Cameroon


Expansive, isolated beaches, savannah uplands, sweltering tropical bamboo forests covering volcanic peaks, rivers and waterfalls aplenty, lush mountain ranges, semi-desert - these can all be seen and experienced in Cameroon. Add to this the more than 130 ethnic tribes speaking dozens of languages, various religions, and a variety of wild animals, and you end up with a country rich in diversity.

Cameroon is in West Africa, nestled in the crook of the continent formed by the Gulf of Guinea. Cameroon shares borders with Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The same Gulf of Guinea in the west provides Cameroon with a natural harbor. Most business and tourist activities in Cameroon start in Yaounde, the capital city, or Douala, the economic hub of the country.

Germany, Great Britain and France added to the culture of the country and its people. The influence of the latter two remains the strongest, with English and French the official languages. Cameroonians are friendly in nature, love music and food and are ardent foot ball (soccer) fans.

Travelers can enter Cameroon via Europe and other African countries by flying into either Yaounde or Douala. Another option are bush taxis between the cities and border crossings. Charter air companies and the national airline offer domestic flights.

Paved roads are normally in good condition but secondary roads become impassable after heavy rains; remember to drive on the right. Speedboats connect many small ports along the Cameroon coastline as well as connecting Cameroon with Nigeria. Railways connect Yaounde, Douala and cities in northern Cameroon with the rest of the country, running all the way into neighboring Central African Republic.

Even though Cameroon can claim most telecommunication services (Internet cafes, mobile phones, local and long distance phones, fax services and satellite television), it cannot boast about the reliability or availability of such services. Most services are only found in the two main cities.

Credit cards and traveler's checks are not widely accepted or exchanged. Foreign currency can be exchanged with ease. Cameroon cannot be viewed as a budget destination, compared to some of the other countries in West Africa. The climate is moderate with a rainy season, May-October.

Medical facilities, even private facilities, are limited in Cameroon. The same holds true for pharmacies.

Traveling in Cameroon, especially in the regions bordering Chad, Central African Republic and Congo, is very dangerous. Any road travel outside of Yaounde and Douala should only be done during daylight, in a convoy of three or more vehicles, and preferably with an armed local escort. Crime is a serious problem in Cameroon with armed banditry and carjacking high on the list. Property thefts are often violent and traveling after dark should be avoided. Business scams and counterfeit currencies pose serious challenges to the visiting business traveler.

For a free map of Cameroon and more detailed information, be sure to click on the Destination Brief above.

Please note: the situation in Cameroon can be volatile and dynamic. You are encouraged to purchase an Intelligence Brief ($7.50) or Destination Tracker ($25) for complete, up-to-the-minute information on the Country, Security and Health, Local Travel Alerts, Entry/exit requirements, Transportation, Communications/Technology, Legal and Financial situation, Environmental concerns and Language in Cameroon.

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