It is said that Cameroon, a small country in Central Africa, embodies all the characteristics that makes Africa what it is. Owing to its geological and cultural diversity, it is not surprise this country is nicknamed as 'Africa in miniature'. Tourists will have a gala time exploring Cameroon due to its exquisite natural features such as stunning beaches, vast limitless deserts, rugged mountainous terrain, dense rainforests and luscious savannah.
Kick-start the tour by heading over to Limbe, a beautiful seaside city, housed on Cameroon's west coast. Sparking reminders of its colonial past, be sure to catch a glimpse of the stunning German-built Bismarck Tower, overlooking Down Beach. Beach-a-holics will have a great time relaxing on the black sand and basking in the warm sea temperatures. Other notable attractions is the Limbe Wildlife Centre and the Botanical Gardens. Those who are seeking to have a good time will find Limbe a lot of fun as the night-life in this city is kick-ass and buzzing. Need a getaway? Then be sure to catch a glimpse of Mount Cameroon, an active volcano near the Gulf of Guinea, looming over the city of Limbe.
Be sure to plan a trip to Yaounde, for it is the capital of Cameroon. Families who are travelling with kids can take them to the Mvog-Betsi zoo - home to plenty of animals including lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, snakes and numerous animals rescued from poachers. Other sight-seeing points are the Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Victoires and the stunning Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apotres, renowned to be the built on the site of the first missionary church in Cameroon. Head over to the impressive art museum - housed in former Benedictine monastery and exhibits a precious collection of masks, bronzes and pottery. Another incredible museum is the Afhemi Museum - housing numerous artifacts that have had a profound effect on the culture and history of the country. Some of the collections include ritual masks, royal beds, fabrics and so forth.
Wild-life enthusiasts will have a field day in Cameroon as the country is packed with natural parks and reserves. One of them is the luscious and dense Waza National Park. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Cameroon. Classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is well-known for its wealth of wildlife. Hope to catch glimpses of elephants, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, monkeys and a plethora of bird life, including ostriches.
Korup National Park, perched in the Southwest Province of Cameroon, is arguably one of Africa's oldest and richest luscious rainforests when talking about floral and faunal diversity. Not only is it an excellent birdwatching place but is also popular for primate viewing including species such as the drill, Preuss's red colobus, red-eared guenon and chimpanzees. Take a trip to Dja Faunal Reserve, residing in south-eastern Cameroon. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park exhibits diversity of species including the existence of five critically endangered species in the park. Home to over 107 mammals, some of the animals that would be spotted are elephants, gorillas and chimpanzees and more than 320 species in the park.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for highly decorate pots, drinking horns, woodcarvings, earthenware bowls, delicate pottery and so forth. As for cuisine, be sure to munch on their local delicacies such as Zom (spinach with meat), fried sweet potatoes or plantains amongst others. Moreover, be sure to sip local drinks such as Bil-bil - home-made beer prepared from millet, sorghum or corn.
The stay options in Cameroon are abundant with the best luxury hotels, swanky private apartments or cheap accommodations or lodgings available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for based on budget and tastes.
Cameroon experiences tropical climate with plenty of rainfall to the south. The best time to visit this country would be during the months of November to February as this time of year, the weather is cool and dry.