Cameroon

All about this beautiful country!

About Cameroon

Location: Central Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria

Capital: Yaoundé

Official languages: English & French

Religion: Christianity

Area: Total 475,442 km2 (54th)

Government: Dominant-party presidential republic

- President Paul Biya

- Prime Minister Philémon Yang

Currency: Central African CFA Franc BEAC

About Cameroon History

French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has enabled the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.
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Cameroon Around The World

Cameroon is perhaps best known around the world for it's soccer prowess, but it is also a beautiful country with lots of potential for tourism. There's plenty of wildlife, beaches (Kribi and Limbe offer the best locations) and cultural riches - however the infrastructure makes it somewhat difficult to draw tourists in large numbers. Cameroon is both French and English speaking and home to Muslims, Christians and many other indigenous beliefs.

One of it's most popular attractions is Mount Cameroon (the tallest mountain in West Africa), for those keen on trekking. Unfortunately recent Boko Haram activity has also put parts of the country on high alert and the US Department of State has issued a travel warning for its citizens.

Things to see and do


Drive through the central highlands

Hop in a 4-wheel drive and explore the splendid scenery of the central highlands. Starting in Douala, the drive to Nkongsamba rises to reveal vibrant, verdant valleys and breath-taking waterfalls. As dusk falls, ready the camera to capture the striking orange and purple skylines.


Find colonial architecture in Foumban

In this culture-rich town, discover many traditional buildings dating from Cameroon's period of German colonisation. Completed in 1917, a beautiful Sultan's Palace contains a museum on King Ibrahim Njoya, whilst nearby the Musée du Palais, the Musée des Arts et des Traditions Bamoun and the market are all well worth a visit.


Go on a gorilla safari in Lobéké National Park

Lobéké National Park is home to elusive families of western lowland gorillas. For the best chance of viewing these graceful giants, visitors can spend the night in a specially built watchtower. Equally exciting but easier to spot are elephants, buffalo and the giant forest hog, though visitors should keep their eyes peeled for red river hogs and bongo antelope.


Learn about the local fauna at Limbé

This pleasant port town (formerly Victoria) boasts a beautiful botanical garden. Founded in 1892 by Cameroon’s German colonisers, the gardens were originally set up to trial exotic crops such as coffee, cocoa and rubber. Today, conservation is at the heart of the scent-filled gardens, which offer trails and insights into Cameroonian botanic culture.


Make for Maroua for hiking and rock climbing

Head north to Maroua for some exertion. Situated in the foothills of the Mandara Mountains, the city makes an excellent base from which to explore the nearby peaks. Lower reaches offer moderate hiking trails and fine views whilst Le Dent de Mindif, south of the city, is a highly regarded rock climbing spot.

Economy of Cameroon

Modest oil resources and favorable agricultural conditions provide Cameroon with one of the best-endowed primary commodity economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Cameroon’s economy suffers from political and economic factors that often impact underdeveloped countries, such as stagnant per capita income, a relatively inequitable distribution of income, a top-heavy civil service, endemic corruption, the continuing inefficiencies of a large parastatal system in key sectors, and a generally unfavorable climate for business enterprise. Since 1990, the government has embarked on various IMF and World Bank programs designed to spur business investment, increase efficiency in agriculture, improve trade, and recapitalize the nation's banks.


Agriculture - products:

coffee, cocoa, cotton, rubber, bananas, oilseed, grains, cassava (manioc, tapioca); livestock; timber

Industries:

petroleum production and refining, aluminum production, food processing, light consumer goods, textiles, lumber, ship repair

Among The Major Holidays Celebrated In Cameroon Include