offers.

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5. Waza National Park

Waza National Park
Waza National Park

About 180 miles to the north of Maroua is Waza National Park. This park looks very different during the four seasons but is always a good place to witness some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife including elephants, giraffes and hyenas. Self-drive vehicles are allowed to explore the park but you will need a guide. This is not necarasilly a bad thing as you are much more likely to see the wildlife with a local guide that knows their stuff.

6. Bamenda

Bamenda
Bamenda

Bamenda holds the title of being the capital of Cameroon’s north-west and is a large city with all the amenities and facilities needed by travellers. The city of Bamenda is not likely to keep you interested for more than a day or two but Bamenda is a great place to reach the country’s highlands which offer beautiful lush scenery and hidden villages. The surrounding landscape is a great place for mountain biking, hiking and finding some off the radar guesthouses and restaurants.

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7. Foumban

Foumban Palace
Foumban Palace

For art lovers, Foumban is a must-see city in Cameroon. The city has its roots in arts, music and architecture. It is also the city in Cameroon with the largest Muslim population. The city is much like a blend of North and West Africa with its Islamic influences. The Royal Palace and its adjoining museum is the main attraction here although the city’s mosque is also worth a visit while you are here.

8. Bafoussam

Bafoussam
Bafoussam

Although at first glance this city can seem busy and uninspiring, it will reward those who choose to explore. The people here are very friendly and welcoming to tourists and the palace here is a great, if not the best, example of a Royal Palace in Cameroon. The accommodation in the city is affordable and there are some true hidden gems to be found. The main tourist attraction is the tribal museum in the city which is part of the “Four Museums of Cameroon” project.

9. Kribi

Kribi
Kribi

This is the home of paradise in Cameroon. The beaches here are stunning with white sand, blue sea and fresh fish served from the restaurants lining the seafront. There are plenty of hotels in the Kribi area and most are reasonably priced. If after lounging by the beach all day you are looking for something different to do, the Chutes de la Lobe waterfalls are just 8km due south from the town. The waterfalls cascade directly into the sea forming a truly memorable sight.

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