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Cameroon, a Place to Be

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Cameroon is not just an emergent destination, it is also a place to get you away from it all and come back feeling different. Discover "all of Afica" in One country (Cameroon). The Country is strategically located. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean South of the Equator to the Sahel, has made Cameroon a country characterized by extremely diversified fauna and flora, climate and landscapes, and by a multitude of customs and traditions (240 ethnic groups).

With natural beaches in Kribi and Limbe and many colorful bays, is appropriate for sea-side tourism. Visit the Central and South-Western parts of the country and discover what is called ever-green vegetation and plan an excursions, picnic or ecoutourism.

Do not fail to visit the main ecological sites of Cameroon: The Dja Reserve classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO; it is one of the few remaining gorilla sanctuaries in the world. Mount-Cameroon (4070) high) an active volcano with a flora which can be traced back to the Quaternary.

The Korup National Park, a living museum of over 30 million years old where you can find more than 400 plant species, including medicinal plants; zoo bird species; 174 reptiles and amphibians, as well as 140 fish species living in the various rivers that cross the Park.

You will also experiencet the temperate climates of the Western region and its mountainous landscape. It is considered as the stronghold for Cameroon's folklore and handicraft.

The Northern part of Cameroon, with its numerous national parks and enchanting landscapes is a Godsend for lovers of safari photo and hunting. More to that, a legendary political stability and a favorable legal framework are factors conductive to tourism investment in Cameroon.

That is Cameroon, a place to be.

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Cameroon Tourism Industry

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Since the 1970s, the government of Cameroon has developed the Cameroon Tourism industry by starting a ministry of tourism and by boosting investment by airlines, hotels and travel agencies. The government now considers the country as “Africa in miniature”, promoting its variety of climate, culture, and geography. Cameroon’s wildlife attracts both safari-goers and big-game hunters, as Cameroon is home to many of Africa’s iconic animals: cheetahs, chimpanzees, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, and many other species rhinoceroses. Impediments to additional increase of the tourism sector include poor transport infrastructure and corrupt officials who may pester visitors for bribes.

Tourism infrastructure in Cameroon has gradually been improved. The country had 37 hotels with 599 rooms in 1960. This had grown to 203 hotels with 3,229 rooms in 1976. In 1980, the country had 7,500 hotel rooms. However, the huge mainstream of these rooms are in two major cities, Douala and Yaoundé. In 1971, 29,500 tourists visited Cameroon. These figures had risen to 100,000 tourists in 1975 and 130,000 in 1980. The industry has made significant strides since the 1990s.

The Cameroonian government facilitates the country as “Africa in miniature”, asserting that the country provides all the variety of Africa—in climate, culture, and geography—within its borders. Other touristic appeals sometimes used include “the melting pot of Africa” and “Africa in microcosm”. Cameroon’s tourist destinations are in four general areas: the coast, the major cities, the Western highlands, and the north. The coast offers two major beach resort towns: Limbe is English-speaking with black, volcanic sand; and Kribi is a French-speaking city with white-sand beaches. Mount Cameroon on the coast is the uppermost mountain in Central and West Africa and attracts hikers and climbers. The stepping-off point for climbing Mt. Cameroon is the city of Buea, where guides can be hired and tools can be rented. There are several tin-roofed huts for hikers to sleep in during their trek up the mountain.

Yaoundé is home to most of Cameroon’s national monuments. It also has several museums. The Western highlands offer picturesque mountain scenery, waterfalls and lakes, and the altitude provides a cooler climate. Bamenda is the main city in the western highlands, and is the capital of the Northwest province. This area is known for its traditional culture and crafts. The city of Bafoussam is especially famous for its wood-carving culture and artifacts. In fact, the area produces more crafts than any other in Cameroon. The West is also home to conventional chiefdoms and fondoms, such as the sultanate of Foumban. Each chief naturally has his own palace or amalgam which visitors may visit for a fee.

The Adamawa, East, and South provinces offer a new front for expansion of the tourist industry, but poor transport conditions keep the industry small in these regions. Forest reserves in the south have little tourist-oriented infrastructure, but guests there may see chimpanzees, elephants, gorillas, and other rainforest fauna.

Cameroon’s north is the nation’s primary tourist draw. The area has several wildlife reserves, including the largest and best-run in West Africa, Waza National Park. These parks tender both animal viewing and big-game hunting. Animals in this region include cheetahs and elephants. Maroua offers a large crafts market and museums which are bound to make any visitor to Cameroon stay back for a long time and enjoy the fully what Cameroon tourism has to offer.[From]

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White Man and Cameroon Jungles

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Cameroon sits at a crossroads between West Africa and even more exotic and unexplored Central Africa, fitting at times into both geographical designations. One example of it being part of Central rather than West Africa is its currency; Like Chad, Gabon, Congo, and Central African Republic, Cameroon uses the Central African Franc, a currency with the same value as but not interchangeable with the West African Franc we had been using throughout French speaking West Africa.

In the post-independence years Cameroon was one of the more prosperous African countries, but declining commodity prices and serious official corruption have tarnished its economic success over the last quarter century. Because Cameroon was split between British and French control for five decades before independence, both English and French are official languages with each dominant in the former colonial power's region of control. There advantages to both sides of the country's linguistic divide. Whereas it was easier for us to communicate with people in the English-speaking provinces, the bread, pastry, and other found was infinitely better in the French-speaking areas. Some things just never change wherever you go in the world. We entered Cameroon in the English speaking western region near the Nigerian border and finished up in the French dominant region around Douala and Kribi.Read the story by a white man (Modernnomad67) in Cameroon Jungle. Also see the images.

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Bringing Clean Power to Cameroonian Communities

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