Tourism in Cameroon, 10 Reasons to Visit Cameroon. Tourism in Cameroon is an increasingly small but relatively small industry. Since the 1970s, the Cameroon government has developed the industry by creating a tourism ministry and encouraging investments made by airline, hotel and travel agencies. The obstacles to the further growth of the tourism sector include poor transportation infrastructure and corrupt officials who may harass visitors for bribery. In 2017, 1 million tourists visited Cameroon.
Cameroon, renowned for its natural wonders, has a number of national parks on the UNESCO World Heritage List and nominated for this list. Here are 10 reasons to go to the country of Africa.
1. Mount Cameroon
It is an active volcano with an altitude of 4,040 meters, located near the Guinea Gulf of the country. The last volcanic mountain that erupted on February 3, 2012 is called Mongo ma Ndemi (Mountain of Magnitude). The mountain, which is the 4th highest summit of Africa, is still on the 31st in the world. Joseph Merrick is the first climber to Mount Cameroon, one of the world’s greatest volcanic mountains and one of Cameroon’s most sought-after places.
2. Waza National Park
The area, which was established as a hunting reserve in 1934, covers an area of 1,700 square kilometers. Savan is home to many species of mammals such as lions, elephants, hyenas, cheetahs, gazelles and giraffes, as well as herons, pelicans and geese. The area that gained national park status in 1968 entered to the UNESCO biosphere reserve list in 1979. Waza National Park, one of Cameroon’s destinations, is the common address of hundreds of thousands of safari enthusiasts every year.
3. Korup National Park
The region, which was added to the national parks of the country in 1986, covers an area of 1,260 square kilometers. Korup National Park is important in terms of diversity of flora and fauna in that it has the oldest and richest rainforests of African continent. The region is especially famous for bird, reptile, frog and butterfly species. The transportation to the national park, where many streams are located, is provided very well. You can discover the fascinating beauty of the region from the suspension bridges.
4. Dja Faunal Reserve
In 1987, the region has obtained national park status and its name comes from the Dja River which surrounds it. When threatened species were found in the national park, the area was taken under protection and then included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. More than 1,500 plants are host to 107 mammal species and more than 320 bird species, including herbivores, elephants, gorillas and chimpanzees. The national park, covering an area of 5,260 square kilometers, is one of the most touristic places in Cameroon.
5. Maritime Museum Of Douala
The institution that opened in 1986 in Douala, the biggest city in Cameroon, is important because it is the first maritime museum in the country. The museum, which has a lot of information about the history of the maritime history of Cameroon, draws attention with various ship models and accessories. It should be one of your first routes on Cameroon’s holiday, as it illuminates the many aspects of commercial voyages, such as the evolution of ships.
6. Ekom-Nkam Waterfalls
To the west of the country, in the Haut Nkam region, the Nkam River located to the south of the town of Dschang is an excellent waterfall. The lush waterfall, which flows 80 meters high, fascinates the region with its image and sound. At the same time, Cameroon has become one of the rivers with the highest production of broadcast fish.
7. Limbe Botanic Garden
It was founded in 1892 under the supervision of German Paul Preus for the promotion of exotic plant species such as coffee, cocoa, rubber, palm oil and banana. Recognized as one of the world’s most valuable tropical botanical gardens, it occupies an area of 48 hectares of giant land. The botanical garden, which has an important place in terms of education, science and tourism, is a quiet and peaceful place away from the noise of Limbe city. It is a unique place where you will relax and relax in Cameroon, relax and know new plants.
8. Blackitude Museum
Cameroon’s capital is an ethnographic museum that serves in Yaounde. The institution was established in 2000 to save residents of Cameroon’s artistic heritage. It contains 2,070 items.
9. Our Lady of Victories Cathedral
Cathédrale Notre Dame des Victoires, located in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, is one of the most important and magnificent worship places in the city built in 1952. Interior and exterior architecture attracts considerable attention. At least 5,000 people can worship here. If you come here, be sure to visit.
10. Mvog-Betsi Zoo
The Mvog-Betsi Zoo in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde was the best zoo in the West African region that opened in 1951. There are many animal species here. If you come here, you may have the chance to see more animal species soon. It is especially one of the favorite places of children’s families.