Cameroon Travel Facts

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Natural Features: Diverse, with coastal plain in southwest, dissected plateau in center, Mountains in west, plains in north.

There are three major zones: the northern savannah area, the smaller western hill region and the southern and eastern rainforests.

Rainy Seasons: March - June and September - November.

Accommodation: Good accommodation of international standards is available in Douala, Yaounde, Bamenda, Garoua and Maroua.

Climate: The country's climate varies with terrain, from tropical along the coast to semiarid and hot in the north, which has one wet season from May to September. The south is hot and dry between November and February. And while temperatures in the north vary, temperatures on the Adamaoua Plateau drop sharply at night. Inlands and grassland areas, which have regular rainfall are much cooler than the coast.

Culture: Various museums and artisan shops exhibit the wide range of cultures found in Cameroon including old traditional facilites. In Marona region for example, there is a museum that will give you an insight into pre-colonial costumes and crafts from local tribes. A visit to the west and north-west of the region is also obviously fascinating.

Entertainment: There are a number of places where entertainment can be found, among them is the Le Madrigal in Yaounde. Alternatively you can opt for Terre Baltene or Lisbon Night Club in Bamenda town. A number of discos and night clubs also operate in Donala, the country's largest city.

Food: Most meals in Cameroon are composed of rice or a thick mashed potato-like substance, which may be prepared in at least three different forms. The manioc leaves are some of the main food ingredients in the country. Excellent street food which is ideal for those on budget is also available

Post and Communications: The code for Cameroon is 237. Post and telephone services offered in major cities like Donala and Yaounde are reliable.

Travel Highlights: Mount Cameroon is Cameroon's most thrilling feature. A climb to this west Africa's highest mountain is bound to leave one with a life time achievement.

Getting There:

Air: The only international flights from Europe to Yaounde are on Swiss air. The remaining flights are all to Doula, including daily flights from Paris on either Air France or Cameroon Airlines.

Rail: Rail transport to Yaounde from the Central African Republic is possible and a train can be caught at N’Gaoundal.

Road: There are road connections to Chad, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic, Nigeria and Gabon. Travel on these routes is rough, and should not be attempted in the rainy season.

Sea: Many freighters link Europe and Douala, which take up to three weeks with stops in the Canary Islands and other west African ports. One of the principal companies is Grimaldi Lines. Others include Compagnie Maritime Zaifoise and Compagnie Maritime Beige, which have freighters ploughing Europe and Zaire, often stopping in Douala. There are also berths on some cargo boats for six to 12 passengers.

Best Time To Visit: December and January.

Travel Around:

Air: This is the most efficient means of national transport. There are daily flights between Douala and Yaounde but less regular flights to other interior towns.

Road: There are paved roads from Douala to Yaounde, Limbe, Buea, Bafoussam and Bamenda and between main centres. Other roads are generally poorly maintained and become almost impassable during the rainy season.

Rail: Rail travel within Cameroon is slow but cheap. Daily trains run from Douala to Yaounde, with onward connections to Ngaoundere, and from Douala to Nkongsamba

Driving: Traffic drives on the left. International Driving Permit required.

Passport and Visa: Required, but NOT by the following: ( 1) Holders of a valid Seaman Book, travelling on duty issued by any Country. Visas: Required, but not by the following: (1) Nationals of Cameroon (2) Nationals of Central African Rep, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea & Gabon.

Notes: Visas obtainable at port of entry for those arriving from countries which have no diplomatic representation with Cameroon provided they are a national or resident of that country (does not apply to stateless or refugees persons)

Recommended Immunisation: diptheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis, yellow fever, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid.

Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate required by all. Exempt infants under 1 year.

Religion: Christian, Indigenous Beliefs, Muslim

Languages: En, Fr

GDP: $620 per capita

Currency: Franc CFA (CFAfr)

Credit Cards: Have made advances in big city hotels and some shops and restaurants. Visa is the most widely accepted, and the most reliable too for cash advances.

Time: GMT+1

International Dialing Code: 237

International Radios: BBC KHz (daytime) 17830,15400,6005(evening) 17830,15400,11835

Business Hours: Business and government hours are from 0800 to 1200 and from 1430 to 1730 Monday to Friday and from 0800 to 1300 on Saturday. Banks are open from 0730 to1130 Monday to Friday. Shops are open from 0730 to 1530 (many shops open until 1800)
Weekly Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Public Holidays: New Year's Day (Jan. 1), Youth Day (Feb. 11), Labour Day (May 1), National Day (May 20), Assumption Day Dec 25 Christimas Day Variable Good Friday, Easter Monday, Islamic Holidays, Tabaski. (Aug. 15), Christimas Day (Dece. 25), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Islamic Holidays, Tabaski. (Variable).

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Last Updated on Tuesday 21st September 2010