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A choice destination with a lot of tourist attractions

Cameroon is a choice destination with a lot of attractions for any visitor. The country has a lot of natural attractions and many other phenomena that are not found anywhere else in the world, making it possible to have various categories of tourism.

Tourist attractions

Situated at the heart of Africa, indeed straddling West Africa and Central Africa, and stretching from the elbow of the Gulf of Guinea on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, going through evergreen forests which gradually fade into grass land savannah until it reaches the sandy regions of Lake Chad, Cameroon has features which are found in all parts of Africa.

Different types of tourism

This particularity allows Cameroon to develop throughout the year several different types of tourism: Beach tourism, mountain tourism, congress and business tourism, safari and hunting tourism, eco-tourism and cultural tourism.

Seaside Tourism

Seaside Tourism
The 400 km long coastline of the Atlantic Ocean is very suitable for tourism, with a lot of attractions like colourful bays, rich sandy beaches, a variety of small islets, mangrove vegetation and waterfalls that plunge directly into the ocean.

Fishing along the coastline
Fishing goes on in all the settlements along the coastline, carried out by individual and commercial fishermen. Any visitor can take a try at fishing. A wide variety of fishes can is also to be found in the many rivers which can be found throughout the country.

Safari and hunting

Safari and hunting
There are seven national parks in Cameroon, with the most interesting and properly maintained one being the Waza Park in the Far North Région. These parks have a large number of the various animal species found in Africa ( elephants, lions, giraffes, rhinoceros, panthers, buffalos, antelopes, hippopotamus, hyenas, gorillas, cheetahs etc…). Besides the national parks wherein hunting is prohibited, there are 14 hunting zones in the northern part of the country with more than 500 km of motorable roads. Cameroon is the place of choice in West and Central Africa for safari tourism as the national parks and other animal reserves like Boubandjida in the Adamawa région are properly preserved.


As a result of the concerns for the preservation of the environment, measures have been undertaken to classify and protect some natural sites for various purposes, including scientific, ecological and tourist activities.

Some of the prominent ones are :

  • The Korup National Park which has plant species that are more than one million years old.
  • Dja Reserve, which is classified among humanities heritages by UNESCO.
  • Mount Cameroon, which is 4,070 m highand has vegetation which dates back to the Quaternary period and has been accepted for international mounting-climbing events. It is an ecological site with remarkable potential that is being improved by the German NGO, GTZ. Mount Cameroon is still an active volcano with the most recent eruption occurring in March 2000. The rainfall in this area is also very high, especially at Debuncha on the West Coast.
  • The Site of Mayo-Rey where footprints of dinosaurs are still visible.

Cultural Tourism

The Cameroonian population is a mosaic of nearly 200 ethnic groups with different customs and traditions whose traditional ways of life still exist with, in the North and West, the intact conservation of traditional chieftaincies.

Cultural tourism draws its wealth:

  • From the diversity presented in the art of living, the folklore, the religion, the habitat and even the cuisine. The oval-shaped Massa huts in the north of the country are unique in the world.
  • From a developed craft industry, from a historical heritage also very rich (monuments and vestiges) to which it is advisable to add the French and English bilingualism of the Cameroonians.

Mountain tourism

The microclimate of Dschang offers one of the best places to relax in Cameroon.
Mount Cameroon, which overlooks the west coast, Mount Manengouba, at the crossroads of French-speaking and English-speaking Cameroon, and the climatic center of Dschang, built on a plateau rising to 10,800 m above the sea, are the high points of mountain tourism.

Conference and Business Tourism

The major cities of Yaoundé and Douala, with infrastructure of international standing (conference centres, international airports, hotels etc), are the main centres of conference and business tourism.