Tourist Places to Visit in Cameroon, Central Africa, Africa

Tourist Places to Visit in Cameroon, Central Africa, Africa

Cameroon is an African country situated in the west central part of the continent, sharing its borders with the Central African Republic towards the east, Nigeria towards the west, Chad towards the northeast and Gabon, Congo and Equatorial Guinea towards the south. Yaoundé is the capital city while Douala is the largest city of Cameroon. Cameroon is popularly called “Africa in miniature” referring its diversified geological and cultural characteristics.

The Cameroon Government follows the Dominant-party presidential republic system. Cameroon is situated at 5.1167° N 11.9167° E and covers a total area of 475,442 square kilometers, making it the 54th largest country in the world.


History of Cameroon:

According to the archeological findings found in the different regions of Cameroon, Cameroon was originally inhabited during the Neolithic Era. Before becoming an independent country in the year 1960 by getting emancipated from the French, Cameroon saw the rule of many powerful global empires including the Portuguese and British. The name Cameroon is the translated form of Rio dos Camarões which means ‘Shrimp River’.


How to reach Cameroon?

The Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport is one of the important airports of Cameroon, situated around 27 kilometers away from the capital city, Yaoundé and covers many global cities including Paris, Brussels and Istanbul.

Two other major airports of Cameroon include:

  • Douala International Airport
  • Garoua International Airport

All the major cities of Cameroon are served by both train and bus services including Yaoundé, Douala and Ngaoundéré.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Cameroon:

Cameroon is a culturally diverse country with dozens of annual events belonging to the different communities living in the nation. Music and dance are the major parts of the celebrations.

The Central African CFA franc is the currency used in Cameroon and embroideries and handicraft products is the favorites of the tourists visiting the country.

The Most prominent international food chains as well as traditional restaurants in Cameroon are shared between the cities of Yaoundé and Douala.


Must see in Cameroon:

The Cameroon National Museum:

The Cameroon National Museum is housed in the former presidential palace in the city of Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. The museum covers the art, archaeology and natural history of the country thoroughly with well preserved objects and through regular exhibitions.


Waza National Park:

The Waza National Park, situated in the Far North Province of Cameroon spanning over a total of 1,700 square kilometers. Established in 1934, the park is noted for rich vegetation and fauna species including hyenas and hartebeests.


Mus’art Gallery:

The Mus’art Gallery or Musa Heritage Gallery is a famous art museum, hub to more than 400 art objects, highly wood carvings and potteries. It is situated in the city of Kumbo in Cameroon.


The Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apôtres:

The Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apôtres is a basilica located in the capital city, Yaoundé, devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and stands on the Cameroon’s first missionary church site.


Korup National Park:

The Korup National Park is one of the wealthiest rainforests in Africa in terms of vegetation, animal and bird population, covering an area of 1,260 square kilometers and situated in the Southwest Province of Cameroon.


List of other places of interest in Cameroon includes:

  • The Afhemi Museum
  • The Palais du Sport
  • The Cathédrale Notre Dame des Victoires
  • Hotel Akwa Palace
  • La Pagode


Best time to visit Cameroon:

Cameroon experiences a tropical climate with a dry season from November to February which is also the best time to visit Cameroon.


Accommodation options in Cameroon:

Compared to the other African countries, Cameroon holds a developed hospitality industry with around 100 upgraded hotels with latest facilities and services like airport shuttle, spa, sauna and fitness center. Here are some hotels in Yaoundé in Cameroon:

  • Hotel Mansel
  • Djeuga Palace
  • Hotel Merina Yaounde centre
  • Aurelia Palace
  • Tou’Ngou Hotel
  • Hotel Mont-Febe
  • Aurelia Palace
  • The Santa Lucia Complex
  • Hotel des Deputes
  • Hotel Franco
  • Hotel Meumi Palace
  • Prestige Hotel Palace
  • Central Hotel
  • Hotel Laginaque
  • Relais Saint Jacques

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