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While many countries in Africa continue to make national news for unrest and poverty, Cameroon is not one of them. For decades, Cameroon has experienced political stability and expanding social agenda – making it an ideal place to visit any time of year. Various industries throughout the country, including railway and petroleum, continue to grow and develop – allowing it to be one of the more successful countries on the continent.
Cameroon is located in Central Africa, bordered by Nigeria to the north and Equatorial Guinea to the south right on the waters of the Gulf of Guinea. The country borders the Bight of Biafra – also known as the Bight of Bonny – as part of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Guinea. The ideal location on the continent means there are many beautiful, natural landscapes including mountains, beaches, rainforests and deserts.
The country also features elevation extremes – sea level on the coastline of the Atlantic to the highest point on Mount Cameroon at 4, 095 meters!
Population and Language
Over 20 million people call Cameroon home – the country is made up of diverse living conditions, ranging from urban locations to remote farmlands. There are two official languages in Cameroon: French and English, which date back to the colonial times and the population divide that took place early in Cameroon’s history. While English is considered an official language of the country, though visitors will likely find that French is the most common language spoken by inhabitants.
Christianity is the predominate religion practiced in the country – though a significant number of the populations counts Islam as their faith. The divide in religion is also geographical, with Muslims living in the northern part of the country and Christians in the southern and western portions of Cameroon.
Major Cities and Tourist Destinations
Only a few cities in Cameroon feature a large population. A little over two million people live in Douala – the largest city in the country. As the Littoral Region’s capital, Douala houses the country’s major international airport and ports – which are responsible for a large amount of trade. The second largest city, Yaoundé, also containing a little over two million people, is located in the center of Cameroon and is the capital of the country.
There are many national monuments and museums in Yaoundé, historical artifacts dating back hundreds of years may be found at any number of the museums. National Reserves give visitors plenty of viewing opportunities of wildlife, including cheetahs and giraffes. Hikers and mountain climbers flock to Cameroon for a chance to climb Mount Cameroon – West Africa’s highest peak.
The array of landscape provides visitors with an assortment of temperature ranges. The time between November to February is mild and dry, making it an ideal time to hike or sightsee outdoors. Excessive rain is found in the country between the months of July and October, while March through May is exceptionally hot.
Between December and February, high winds blow across the Sahara create dust storms and haze in many African countries.
The currency in Cameroon is the Central African Franc. It’s important to have money converted before arriving to the country – most banks in the area are commercial, foreign banks. The GDP of Cameroon is approximately U.S. $47 billion, with most of the country’s inhabitants working in agriculture. Cameroon exports roughly U.S. $5 billion a year, mainly in oil and petroleum, lumber and cocoa beans. The country imports approximately U.S. $6 billion annually, mainly in electrical equipment and machinery.
Upon arriving in Cameroon via the International Airport in Douala or Yaoundé, a variety of transportation options are available in the country. Railways are plentiful, though none of them link to the border countries. Cameroon’s highway system is subject to the excessive rains and wind, meaning they often experience less than desirable conditions. Toll roads do connect the major cities – and for those who want to see the diverse landscape by way of car, car hires are available at city centers, railway stations and airports. Major airports in Cameroon include the Douala International Airport in Douala, the Garoua International Airport in Garoua, and the Yaoundé Airport (Yaoundé Ville Airport) in Yaoundé.
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