Cameroon is a West African country. Nearly 1740 different linguistic groups live here. Its ethnic population is exceptionally diverse. The country shares a border with Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south. The Central African Republic is east, and Chad is northeast. You will also find Nigeria to the west. The country has a nickname “Little Africa”, as it includes every geographical region of Africa in one country. These regions are mountains, ocean coastline, grass plains, rainforests, forests and a desert.
The official languages are French and English, although the majority of the population understands French better. The government encourages bilingualism in the country, so they write all official documents in two languages. There are also approximately 250 other languages. Due to this fact, Cameroon is considered to be one of the world’s most linguistically diverse countries.
The most popular religion in Cameroon is Christianity, with the predomination of Catholicism, followed by Protestantism. Islam is also significantly presented in the country.
The official currency is CFA Franc. The approximate exchange rate is XAF656 for US$1. Euro is the easiest currency to exchange. US Dollar is the next most acceptable. Only some airline offices and hotels accept credit cards. ATMs are very rare. Also, you probably won’t be able to obtain cash in banks from your credit card.
Both taxis and share-taxis are available and have reasonable prices. They don’t have meters, so you need to negotiate the price beforehand. Car hire, on the other hand, is expensive and rare. You can hire a car in Douala, Yaoundé and Limbé. Cars are available with or without a driver. However, roads are generally in poor condition, except for main arteries. Cars drive on the right side of the road here.
In Cameroon, they use electric sockets and plugs of types C and F, as in Europe and many other African countries. The standard voltage is 220V.
This multicultural nation is also rich in scenic landscapes, rolling plantations, active volcanoes, dense rainforests, white sand beaches, and odd rock formations. Popular destinations include both Dja Faunal Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Korup National Park. You’ll also want to see Mt. Cameroon, West Africa’s highest mountain, Ngoketunjia in the North West Province, and the beautiful Lake Oku.
Traveling around Cameroon may be hard. You must not take photos of things, which can put Cameroon into the negative light. Travelers sometimes have to go through a long, thorough search upon arrival. And also, there were occasions, when tourists were accused of spying. This problem particularly related to those, who visited the sites off the official tourist routes, lived in cheap accommodations and used public transport. However, if you are an adventurous traveler with an attitude for extreme tourism, you can give it a try in Cameroon!
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