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A Central African country, on the Gulf of Guinea, Cameroon is a land of diverse wildlife and terrain. The country offers an array of natural features and boasts varied picturesque landscapes ranging from breath-taking mountain vistas to gorgeous tropical beaches. Historically, Cameroon’s Atlantic coast has been an important sailing destination for centuries. The country’s inland capital, Yaounde and its largest city, Douala, are gateways to several ecotourism sites and beach resorts such as Kribi and Limbe. The Korup National Park, in west Cameroon, encompasses one of Africa’s oldest rainforests. Top natural landmarks in Cameroon are Lobe Falls, Lake Barombi Mbo, Rhumsiki Volcanic Plugs, Fovu Caves, Mount Cameroon, Campo Ma’an National Park, Shum Laka Shelter, Dja Faunal Reserve (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Sangha Trinational (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Cameroon is not only rich in flora and wildlife; the country is home to over 200 ethnic groups. The country has a deep cultural heritage and is steeped in history, arts, and crafts. To immerse oneself in the culture and learn more about the history of Cameroon, visitors can venture out to smaller towns such as Bafut, Maroua, Bamenda, Garoua, and Kirbi.
Popular Destinations in Cameroon
The largest city in Cameroon, Douala is the commercial hub of the country.
Home to the largest port in Central Africa, Douala is among the most
important economic centres in the region. Formerly under Portuguese,
German, and French rule, visitors will find here many buildings constructed
in the classical Prussian and late art nouveau architectural styles. The
coastal city is dotted with historic landmarks, such as Palace of the King
Manga Ndumbe Bell, Native Baptist Church, Bonakouamouang Chimney, Governor
Residency, Villa Mandessi Bell, Chamber of Commerce, and Cathedral of
Saints Peter and Paul. Douala is lined with top-notch museums such as the
Douala Maritime Museum which showcases photos, maps, sculptures, videos,
paintings, documents, multimedia animations, and archives. The city has
some pristine beaches and is in close proximity to the Lobeke National
Park, a semi-evergreen forest characterized by an enormous variety of
plants and diverse wildlife. The cosmopolitan city has a sizeable migrant
population from Nigeria Chad, and Mali.
Capital of Cameroon, Yaounde is spread across seven hills. Located in
southern Cameroon, the city is over hundred years old. The 20th
century Notre Dame des Victoires Cathedral is emblematic of the city. The
city centre encompasses government offices, hotels, and the central market.
The upscale Bastos District is home to foreign embassies and hence has a
concentration of American, European, and other expatriate communities. In
the Lake Quarter, the former presidential palace houses the National
Museum. The National Museum houses a vast collection of handcrafted tools,
masks, art, accessories, instruments, paintings, tribal objects, wooden and
bronze statues from all over the country. The Benedictine Monastery located
north of Yaoundee is home to the Musee d’Art Camerounais. The museum’s
extensive collection includes bronze and wood artefacts, traditional masks,
and pottery. Nature lovers can head southwards to Mefou Wildlife Sanctuary
and Mfou Reserve, a shelter for lowland gorillas and orphaned chimpanzees.
Situated north east of Bafoussam, Foumban is renowned for its political
significance in Cameroon's history. It is considered to be a major city
owing to its cultural and economic potential. Foumban is among nation's
major attraction and an important centre of traditional African art. The
city has a great artistic and musical legacy. Foumban is home to Cameroon’s
largest Muslim population and the city’s architectural style is a blend of
West and North Africa with Islamic influences. Foumban is home to the
elegant Palais Royal, which is the seat of power for the Bamoun people. The
early 20th century palace houses Sultan's Museum, which
showcases a multitude of arms, musical instruments, royal gowns, statues,
jewellery, and masks.
Best Time to Visit Cameroon
The best time to take Cameroon flights is from January to April when the temperatures are moderate. For those who wish to avoid crowds and get economical flights, October to November is the ideal time to take cheap flights to Cameroon.
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