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Centre & East
the capital city, stands on seven hills. There are 13 modern hotels and
many markets, museums, shops and cinemas. To the northwest, jungle-clad
mountains rise to an altitude of 1000m (3280ft). Mont Fébé,
which overlooks the city, has been developed as a resort, with a luxury
hotel, nightclub, casino, gardens and golf course. Its high altitude ensures
a pleasant climate.
Park, a permanent fun-fair and weekend holiday resort 40km (25 miles) north
of the capital, can be found on the road to Obala. Further on, one can
view the Nachtigal Falls on the River Sanga and continue to Bertoua, Yokadouma
and Moloundou with its abundant wildlife, most notably a small population
of lowland gorillas.
Cameroon's economic capital, is 24km (15 miles) from the sea, on the left
bank of the Wouri and dominated by Mount Cameroon. The cathedral, the shopping
avenues, the Artisanat National (a craft/souvenir market), Deido market,
the harbour, the museum, Wouri Bridge and the electric coffee-grading plant
are worth visiting.
is a charming town situated on the slopes of Mount Cameroon. For those
interested in climbing the mountain (the highest in West Africa, but relatively
easy), a permit from the local tourist office is necessary (these are not
issued during the rainy season from March to November).
(formerly Victoria) is a pleasant port with a botanical garden and 'jungle
village'. There are beautiful white sandy beaches a short drive out of
town. The tourist season runs between November and February.
is a mountain resort at an altitude of 1400m (4600ft) where the temperature
is pleasantly cool. The road southwards to Nkongsamba and Douala passes
through some splendid scenery – spectacular valleys and waterfalls.
in the highlands north of Dschang, has a museum and a craft market.
northeast of Dschang, has many traditional buildings dating from its period
of German colonisation, including Fon's Palace which includes a craft centre.
There is also a museum and a market. The town serves as an excellent base
for experiencing the Bamileke region's colourful Bamoun festivals and feast
a small port and beach resort south of Douala, has perhaps the finest beach
in Cameroon, Londji Beach. It is also a convenient starting point for tours
to local villages and the Campo Game Reserve region. Buffaloes, lions and
elephants roam the virgin forests inland.
Cameroon presents unexpected natural landscapes, with an average altitude
of 1500m (4900ft) and plains, reaching an altitude of 300m (1000ft), covered
is located in the foothills of the Mandara Mountains, along the Mayo River.
Places worth visiting include the market, the Diamare Museum (mainly an
ethnographic museum where local craftwares are on sale: jewellery, tooled
leather articles, etc), the various African quarters and the banks of the
Mayo Kaliao. There is a National Park nearby (see below).
is a picturesque town in a rugged rocky landscape. Aproximately 55km (34
miles) away is the village of Rhumsiki, which features a maze of paths
linking the small farms known as the Kapsiki; here live the Kirdi, whose
customs and folklore have changed little for centuries.
further north, there is a very typical village called Koza located at an
altitude of 1100m (3600ft). From here the road continues to the village
of Mabas which gives a panoramic view on the large Bornou plain of Nigeria
and where one can still see primitive blast furnaces.
Kalamaloue Reserve is small but offers opportunities for viewing several
species of antelopes, monkeys and warthogs; some elephants cross the reserve.
National Park covers 170,000 hectares. There is a forest area (open from
November to March) and a vast expanse of grassy and wet plains, called
Yaeres (open from February to June). Elephants, giraffes, antelopes, hartebeest,
cobs, lions, cheetahs and warthogs are numerous. There is also a rich variety
of birds: eagles, crested cranes, maribous, pelicans, ducks, geese and
numerous guinea-fowl. Accommodation and other facilities are available.
There are no vehicles for hire at the park, but buses run from Maroua.
Boubandjidah National Park is on the banks of Mayo Lidi River in the very
far north of the country.
are several other parks and reserves which are not open to the public.
accommodation of international standard is available in Douala, Yaoundé,
Bamenda, Garoua and Maroua. The good hotels (government-rated 2-star and
above) have air-conditioning, sports facilities and swimming pools; most
rooms have showers. Most large hotels will accept major credit cards. Rates
are for the room only. Cheaper accommodation is also available. Campement
accommodation, with two pavilions and individual rooms comprised of straw
huts, is available just outside Waza National Park, north of Maroua in
the far north of the country. Hotel facilities are in heavy demand: it
is advisable to book in advance, and to obtain confirmation of your booking
more information on hotels in Cameroon, contact the Ministry of Tourism
national airline is Cameroon Airlines (UY). Other airlines which run flights
to Cameroon are Air France, Nigeria Airways and Air Afrique There are regular
flights from Cameroon to Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Benin and Togo.
(DLA) is 10km (6 miles) southeast of the city. Facilities include a duty-free
shop, bar, post office, bank, shops and buffet/restaurant. Taxis are also
available at a cost of 1500CFAfr. Nsimalen (NSI) airport, serving Yaoundé,
has recently been constucted about 25km (15.5 miles) from the city. There
are no buses, but taxis are available at a cost of about 3000CFAfr. Journey
time by taxi is about 20 minutes.
for international flights, CFAfr500 for domestic flights.
sailings from European ports to Douala take up to three weeks, with stops
in the Canary Islands and West African ports. There are also berths on
some cargo boats for six to 12 passengers.
are plans to extend the rail network from Mbalmayo to Bangui in the Central
are road connections to Chad, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic,
Nigeria and Gabon. Travel on these routes is rough, and should not be attempted
in the rainy season. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. The Trans-Africa
Highway from Kenya to Nigeria is under construction.
is the most efficient means of national transport. There are daily flights
between Douala and Yaoundé; less regular flights to other interior
travel within Cameroon is slow but cheap. Daily trains run from Douala
to Yaoundé, with onward connections to Ngaoundéré,
and from Douala to Nkongsamba. Couchettes are available on some trains,
and a few have air-conditioning and restaurant cars. Children aged 5-9
pay half-fare. There is no charge for children under 5. The final section
of the Transcameroon railway was completed in 1987. It runs from Yaoundé
to Ngaoundéré covering a distance of 885km (550 miles).
There are paved roads from Douala to Yaoundé, Limbé, Buéa,
Bafoussam and Bamenda and between main centres. Other roads are generally
poorly maintained and become almost impassable during the rainy season.
Traffic drives on the right. Bus: Modern coach services are available between
Yaoundé and Ngaoundéré. Bus services also exist between
other main centres and more rural areas, but tend to be unreliable and
are often suspended during the rainy season. Car hire: This is limited
and expensive and is available in Douala, Yaoundé and Limbé,
with or without a driver. Documentation: An International Driving Permit
is not a legal requirement but recommended.
services operate in Douala, Yaoundé and other major cities at flat
fares. Taxis are available at reasonable fixed rates (none are metered).
A 10% tip is optional.
is often French or Lebanese, while local food can also be very tasty. Luxury
items can be extremely expensive. The country abounds in avocado pears,
citrus fruits, pineapples and mangoes. Prawns are in plentiful supply in
the south. There are many restaurants in big towns and cities, with good
service. Drink: Most international hotels have bars. There are no licensing
hours, and hotel bars stay open as long as there is custom.
Douala and Yaoundé particularly, nightclubs and casinos can be found
independently or within most good hotels. There are also some cinemas.
handicrafts include highly decorated pots, drinking horns, jugs, bottles
and cups, great earthenware bowls and delicate pottery, dishes and trays,
mats and rugs woven from grass, raffia, jewellery and camel hair or cotton
and beadwork garments.
is good in many rivers and coastal areas. Hunting licences are limited.
Swimming in the sea and swimming pools of luxury hotels, which generally
also have tennis courts, are both available. A golf course is available
to hotel residents in Yaoundé. Football is a popular spectator sport.
is the customary form of greeting. In the north, where the population is
largely Muslim, Islamic traditions should be respected. Visitors should
never step inside a Muslim prayer circle of rocks. In other rural areas,
where traditional beliefs predominate, it is essential to use tact. Photography:
Cameras should be used with discretion, particularly in rural areas. Always
ask permission before taking a photograph. Do not photograph airports,
military establishments, official buildings, or military personnel in uniform.
Tipping: The average tip for porters and hotel staff should be about 10%,
otherwise service charges are usually inclusive.
11 Youth Day.
1 Labour Day.
20 National Day.
Soumae (End of Ramadan)
Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases
of the moon. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Djoulde Soumae
(Eid al-Fitr), Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal
business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during
the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption
may continue into Djoulde Soumae itself. Djoulde Soumae may last anything
from two to ten days, depending on the region.
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
fever vaccination certificate is required of all travellers over one year
WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate is no
longer a condition of entry to Cameroon. However, cholera is a serious
risk in this country and precautions are essential. Up-to-date advice should
be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination
as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness. For more information,
see the Health section.
risk exists all year throughout the country, predominantly in the malignant
falciparum form. Resistance to chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine
has been reported.
precautions are recommended outside of main hotels, but all water should
be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking,
brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise
sterilised. Bottled water is readily available. Milk is unpasteurised and
should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised,
but make sure that it is reconstituted with pure water. Avoid dairy products
which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked
meat and fish, preferably served hot. Pork, salad and mayonnaise may carry
increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
are roughly 250 hospitals in Cameroon, but health facilities are not recommended
to foreign travellers. Facilities outside Yaoundé and Douala are
extremely limited. International travellers are strongly advised to take
out full medical insurance before departure.
MONEY AND CURRENCY:
Franc (CFAfr) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of CFA 10,000,
5000, 2000, 1000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of CFA 500, 100, 50,
25, 10 and 5. Only notes issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale
are valid; those issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest
is advisable to bring French Francs or US Dollars into the country rather
American Express, Diners Club and Visa are accepted on a limited basis
(most major hotels and some restaurants will take them). Check with your
credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services
which may be available.
avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take
travellers cheques in French Francs although it is possible to exchange
Sterling travellers cheques.
of both local and foreign currency is unlimited, subject to declaration.
Monday to Friday.
VISAS AND PASSPORTS:
valid for a minimum of 6 months required by all.
by all except:
nationals of Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and
Gabon for a stay not exceeding 90 days;
those in transit, holding onward tickets and continuing their journey on
the first or same aircraft within 24 hours and provided not leaving the
and Short-stay, £40; Medium-stay, £80.
visas are valid for up to 3 months and Medium-stay visas up to 6 months.
Both types of visa should be used within 3 months of issue. Applications
or extensions should be made to the Embassy.
to: Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy). Visas are also available
on arrival for countries where Cameroon has no diplomatic representation.
2 completed application forms.
2 passport-size photos.
Copy of ticket.
Proof of hotel booking.
For a business visa, a letter from applicant's company and a letter from
business partners in Cameroon.
hours if application is delivered by hand, a few days if by mail.
residence: Applicants must have Residence and Work Permits. Apply to
Immigration authorities in Cameroon