As an ethnically rich country, Cameroon has absorbed both diverse African traditions and European features. The pristine nature, contrasting landscapes and a unique mystical flair make this land incredibly attractive for tourists.
Who and why goes to Cameroon
Well-developed resorts of this country and a suitable climate will allow young and family tourists to enjoy sandy beaches and palm-fringed shores.
Fans of exotic and antiquities will like museums and markets in large cities, where you can join the culture and history of African peoples.
The nature of the entire African continent is represented in the national and zoological parks of Cameroon, and everyone who is not indifferent to the wonders and beauties of the world will be able to satisfy their interest here.
Every tourist will be able to taste the national cuisine, which includes: rice, seafood and juicy fruits. And the European influence can be seen in the already familiar French bread and Italian spaghetti.
Parks and natural attractions
Waza National Park
In the northern part of Cameroon, not far from Lake Chad, is the most famous and easily accessible nature reserve in Africa. Most of its territory is occupied by savannas, where lions, elephants, giraffes, ostriches and other representatives of the African fauna live. Photography is allowed in the park, which is the perfect bonus for an exotic trip.
Dja and Benue reserves
The untouched nature of the Jha protected area is famous for its multi-tiered tropical forests with giant trees, which have become the habitat of numerous species of monkeys: baboons, gorillas, chimpanzees, and galagos. The indigenous people of Cameroon, the Pygmies, live in the Dja Reserve.
Benue National Park is the only salvation during a drought for hippos, the breeding of which is given special attention here. There are also rare plants on the territory of Benue, such as 5‑meter elephant grass and prickly spurge.
The 4095-meter symbol of Cameroon is the active volcano of the same name, which is considered the main attraction of the country. Tropical forests and alpine meadows stretch at the foot of the sacred mountain, and locals grow Cameroonian tea here.
Tourists are invited to climb the mountain on foot, and the Cameroonians themselves annually arrange competitions to conquer the top of the mountain for speed.
This relic lake is located on the territory of four countries: Cameroon, Nigeria, the Republic of Chad and Niger. The size of the reservoir is unstable and changes as a result of changing weather conditions. The water in the lake is salty only at a depth, but on the surface it is fresh. And since these two layers do not mix, both people and animals drink it without fear.
Crocodiles and hippos live in Lake Chad, while buffaloes, rhinos, elephants and other African animals inhabit the shores. No less striking is the variety of birds, among which there are also seasonal guests: flamingos and pelicans.
Resorts of Cameroon
City of Limbe
The resort seaside town is located at the foot of the Cameroon volcano on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea. Here tourists are waiting for volcanic black sand beaches and mineral springs.
The pride of Limbe is the local zoo, which contains all kinds of Cameroonian primates, and the botanical garden with an exhaustive collection of Cameroonian flowers and trees. And traces of the colonial past can be seen in the surviving German buildings of the 17th-19th centuries.
City of Kribi
This Atlantic resort in the southern part of the country is rightfully considered the best in Central Africa: the white-sand palm coast and developed infrastructure will provide the most comfortable stay for all tourists. Nearby there are many hotels and restaurants, and 7 kilometers from the city there is a picturesque waterfall Lobe.
The city is considered the center of national art, as it is rich in museums and souvenir shops. The most popular is the Royal Palace, which displays the decorations of the Bamun people.
The Sultan Museum with a large-scale exposition of clothes, weapons and masks is also worthy of the attention of visitors, and the Museum of Arts contains traditional masks, statues and musical instruments. The street connecting these two museums is full of artisans selling unique handmade souvenirs.
City of Yaounde
Situated on seven hills in the center of the country, Cameroon’s capital stands out for its thoughtful urban space and architecture.
A must-see is the Benedictine monastery, which houses the Cameroon Museum of Art, dedicated to the life and life of the country’s indigenous peoples. Here is a large collection of masks, clay and wooden figurines, dishes, jewelry.
The Antangana Palace, Notre-Dame-de-Victoire Cathedral, the Marie-Rene-de-Apotore Basilica and the picturesque areas of Mokola, Messa and Briqueteri are also interesting, where you can appreciate the national cuisine. The capital has a zoo, which is considered the best in Central Africa.
Maritime Museum in Douala
The Port City Museum preserves the historical and artistic heritage of Douala. The exposition is divided into two parts: the first tells about the development of shipping and its role in international trade, and from the second part, visitors will learn about other ports in Cameroon.
Often the museum building hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to other topics, and souvenirs and books purchased in a special store will serve as a reminder of visiting the museum.
Center Artisinel Market
This is a modern shopping and craft area in the capital of Cameroon, where you can buy souvenirs for every taste. Tourists are offered a wide range of masks, figurines, jewelry, dishes from various materials — all made by local artists and craftsmen.
On the territory of the open market, you can often meet people selling magic potions: they are in demand among the locals.