Situated in the heart of Africa, Cameroon represents a true « eldorado ».
The country, extends from the bottom of the gulf of Guinea to Lake Tchad, between Western and Eastern Africa.
Cameroon draws the wealth of its culture from an extraordinary ethnical diversity (there are 208 ethnic groups). This culture is expressed in the way of life, traditions, folklore and craft of its peoples. The regions of the west, North West and far north represent the high spots, in which the tourist will find embarrassing choice of handicrafts which vary from wooden masks to snake or crocodile skin hand bags, not to mention bronze figures.
With its 400 km (250miles) of coast line, the littoral of Cameroon is a region well suited for sea side tourism, with Kribi and Limbe as the twin pole attraction. Its mild climate, beautiful beaches of fine sand, marvelous scenery and picturesque woods and bays make Kribi a holiday spot of your dreams, in which the splendor and charm of the equatorial forest and the majesty of the ocean, blend with the friendliness and hospitality of the local population, to create for the tourist all the conditions for an unforgettable holiday.
From the confines of the southern frontiers and Atlantic coast, south Cameroon climbs towards the interior, and is the home of luxuriant forests and large rivers. In this region, the tourist can have pleasant excursions and picnics.
The North part of Cameroon is the home of the savannah, which comprises the high plateau of adamaoua, the steppe land covered with grasses of all kind of the extreme north and the lunar landscape of kapsikis. The principal national parks are to be found there.
Mont Cameroon (4 070 meters or 13,460 feet), adjoining the coast of Cameroon, was christened “the seat of the gods” by the Portuguese navigator FERNANDO PO’O in 1472.it was in full eruption when he discovered it. It is now every year, the theater for an international competition. Indeed, hundreds of competitors, coming from a number of African and European countries compete regularly in the ascent of the massif. This trial of strength is organized every year by Guinness Cameroon around the month of January. This peak is also the point from which a mountain range starts, which stretches from the south west coast to the Mandara Mountains in the extreme north of the country. In the west and North West the landscape is extremely rugged, crossed by pretty rivers with their sparkling waters. The rounded peaks often shelter crater lakes. In north Cameroun the mandara and Kapsiki Mountains endow the landscape with a fairy-like beauty.
Cameroon contains today many national parks in which live some of the richest and most varied fauna in Africa. With its national parks, the north of the country forms a land of paradise for animals. Tourist can visit the parks and both observe and photograph the magnificent beast which lives there in complete freedom and in their natural surroundings. On entry, the following documents must be presented by the tourist: -A national passport or other valid travel document stamped with a visa issued either by the diplomatic or consular representative of Cameroon in their place of residence or by the chief of internal security at the frontier post. -A ticket out of Cameroon-either return or for a continuation of the journey. -when the journey is carried out by automobile, proof of ownership and an international certificate of assurance for the vehicule.
Except for artistic article whose commercialization for export is forbidden, it is possible for the tourist to purchase and take out of Cameroon handmade articles, such as masks, figurine, statuette, leather and skins etc.
In the south, there are four seasons in the year: the great dry season(which lasts from December to march), the little rains(April to June), a little dry season(July to august) and the great rains(September to November). In the north, there are 2 seasons: the rainy season from June to October, and a dry season for the rest of year with less than a meter of annual rainfall. It has average temperatures of 30°C. From the general point of view, Cameroon can be visited throughout the year.
An entry visa is required to enter Cameroon valid for 30 days. It can be obtained from any Cameroon embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. For visitors residing in countries where Cameroon does not have a Consular service, they can always obtain an entry visa from Cameroon embassies or consular services in neighboring countries which cover their country of residence or they contact us to obtain a visa upon arrival in any Cameroon port of entry. In the later case, they have to provide us passport details which we use to apply to the Directorate of Frontier Police for authorization to obtain visa at port of entry
Tourists have to present vaccination certificates for yellow fever or any other infectious disease declared by the competent health authorities. To prevent from malaria, tourists are advised to bring along antimalarial drugs.
Cameroon has a communication network connection with phones having direct international dialing. 03 cellular phone companies, CT Phone, Orange and MTN operate in the major cities and small towns… Cellular phones can also be hired on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
The Cameroon currency is the F CFA. 1 €URO =656 F CFA . Credit cards and checks are widely used in big cities. Cash in local currency is the best form of payment though currencies such as the Euro or Dollar may be accepted.
Cameroon is a bilingual country with English and French being the two main official languages. French is widely spoken in the 8 francophone regions, while English is widely spoken in the two Anglophone regions. The two languages are spoken by staff members of the major hotels and shops.
Photography is a sensitive subject in Cameroon. Officially, you do not need a permit for photography but you have to be careful not to photograph anything regarded as of strategic importance. Certain locations and installations are not allowed to be photographed; these are military zones and installations, airports, presidential palaces, security and defense personnel, and images that are likely to harm the country’s morals or its good reputation. It is always advisable to obtain permission before taking a photograph of a specific object or location. For official events, it is also advisable to obtain a « special pass » from the Ministry of Communications.
Standard time in Cameroon is Greenwich mean time + 1 .