If you're looking for rain forests, elephants and long walks on the beach, Cameroon is your spot. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Africa's central plains, there is a wealth of activities, culture and natural wildlife to see in between your relaxing afternoons on the sand.

There have been some recent outbursts of violence along disputed border regions, but right now Avian flu is more of a danger than border disputes.

What to do

Cameroon is home to two separate ecosystems, the plains and the rainforests. Both should be toured by anyone who has never been to Africa before. The best place in Cameroon to see the African rainforest is the Dja Faunal preserve, which is one of the most protected and preserved rainforests in the world, with over 90% of its area undisturbed.

Adjacent to this massive wildlife preserve, Cameroon's cities sit nearby. The18 hole golf courses in Yaounde and Kribi contrast with the natural wonder of the preserve and draw tourists with their beaches, resorts and botanical gardens.

Getting there

There aren't a lot of western tourists spending their holidays in Cameroon. Those that do come from Europe, so most flights originate from places like, Paris, Amsterdam and Zurich. Casablanca and Nairobi connect Cameroon with the rest of Africa.

Where to stay

Hotel prices in Cameroon vary widely depending on the quality of the accommodations and the location of the hotel. If you want to take the guess-work out of it, guided tours and treks through the plains and the rainforest usually come with a few nights at a hotel and your guides will generally get a better price than tourists. Camping is a allowed almost anywhere outside the cities, but isn't recommended for safety reasons. Instead, spend the night in one of Cameroon's hostels.