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About Cameroon

"Land of Glory! Thou, of life and joy, our only store!"


Capital: Yaounde   Population: 20 million
Languages: French & English plus some 250 African languages   Surface area: 475,442 Km²
Currency: Central African CFA franc (XAF / F.CFA)   Dialing Code: 237
Emergency Numbers:  Police - 17, Fire - 18, Ambulance - 112   Electricity: 220 V

Cameroon is a country in the Central Africa sub-region having borders with six other countries including Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, as well as a coastline on the Bight of Biafra.

Land borders:

  • 1,690 km with Nigeria
  • 1,094 km with Chad
  • 797 km with Central African Republic
  • 523 km with Congo Republic
  • 298 km with Gabon
  • 189 km with Equatorial Guinea 

Visitors to Cameroon will find a country which is both culturally and naturally diverse.
The government of Cameroon prides the nation as “Africa in miniature”, asserting that it offers all the diversity of Africa with respect to tourism (wildlife, lakes, waterfalls, museums, monuments, etc.), climate (dry and rainy seasons), culture, tradition, languages (more than 250 African languages, in addition to French and English), peoples (Bantus, semi-Bantus, Fulani, Pygmies, etc.), geography (mountains, hills, valleys, plains, lakes, grassland, forest, sea, beaches, waterfalls, etc.) and many more within its borders.


Visa & Immigration
For visa and immigration information click here.

If you are looking for flights to/from Cameroon, there are lots of offerings. Cameroon is the destination of some major airlines in the world and can be reached easily.

International: arrivals and departures are at the airports in Douala (DLA) and Yaounde (NSI). Although Cameroon’s capital city is Yaounde, many international flights to Cameroon actually land in the coastal city of Douala, the economic capital and the largest city in Cameroon.

Domestic: The country’s domestic airports are located in Garoua, Maroua, Bafoussam and Bamenda. Beside the national airline CAMAIR-CO, regional airlines are increasingly attracted to the country due to its strategic location.

To facilitate your search for flights to/from Cameroon, our innovative flight search engine is here to make life easy and convenient for you!


There is an ever-changing list of regional airlines flying from Yaounde and/or Douala.
Visit their websites for current flight schedules and prices.

Tel: 33 55 50 55

Camair-Co’s international network includes:

  • Paris (CDG)
  • Ndjamena (NDJ)

Camair-Co is expanding its network in the Central and West Africa sub-region (Libreville, Brazzaville, Lagos, Kinshasa and Cotonou).
Its domestic network includes: Yaounde (NSI) in the Centre Region, Garoua (GOU) in the North Region and Maroua (MVR) in the Far North Region.

                           TOURIST INFORMATION

Cameroon France
Ministry of Tourism 
Bd Rudolf Manga Bell, Yaounde
Tel: 22 23 29 36.

Cameroon Tourist Information Office for Europe
26 rue de Longchamp - 75016 Paris - France
Tel.: +33 145 05 96 48
Fax: +33 147 04 49 96


  • Government & Public Services: Monday to Friday, 07 :30 – 15 :30
  • Post Offices: Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 15:30; Saturday, 08:00 – 13:00
  • Banks: Monday to Friday, 07:30 – 15:30
  • Pharmacies*: Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 20:00; Saturday, 08:00 – 13:00
  • Markets: Monday to Saturday, 07:00 – 18:00; Sunday, 08:00 – 13:00
  • Shops: 07:00 – 18:00; some close earlier while others stay open longer
  • Restaurants: 07:00 – 23:00 (Opening hours are very flexible).

 *Pharmacies on call are open 24 hours.


Cameroon offers the traveler a choice of accommodation options from top class hotels, luxury lodges and safari camps, to budget guest-houses and camping grounds. The major tourist areas have a choice of private lodges and safari camps. Public camping sites are rare in cities and towns, but national reserves and parks offer opportunities for camping.

Whatever your budget or itinerary, you can find your ideal accommodation in Cameroon by using the search function or just browse our listing to see a wide range. Search and book your accommodation all over Cameroon in our database: search accommodation


A variety of cuisines are served in hotels and restaurants from local favourites and game meat, to continental and Asian dishes. There are also plenty of fast food outlets and small restaurants/takeaways offering local dishes. View some of our favourite restaurants!

Food Specialities:

  • Cassava leaves (feuille de manioc);
  • West African peanut soup;
  • Koki beans;
  • Eru (gnetum africanum) served with water-fufu;
  • Koki corn;
  • Zom (spinach with meat);
  • Fried sweet potatoes or plantains;
  • Beef with pineapple or coconut;
  • Ndole (bitter-leaves cooked with groundnuts/peanuts);
  • Ekwang (smashed cocoyams and leaves);
  • Achu (pounded cocoyam with yellow sauce - popularly known as One Finger);
  • Sanjap njap njama-njama with fufu (good for vegetarians);
  • Roasted fish served with fried plantain or manioc stick (boboloh / menyondo).

Local Drinks

  • Bili-bili / Shaa (a homemade beer made from millet, sorghum or corn);
  • Palm wine / tumbu liquor;
  • Afofo (a fire liquor distilled from palm sap);
  • Coffee;
  • tea (from Tole or Ndu);
  • Kadji beer;
  • King beer.
Coffee Kadji beer

By taking a few basic precautions, you can protect yourself against cholera and most other food- and water-borne diseases. Above all, you should be very careful with food and water, including ice, and remember this simple maxim: boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it.

  •  Drink only water that has been boiled or disinfected with chlorine, iodine or other suitable products. Products for disinfecting water are generally available in pharmacies. Beverages such as hot tea or coffee, wine, beer, carbonated water or soft drinks, and bottled or packaged fruit juices are usually safe to drink.
  • Avoid ice, unless you are sure that it is made from safe water.
  • Eat food that has been thoroughly cooked and is still hot when served. Cooked food that has been held at room temperature for several hours and served without being reheated can be an important source of infection.
  • Avoid raw seafood and other raw foods. The exceptions are fruits and vegetables that you have peeled or shelled yourself.
  • Boil unpasteurized milk before drinking it.
  • Ice cream from unreliable sources is frequently contaminated and can cause illness. If in doubt, avoid it.
  • Be sure that meals bought from street vendors are thoroughly cooked in your presence and do not contain any uncooked foods.


By Bus

The easiest and cheapest way of getting from one city/town to another is by buses. If you are traveling between Yaounde and Douala buses would be cheap and quicker and more efficient. Luxury / VIP air-conditioned buses with drinks and snacks on board are comparatively cheaper on this route. Once in the town or city you can use taxis, shared taxis, minibuses or taxi bikes for shorter trips.

By Taxis

Taxis and share-taxis are available at reasonable fixed rates (none are metered). A 10% tip is optional. City taxis do not generally comply with basic security norms and seat belts are often absent. Violent assaults on taxi passengers are not uncommon, so the choice of taxi must be carefully considered. However, they are cheap and fast.

In town collective taxi costs F.CFA 200, i.e. € 0.30 (this could be more depending on the distance to be covered).
For an individual journey in town, the price is to be discussed but generally, it is F.CFA 1,500 (i.e. € 2.30 as a minimum). A daytime journey to the airport costs F.CFA 3,500 (i.e. € 5.50), and F.CFA 5,000 (i.e. € 8.00) after 6 pm.

By Taxi-Bikes

Taxi-bikes do not generally comply with basic security norms. They are FAST - CHEAPER - DEADLIER, so the choice of taxi-bikes must be carefully considered.

Most commercial bike riders in Yaounde and elsewhere are not what they claim to be. Theft cases have been reported with several victims, mostly women, whose handbags are dragged from their hand by men on motorbikes who ride off at very high speed to unknown destinations. Such is the recurrent situation particularly at the Biyem-Assi and Tam-Tam Weekend neighborhoods in Yaounde where many people, mostly students have been seen frustrated and left confused along the road as they yell and helplessly run behind guys on motorbikes after the latter seized their belongings.


By Own Car / Rental Car

There are paved roads from Douala to Yaounde, Limbe, Buea, Bafoussam and Bamenda and between main centres.
Other roads are generally poorly maintained and become almost impassable during the rainy season. Many vehicles are poorly lit and badly driven.

Night driving is not recommended.

Carjackings and violent muggings (coupeurs des routes) are increasingly common, particularly in the three most northern regions.

Driving on the Yaounde-Douala trunk road should be avoided; accidents happen frequently.

Car hire is an expensive option of getting around and it is limited to main towns. Cars are available with or without a driver.
Roadside assistance is non-existent.

Road toll: F.CFA 500 by vehicle and by tollgate.

By Train

Cameroon Railways (CAMRAIL) is the national service provider. Services are good, yet relatively slow, but it is still much quicker to go by train than by bus. There are daily services from Yaounde to Ngaoundere on the “Gazelle du Nord”, which runs along the Trans-Cameroon railway from Douala to Ngaoundere via Yaounde and Belabo, with a branch line from Ngoumen to Mbalmayo.

From Douala the railway extends in two directions:

  • the western line Douala – Kumba; and
  • the Douala- Yaounde– Belabo – Ngaoundéré line.

The railway is the only reliable means of transport for some villages. Tickets are bought on the day of travel.
Below is the schedule for the western line:

165 Omnibus Douala-Kumba Twice a week* 14h30
162 Omnibus Kumba-Douala Twice a week 16h40
171 Omnibus Mbanga-Kumba Everyday 08h50
172 Omnibus Kumba-Mbanga Everyday 10h30
173 Omnibus Mbanga-Kumba Everyday 12h10
174 Omnibus Kumba-Mbanga Everyday 13h40
175 Omnibus Mbanga-Kumba Everyday 15h10
176 Omnibus Kumba-Mbanga Everyday 16h40

* Departure and arrival in Bonaberi during the period of work on the Wouri Bridge.

Below is the schedule for Transcam 1 - Douala - Yaounde.

 3  Omnibus  Douala-Yaounde  Everyday except Sundays  08h30
 4  Omnibus  Yaounde-Douala  Everyday except Sundays  08h30
 IC21  Inter-city  Douala-Yaounde  Everyday  07h15
 IC22  Inter-City  Yaounde-Douala  Everyday  07h40
 181  Express  Douala-Yaounde  Everyday  16h00
 184  Express  Yaounde-Douala  Everyday  16h00

Below is the schedule for Transcam 2 - Younde - Ngaoundere.

13 Omnibus Belabo-N’dere (3) Thrice a week 14h35
12 Omnibus N’dere-Belabo (3) Thrice a week 06h30
191 Couchette Yaounde-N’dere
Everyday 18h10
192 Couchette N’dere-Yaounde Everyday 18h20




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