Everything you could hope for from Africa is waiting in Cameroon. Wildlife, jungles, perfect beaches, age-old traditions, music, mountains and plenty of adventure. Head out on safari to spot elephants and lions, or get to know the forest pygmies and nomadic cattle herders. Chill out on beautiful beaches, hit the colourful markets or get a taste of modern Africa in Douala. Whichever Africa you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Cameroon.
Cameroon Tours & Travel
At a glance
|Capital city:||Yaounde (population 2.5 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+01:00) West Central Africa|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)|
Best time to visit Cameroon
The best time to visit Cameroon is during the winter (November to February) as this is the dry season. However, this is also the time when the harmattan winds blow dust from the Sahara, resulting in a haze over the country. It’s best to avoid the wet season from July to October as it rains constantly and roads may close due to flooding.
Geography and environment
Top 5 ‘African’ moments in Cameroon
1. Wildlife Spotting
Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife everywhere you go. While you might not always see an elephant; monkeys, aardvarks and tiny little bushbabies all call Cameroon home.
2. Meeting Pygmies
Take the opportunity to meet these extraordinary people. Cameroon’s pygmy communities are traditionally nomadic hunter-gatherers. Learn about their traditional medicines and centuries-old culture.
3. Breaking Down
It’s not an African adventure unless your car/van/truck breaks down. Usually in mud and often in the heart of the jungle. Pull up your sleeves, start pushing and think of all the street cred you’ll get back home.
4. Chilling Out
Take some time out from the adventure to relax on one of Cameroon’s beautiful beaches. Choose from the white sands and well-to-do patrons of Kribi or lay back on the black volcanic sands of Limbe.
Come for the seafood and stay for the stew. Cameroon’s cuisine is one of the most varied in Africa. You’ll find the familiar staples of corn, beans and millet alongside yams, cassava and, of course, plenty of seafood.
FAQs on Cameroon
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 800 CFA
Simple lunch = 1000 CFA
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 2500 CFA
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 24 Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammed)
Feb 11 Youth Day
Mar 29 Good Friday
Mar 31 Easter Sunday
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension Day
May 20 National Day
May 21 Sheep Festival
Jun 5 Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
Aug 8 Djoulde Soumae (End of Ramadan)
Aug 15 Assumption
Oct 1 Unification Day
Oct 15 Aid El Kebir (Feast of Sacrifice)
Nov 4 El am Hejir (Islamic New Year)
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Cameroon Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Cameroon
1. Be considerate of Cameroon’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
|Cameroon With Egbert||Dervla Murphy|
|Culture and Customs of Cameroon||John Mukum Mbaku|
|Man no be God: Bushdoctor in Cameroon||Dieter Lemke|
|The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa||Neil Peart|