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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
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Bimbia Slave Port
Slaves were chained here before their transportation across the Atlantic | © Africa Travel Association / Flickr
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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Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors

Ekom-Nkam Falls

Natural Feature
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Ekom-Nkam Falls
These impressive waterfalls were used in a Tarzan movie | © jbdodane / Flickr
Tarzan made this place home in the 1984 movie Greystoke. The twin waterfalls in the jungles of Nkongsamba are over 80 metres (262 feet) high.
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Sun - Sat:
12:00 am

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity, Scenic, Instagrammable, Loud

Mount Fako

Hiking Trail, Hill Station, Natural Feature
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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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Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Deaf), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

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

Waza National Park

Natural Feature, Forest
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Giraffes at Waza Park
Waza is the perfect safari destination | © Guillaume Colin & Pauline Penot / Flickr
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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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Hot, Touristy

Rom Rock

Natural Feature
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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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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Touristy

Bafut Palace

Building
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Achum Shrine, Bafut Palace
The spiritual core of the Bafut Palace is the scene of rites and ceremonies  | © Colibryus (Bruno Trédez) / WikiCommons
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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Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors

Sabga Hill

Natural Feature
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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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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Cold, Local, Quiet, Peaceful

Limbe Botanic Garden

Park
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Limbe Botanic Garden
Thousands of plants are nursed at the Limbe Botanic Garden | © Bernard DUPONT / Flickr
Over 30,000 specimens are grown at the Limbe Botanic Garden. It is one of Africa’s oldest gardens, and was established in 1892.
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Sun:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Touristy

Mandara Mountains

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Mandara Mountains
Mandara Mountains | © Tony Vinyoh
This is a range of volcanic mountains along the Nigeria–Cameroon border, with its highest point at Mount Oupay.
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Bamenda Handicraft Cooperative

Art Gallery, Market, Shop
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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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Sun - Mon:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Indoors

Foumban Palace

Building
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The Bamoun Sultan's palace was completed in 1917
The Bamoun Sultan's palace was completed in 1917 | © Elin B / Flickr
One of Cameroon’s oldest kingdoms is very much alive here in the home of the Sultan and its cultural museum, which has been built to celebrate the cultural symbols of the region.
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Mon:
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tue:
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wed:
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu:
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Fri:
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat:
7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Local

Lake Oku

Natural Feature
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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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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Scenic, Photo Opportunity, Touristy, Peaceful

Limbe Wildlife Centre

Park, Zoo
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Limbe Wildlife Centre
Rescued animals are released safely back into the wild | © Bernard DUPONT / Flickr
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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Sun:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Touristy

La Nouvelle Liberté

Art Gallery
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La Nouvelle Liberte
This unusual art has come to represent the hustle of the city | Daniel KAMENI
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
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Prime Minister's Lodge Buea
Southern Cameroonians want to restore their government here | Amcaja
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
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Lake Nyos
Carbon dioxide is pumped out of the lake to prevent the disaster that happened in 1986 | Bill Evans, USGS
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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Korup National Park

Park, Natural Feature
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Entrance into Korup Park
A suspension bridge leads into Korup Park | © Christos Astaras / WikiCommons
One of the richest primary forests in the world has been made accessible to visitors. Accommodation is available, and a suspension bridge leads into the park. It’s a great place to see wild animals and birds.
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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Touristy

Benoue National Park

Natural Feature
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River Benoue
The area around the Benoue River is a habitat for lions, elephants, hippos and monkeys | © ongola boy / Flickr
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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Mvog-Betsi Zoo

Park, Zoo
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Mvog-Betsi Zoo
There's a small jungle on the edge of town | © Eleazar / WikiCommons
For a small fee you can relax in this zoo, which is easy to get to. The main attractions are lions, baboons, hyena and snakes, monkeys and birds.
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Mon:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly