Cameroon is a popular country in western Africa and shares borders with several countries such as Nigeria and Chad. Although it isn’t the continent’s largest country, Cameroon has a fascinating cultural blend with its English and French speaking areas and Christian and Muslim portions. It is also home to the largest mountain in the region and a landscape full of desert plains and rainforests.
Although tourism is rare in Cameroon, it is a diverse country with a proud multiethnic tapestry. The capital city of Yaounde is a historical place but doesn’t have as many attractions as places like Kribi, which has beaches, waterfalls and botanical gardens. The King Palaces in Foumbam are worth a visit if you wish to learn more about African history while admiring fine centuries-old architecture.
Dja Faunal Reserve is one of western Africa’s most popular tourist destinations and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are a keen outdoor enthusiast, the highest mountain on this side of the continent can be admired by organising a daytrip to Mt Cameroon. For culture and tradition, head to Ngoketunija in the northwest region of the country.
Hotel rooms in Cameroon’s largest cities range in price from mid-range to high-end. The further you get from the big cities, the cheaper the accommodation gets and budget rooms are often surprisingly pleasant. Unless you are travelling with a registered tour guide, it’s best not to camp anywhere in Cameroon due to safety concerns.
Due to its past as an old French colony, Cameroon is easy to reach by flying directly from Paris, Brussels or Zurich into Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport. If you are already in Africa, flights can be booked from Lagos, Nairobi and Casablanca as there aren’t many well-known train, bus or boat links to and from Cameroon.