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20 Unmissable Attractions in Cameroon

Many passengers choose to cross this delicate strip on foot
Many passengers choose to cross this delicate strip on foot | © Tony Vinyoh
Travelling through Cameroon is a voyage of discovery that will take you on a tour of historical sites which preserve its culture, and spaces that nurture its art. Here are the top 20 attractions you can’t miss.

Bimbia Slave Port

Ruins, Archaeological site
Bimbia Slave Port
Slaves were chained here before their transportation across the Atlantic | Slaves were chained here before their transportation across the Atlantic

Slaves walked through the Door of No Return after they were sold in Bimbia. The ruins of their prisons and the iron shackles they wore can be seen at this place, from which they were shipped across the Atlantic.

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Mount Fako

Hiking Trail, Hill Station, Natural Feature
Mount Fako
Mount Fako | © Tony Vinyoh

At an elevation of 4,040 metres (13,255 feet), this active volcano is the highest peak in west and central Africa. It is home to the annual Mount Cameroon Race of Hope. You can take an organised tour up the volcano with AYS Travel Guides.

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Accessible (Deaf), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Cold, Local, Touristy, Quiet, Scenic, Instagrammable, Peaceful

Waza National Park

Natural Feature, Forest
Giraffes at Waza Park
Waza is the perfect safari destination | Waza is the perfect safari destination

Founded in 1934 as a hunting reserve, this park went on to become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The park protects elephants, hyenas, gazelles, cheetahs, lions and many other animals in an area covered by Sahel and savanna vegetation.

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Outdoors, Hot, Touristy

Rom Rock

Natural Feature
Rom Rock
The road to Mbem is one of the most tricky in the country | © Tony Vinyoh

The road to Mbem makes its way through steep hills, and suffers occasional landslides. Looking down the valley can be terrifying, but the road leads to a warm and welcoming community.

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Outdoors, Touristy

Bafut Palace

Building
Achum Shrine, Bafut Palace
The spiritual core of the Bafut Palace is the scene of rites and ceremonies  | The spiritual core of the Bafut Palace is the scene of rites and ceremonies 

The home of the Bafut royal family is a popular tourist destination. It has been the home of the annual Abin festival since 1516. The Achum shrine at the palace is the spiritual core of the village.

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Sabga Hill

Natural Feature
Sabga Hill
Travelling through Sabga will let you enjoy beautiful green hills and hidden spots like Stone House | © jbdodane / Flickr

The lush green hills of Sabga are a climber’s paradise. The Mbororo muslims are the main settlers in the area. Zeina Resort is a great place to relax; the curious may find themselves singing along with the other revellers at Stone House, a hidden bar in Sabga that is intimate and fun.

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Outdoors, Cold, Local, Quiet, Peaceful

Bamenda Handicraft Cooperative

Art Gallery, Market, Shop
Bamenda Handicraft Centre
These clay pots are sold under a fair-trade licence | © Alissa Jst

The Handicraft Centre is a fair-trade collective representing craftspeople from the Northwest Region. They produce masks, musical instruments, bags, decorations and household items, and the site also operates a restaurant.

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Outdoors, Indoors
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Lake Oku

Natural Feature
Lake Oku
Lake Oku is surrounded by forest up in the clouds | Tony Vinyoh

Legend says that if this lake accepts a goat sacrifice, it gives its blessings to the new Fon. There are rooms for tourists, and a chapel.

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Outdoors, Scenic, Photo Opportunity, Touristy, Peaceful

Limbe Wildlife Centre

Park, Zoo
Limbe Wildlife Centre
Rescued animals are released safely back into the wild | Rescued animals are released safely back into the wild

This conservation centre rescues and rehabilitates gorillas, parrots, baboons, reptiles and many other mammals from hunters and pet-traders. They run an extensive education program for the public and teach alternative forms of employment in order to deter hunting.

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La Nouvelle Liberté

Art Gallery
La Nouvelle Liberte
This unusual art has come to represent the hustle of the city | This unusual art has come to represent the hustle of the city

Douala’s iconic statue has braved controversy to become the symbol of the city. Made out of scrap metal and junk, the statue at Rond Point Deido represents the people’s will to reinvent themselves.

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Prime Minister’s Lodge Buea

Building
Prime Minister's Lodge Buea
Southern Cameroonians want to restore their government here | Southern Cameroonians want to restore their government here

The residence of German colonial administrators and later the home of the Prime Minister of the Southern Cameroons has regained prominence with the fight for independence. For Southern Cameroonians, it’s the final destination; those fighting for the independence of the Southern Cameroons want to establish their government at the Prime Minister’s Lodge, where it used to be.

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Lake Nyos

Natural Feature
Lake Nyos
Carbon dioxide is pumped out of the lake to prevent the disaster that happened in 1986 | Carbon dioxide is pumped out of the lake to prevent the disaster that happened in 1986

Lake Nyos is equipped with degassing tubes to prevent the limnic eruption that asphyxiated over 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock in 1986. It is one of only three such lakes in the world.

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Benoue National Park

Natural Feature
River Benoue
The area around the Benoue River is a habitat for lions, elephants, hippos and monkeys | The area around the Benoue River is a habitat for lions, elephants, hippos and monkeys

Benoue National Park is a UNESCO-designated reserve along the River Benoue in Northern Cameroon with over 300 bird species, lions, and the critically endangered black rhinoceros.

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These recommendations were updated on July 23, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.