Cameroon, a rich and beautiful land of contrasting landscapes, is often described as “Africa in Miniature” because it encompasses much from different parts of the African continent.
Cameroon has a surface area of 475,442 square kilometers, situated in the Gulf of Guinea and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Chad, bordered by Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Republic of Congo in the South, the Central African Republic and Chad in the East and Nigeria in the West..
Touristically, Cameroon is very attractive with its near desert landscape in the north and extreme north, savanna in the middle belt, mountains and plateaus in the west and tropical rainforest in the south. National wildlife parks abound such as Waza, Kalamaloue, Benoué, Boubandjidda and Lobeke. Others such as the Dja, Korup, Kilum and Campo are also rich in wildlife and fauna.have abundant wildlife.
Cameroon is accessible by air, by road and by sea. The best and most popular way to travel to Cameroon from abroard is by air.
By air: The two main Cameroon cities of Douala and Yaoundé have international airports which are served by airlines such as Air France, SN Brussels Airline, Royal Air Maroc, Ethiopian Airlines, South Africa Airways, Kenya Airways and Cameroon Airlines Corporation (CAMAIR-Co). There are currently no flights from North America to Cameroon and visitors may have to connect in European airports.
We advise all international travelers to put into their carry on cabin baggage useful items such as medicines, toiletries, a few inner wears or even clothes because quite often, some have had their baggage not arriving with them and if their tour has to continue further into the country, they should not really have no major problem while waiting for their main big baggage to arrive a few days later.
Regional airlines, apart from Camair-Co, also include Asky Airlines,which link many cities in Central and West Africa. The Ceiba airline links mainly some cities of Central Africa to Malabo.
Domestic flights by Camair-co are important between Douala/Yaoundé/Maroua and Garoua.
By road- Overland crossings are possible from all the neighboring countries into Cameroon. Travelling by road is of course, the best way to experience this amazing country and its scenery.
By train- The cities of Douala, Yaoundé and Ngaoundere are linked by a railway network. Overnight trains link Yaoundé and Ngaoundere every evening and the sleeping coaches are quite comfortable.
The north of Cameroon has rains from May to September. The hottest months are March to May, when temperatures can soar to 40°C, although it’s a dry heat. The south has a humid, equatorial climate, with rain scattered throughout the year. The main wet season there is June to October, with light rain from March to June. Throughout Cameroon, November to February are the driest months.
The best months to visit are November to February, although you’ll have harmattan haze during much of this time. The worst months are July to October, when it’s raining almost everywhere, and many roads impassable.
Trekking and Fitness
The best areas for trekking in Cameroon are on the ascension of Mount Cameroon, the Alantika mountains in North Cameroon and the Mandara mountains. When trekking anywhere, you should have a basic level of fitness to make your trek more enjoyable. We suggest you walk or jog several times a week before you come on your trekking tour to Cameroon.
Altitude sickness means the illness occurring at higher altitude. In this time your breathing and heart rates increases. Altitude sickness normally happens above 2800m and symptoms consist of headache, dizziness, dehydration and trouble sleeping. To help avoid this illness we recommend you to drink at least 3 liters of water per day, trek slowly.
Clothes and Equipment
If you plan to travel to Cameroon, you need to prepare and bring along certain important travel items such as light shoes, no dresses with shouting colours. To trek on the mountains where the higher you climb, the colder it becomes, you should be well prepared with warm clothes. Below is a suggestion of what to bring, obviously if you are not planning on doing a trek then you can omit the trekking gear.
•For lower altitude trekking, fleece jackets and pants are adequate,
•while at higher altitude, down jackets are advisable.
•Waterproof, wind-proof, jackets and pants are essential as they keep you dry and warm.
•Well broken-in footwear- when trekking you need to be comfortable and there is nothing worse than blisters.
•It is also recommended to bring some sandals or light trainers for wearing around camp.
•Good quality socks, preferably woolen for your hiking boots, and also some thin cotton socks
•Head covering is also recommended such as woolen hat for the cold and a sun hat.
•Good sleeping bag.
•Sun glasses with UV protection and goggles for higher altitude.
•Drinking water bottle(s)
•Torch or headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
•Water purification tablets where mineral water may not be available
•Gloves, preferably with a water proof shell.
•Good First Aid kit
•Sun block for lips
•Light scarf or neckerchief
•padlock or combination lock
•Large plastic bag for lining your back pack
•Trail Map/Guide book
•Journal & Pen
•Pencils and small notebooks
•travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble to spend spare time
•You should also note that along the road it can be difficult to find things like shampoo, soap and other basic toiletries
Dr Marc Nkwenti
Cameroon Tours & Safaris (CAMTOURS)
Immeuble La Patience 273, Opposite Boulangerie Centrale,
Rond Point Nlongkak, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Office phone: ++237 2220 5070 Fax: ++237 2220 5075
Mobile phone: ++237 7761 9922