TOURISM IN CAMEROON
Cameroon responds, by far, to the desires and the expectations of the visitors.
Cameroon favors wilderness with phenomena unique in the world.
Giving the opportunity to combine leisure, beach tourism and ecotourism.
The “Most Tourist”
Located at the hub of West and East Africa and stretching from the bottom of the Gulf of Guinea to Lake Chad, Cameroon offers tourist specificities that are not grouped anywhere else in Africa in the same country: Relief , Climate, fauna and flora, peoples and traditions.
This particularity allows Cameroon to develop throughout the year several different types of tourism:
Seaside tourism, mountain tourism, congress and business tourism, safari and hunting tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism.
Sea and beach
The 400 kilometers of coastline of the coastline of Cameroon are ideal for seaside tourism, whose main attractions are picturesque bays, natural and sandy beaches, islands, mangrove vegetation and falls directly into the sea.
Fishing off main coastal cities
Practiced artisanally or industrially and open to any lover of deep-sea fishing. The many rivers which irrigate Cameroon constitute a reservoir of rare and abundant species which give a peculiar character to the fishery.
Safari and hunting
Safari and Hunting Tourism.
Cameroon has seven national parks of which the most interesting and best developed is the Waza park in the Far North. There are a large number of African animals (elephants, lions, giraffes, black rhinoceros, panthers, buffalo, antelopes, hippopotamuses, hyenas, gorillas, buffaloes, cheetahs, etc.).
Apart from the national parks where animals are not allowed to be slaughtered, there are fourteen hunting areas in northern Cameroon with more than 500 kilometers of maintained roads.
In the area of Safari tourism, Cameroon, in West and Central Africa, is leading by enhancing the development of its parks and wildlife reserves (Boubandjida) in Adamaoua.
The integration of environmental conservation concerns into tourism development projects has led to the classification and protection of certain natural sites for scientific, ecological and tourist purposes.
THE KORUP NATIONAL PARK, which harbors plant species that are several million years old.
THE RESERVE OF ADJ, classified as a world heritage by UNESCO.
MONT CAMEROUN, high of 4,070m where survived a flora dating from the quaternary is classified international site for the ascent. A remarkable ecological site, it is the object of a vast project of valorization by a German “GTZ”. A volcano still active, the last irruption of which dates from March 2000. The site benefits from a very high rainfall (more than 15m) at Cap Debunscha.
MAYO-REY SITES still carry fossilized dinosaur footprints.
The Cameroonian population is a mosaic of nearly 200 ethnic groups with different customs and traditions whose traditional ways of life still exist with the intact preservation of traditional chiefdoms in the north and west.
Cultural Tourism draws its richness:
Diversity presented in the art of living, folklore, religion, habitat and even cooking. The oval Massa boxes in the north of the country are unique in the world.
From a craftsmanship developed,
Of a rich historical heritage (monuments and vestiges) to which should be added the French and English bilingualism of the Cameroonians.
Mount Cameroon, overlooking the west coast, Mount Manengouba, at the hinge of Francophone Cameroon and Anglophone Cameroon, and the climate center of Dschang, built on a plateau rising to 10,800 m above the sea, constitute High places of mountain tourism.
The microclimate of Dschang offers one of the best places of relaxation of Cameroon.
Congress and Business Tourism
The major cities of Yaoundé and Douala, with their international infrastructure (convention center, international airports, world-class hotels) are the main centers for the development of congress and business tourism.