Cameroon Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Cameroon

Where is it?: Cameroon is in western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.

Why do people go here?: For travelers, Cameroon is easy compared to the chaos of neighboring Nigeria. Cameroon is rich in diversity and allows travelers to see all sides of Africa.

What are the main entry points?: Air France has regular flights to Yaounde. There are a number of safe and unsafe overland crossings.

Currency used: Central African Franc

Country Code for Phones: 237

Religion: Bangwa and other African religions 51%, Christian 33%, Muslim 16%

Population: 19.5 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Cameroon Highlander 31%, Equatorial Bantu 19%, Kirdi 11%, Fulani 10%

Government: Republic

Languages: English, French, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Yaounde, Douala

Attractions: Foumban, Mt. Cameroon, Parc National du Waza

Accommodation: Cameroon Hostels, Cameroon Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Cameroon Tourism Office

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Kribi, Mora

Health Issues: Malaria, Yellow Fever

When to go: November to early March are the best times to visit.

Common Phrases: Hello = Bonjour, How are you? = Comment allez-vous?, Good = Bien or Bon, Yes = Oui, Okay = D’accord or OK, No = Non, Thank you = Merci, Please = S’il vous pla�t, Goodbye = Au revoir

Specific Events/Holidays: National Day: May 20

Getting Around: Train is the most efficient way to get between major cities

Cheapest airport to fly into: There are two main airports for travelers taking flights to Cameroon namely, Douala and Yaounde Nsimalen International. To get cheaper flights, it would be wise to use the airport that is nearer to your trip destination.

Need more information?: Check out the Cameroon travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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