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Different Forms of Tourism
An absolute must-visit place is the monument of reunification found at Yaounde, as well as the cathedral. But you will discover the history of Cameroon not by visiting monuments, but by talking and exchanging with Cameroonians, because in Cameroon as in the whole of black Africa, the history is oral and non-material.
15 million inhabitants divided into 280 ethnicities and more than 200 languages. The cultural richness of Cameroon is as much due to its diversity as due to its complexity. However, we can distinguish 5 big ethnic groups : the Bamilekes and the Bamoums to the west, the Foulanis and the Kirdis to the north and the Ewondos around Yaounde. The Bamilekes are concentrated especially in the western mountainous regions and are the most important community of Douala, where they control the economic activity.
In the rural zones, they dominate around 80 political units, placed under the aegis of a fiercely defended leadership. Each one contains secret societies responsible for overlooking the observance of rites. The Bamoums, on the other hand, have a unique chief, the sultan. Cameroonians are very hospitable, but they can sometimes be suspicious of the arrival of strangers, especially in places less visited by tourists. When you arrive in the rural zones, it is best to find the chief of the village and inform him of your presence in order to obtain his authorization to cross the tribal lands.
The natural environment is magnificent in Cameroon, as proven by the natural caves at Akok-Bekoe or the natural reserves at Wasa,Dja and Benoue. Moreover, tourists are also recommended to see the impressive waterfalls at Lobe, Mvigligui, Edea or Lagbo.
Cameroon is a non-religious state. Thus, tourists need not have any worry regarding their religion, without evidently being ostentatious.
The beaches at Kribi and Limbe are splendid and attract many tourists.
- Winter Sports
- Outdoor Activities
You can savor walks in the jungle or in the villages located in rural zones. In addition, you can also swim in the splendid Cameroonian beaches.
The city of Yaounde has many shopping malls and markets for tourists such as the covered market of Mokolo. The cottage industry is predominant but the city also has many modern structures.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Yaounde (GMT+1 )
- Summer Time Period
There is a 1 hour time-lag in summer. No time-lag in winter.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
Sahelian in the North while it is tropical and humid in the South, thus a lot of climatic differences depending on the region. Frequent rains in the South (except in December - March and June - August) which are rarer as one travels northwards. January - February is a good period to visit. Take light clothes and something to protect from the rain in the rainy season. It is advised to wear a woolens at high altitude places.
- For Further Information
National Meteorology of Cameroon
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
For some people, the Cameroonian food is a mixture of the French and Lebanese cuisine.
Restaurants are usually quite expensive, even exorbitant. Most of the Cameroonian dishes contain fruits and salty ingredients. Cameroon produces lots of avocados, pineapples, mangoes and a lots of citrus fruits.
Water, juice, fizzy drinks and beer is mainly consumed. There also exists a palm-based alcohol that is quite strong. At the beginning of 2008, the price of fizzy drinks and beer increased significantly on the decision of the national company: the brasseries of Cameroon.
- Dietary Restrictions
Food restrictions vary according to each one's religion, but they are mostly present in the northern part of the country.
- Domestic Currency
CFA Franc BEAC
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
The currency is the CFA franc.
- Possible Means of Payment
Liquid cash is mainly evident in its usage. Checks issued by a western bank are not always accepted. The network for VISA credit cards or Master Cards is well installed.
- Official Language
French and English are the official languages of Cameroon.
- Other Languages Spoken
There are close to 200 African dialects.
- Business Language
In the business environment, French is more frequently used, although English is also used.
- Getting Some Knowledge
Knowing fluent French or English, you will not have any problem during your stay.
- Free Translation Tools
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