"Cameroon - Afrique en miniature" Top 5 Page for this destination Cameroon by Bernd_L

Cameroon Travel Guide: 397 reviews and 782 photos

Cameroon the country in Central Africa at the bend of the continent surprises with a great variety of landscape. It almost has a bit of everything Africa is known for. In the South you'll find tropical rainforest and nice beaches in the coastal region. In the extreme northern part there are deserts where the country meets lake Tschad. And in between you'll find farmland and mountains - including Mt. Cameroon, with 4.095 meters the highest mountain in Western Africa.

With a surface of 475.439 square-kilometers Cameroon is almost as big as Germany, Austria and Switzerland together. But it has only some 16 million inhabitants which belong to a lot of different ethnic groups. The major languages are French and English. But in addition a multitude of more than 200 ethnic languages are spoken by the native population.

Situated near the equator Cameroon has a tropical climate. It is warm all year long without any winter. But there are dry and rainy seasons. In the south of the country the rainy seasons are from April to June and from September to November. Rainy season doesn't mean it's raining all day long. Normally you get sunshine as well but if it rains it's pouring like hell and the dirt roads turn into mud. So the best time to visit the country is from December to April when it's dry and not so hot in the northern part of the country.

Cameroon's known history began with the discovery of the coastal region by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Portuguese, English and Dutch traders established business with the local tribes. In 1884 the country became a German colony. The Germans developed the infrastructure and built new towns. But during World War I Germany lost the colony. The territory was divided into two parts. The bigger one became a French, the smaller one an English colony. In 1960 both parts gained their independence and were reunified in 1961.

Although it is wealthier than some of the surrounding countries -due to it's political stability - Cameroon nowadays is a developing country with a lot of problems. The average income is about 600 US$ per year, and the unemployment rate is very high. As there is not much industry most people work in the agricultural sector. Even tourism is no big deal although the country would have to offer a lot. But a lack of infrastructure and comparably high costs keep tourists away. So Cameroon is a country for the individualists among the travellers, this making a trip very interesting on the one hand but also a bit difficult on the other.

For additional information contact:

Ministry of Tourism
B.P. 266
Yaounde, Cameroon
Tel. 00237-222441
Fax. 00237-2221295
www.cameroun-infotourisme.com (in french)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Natural beauty in a lush tropical environment
  • Cons:Lack of infrastructure and a big deal of poverty
  • In a nutshell:Nearly all African landscapes in one country
  • Last visit to Cameroon: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated Nov 21, 2004
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  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2008 at 12:38 AM

    Excellent page, Bernd! I passed through parts of Cameroon in 1989 on an overland trip. The small change problem never seems to solved :)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2008 at 2:58 AM

    Vielen Dank, Bernd, für diese Exotikreise! Das war ein schönes Erlebnis für Dich! Viel Glück uin der Zukunft!

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2006 at 8:47 AM

    Interesting travel page about Cameroon. Best wishes.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2006 at 1:31 PM

    Bernd, fantastic page with brilliant photos and impressive commentaries...I hope you don't mind that I have just informed the police that you have published a photo of a building with ministries offices on your Cameroon page ... *verybigsmile*

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2006 at 1:27 PM

    I just found the Art Market in Yaounde as a featured tip and it really feels like jumping right in and start bargaining!!! Guckt Ihr beiden bitte mal auf die neuesten Karlsruhe meeting Einträge??? Liebe Grüße!

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2006 at 3:55 AM

    Hi Bernd: Your Cameroon page taught me a lot about Cameroon. I hope I visit Africa some day, and Cameroon would be a good place to start.

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2006 at 8:36 AM

    Very interesting country.

  • mickeyjane1's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2006 at 4:04 AM

    Enjoyed reading about Cameroon on your pages, its a country I didnt know too much about. Good information, thanks.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2006 at 3:35 AM

    Fascinating country. The museum would definitely be a must-see for me. Some of your warnings could apply to Poland as well.

  • Wafro's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2005 at 7:40 AM

    Enjoy the last moments of 2005 and already the best for 2006. Happy travels!!! Great Page BTW.

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