Cameroon

Cameroon Overview

Situated on the Gulf of Guinea, on the west coast of Africa, Cameroon is sandwiched between its powerful neighbour Nigeria to the north and Equatorial Guinea to the south. Cameroon has a varied landscape, including mountains in the west, grasslands in the north, and tropical lowlands in the south. The people of Cameroon belong to about 200 ethnic groups.

National parks and reserves lay claim to some of the richest flora and fauna in Africa. Southwest Cameroon is a mountainous region dominated by the highest mountain in West Africa, and Africa’s highest active volcano, Mt Cameroon, which sits on the edge of the Gulf of Guinea. On the coast there are beautiful beaches around Limbé and at Kribi while the north of the country boasts Cameroon’s most famous national park, Waza National Park, with its huge numbers of lion, elephant, giraffe, and bird life.

CLIMATE

Cameroon’s northern savanna region is hot and dry most of the year. The average temperature is about 82 °F (28 °C), but daytime temperatures sometimes reach 120 °F (49 °C). The central plateau is cooler, with an average temperature of about 75 °F (24 °C). The coastal region is hot and humid. Some places there receive up to 200 inches of rain a year, and the average temperature is about 80 °F (27 °C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Yaounde
POPULATION: 18.4 million
LANGUAGE: English, French
CURRENCY: CFA Franc BEAC
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110/220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +237
TIME ZONE: Time GMT/UTC +1

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all travel to the area bordering the Central African Republic and Chad. Armed banditry is a regular occurrence in these areas. We advise against all travel to the area bordering Nigeria in the region of the Bakassi Peninsula.

Travel by road north of Maroua is dangerous because of carjackers. Gendarmerie (rural police) detachments are posted along the road between Maroua and the Chadian border.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk