Cameroon

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

Cameroon Highlights

About Cameroon

At a glance

Trips Available:
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Capital city:
Yaounde (population 2.5 million)
Population:
20 million
Language:
French, English
Currency:
XAF
Time zone:
(GMT+01:00) West Central Africa
Electricity:
Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)
Dialing code:
+237

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.

Cameroon weather chart

Geography and environment

Watefall in the rainforest, Cameroon
Cameroon’s geography has it all: deserts, beaches, rainforest and mountains. The northern plains, ideal for game spotting, give way to (still active) volcanic peaks. In the south, the coastal strip is a slice of tropical paradise with your choice of black or white-sand beaches. Neighbouring countries include Nigeria, Chad, Republic of Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

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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.

5. Eating

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

While tipping isn’t necessary in Cameroon, it’s common to tip hotel staff. A service charge is usually included in restaurant bills.
Internet is available in Douala, as well as other large towns. Speed and prices vary.
Mobile phone coverage can be inconsistent, even in major towns. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Cameroon’s toilets may be basic. Be prepared for squat toilets, even in major centres.
Bottle of soft drink = 500 CFA
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 800 CFA
Simple lunch = 1000 CFA
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 2500 CFA
Tap water isn’t safe to drink in Cameroon. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, bring water purification tablets or ask your leader where filtered water can be found.
Credit cards are rarely accepted in Cameroon.
ATMs are very rarely available. Cash can be withdrawn from a bank using your card.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
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:
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/cameroon/public-holidays
CAMEROON: Please organise your Cameroon visa before arrival. The procedure and cost will vary depending on your nationality but it is common to require quite a lot of paperwork for this visa. This may well include a copy of our vehicle carnet (licence to travel through Cameroon in our truck), guarantee letter with full itinerary and a reservation letter from a hotel in Cameroon confirming your first nights' accommodation and stamped by the local police of which we can provide for you. All nationalities require a visa to enter Cameroon. For this trip you will require a double entry visa which we will organise and is included in the price of the tour. We need a good quality copy of your passport for this purpose. Please note that we can organise a visa for late bookers but there will be a premium for this.

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 Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Use resuable water bottles

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
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 AfricaNeil Peart