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Cameroon

Cameroon

Etymology

From Portuguese Rio dos Camarões ‎(“river of prawns”) [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

NetSquared Douala – We come together once a month to sort out challenges related to the IT. suggest adapted and adaptable solutions with the aim to empower one another and foster development in the society. [meetup]

Netsquared Yaounde : Technology for a Global Change – This is a social gathering of talented young men and women that have a passion for change. A change that can affect a generation and its extending future. This changes come through challenges that they face in their communities and even to areas that their imaginations can draw to. [meetup]

Odoo Cameroun – Join us to learn more about the Odoo software (former OpenERP). If you simply want to know the functional aspects (basic and advanced), or be able to develop modules adapted for your company or for your customers, this group is for you. [meetup]

PrestaShop – Yaoundé Ecommerce Meetup – PrestaShop comes to meet the Cameroonian Community! Come and exchange with many merchants and developers the best tips, tricks and latest news around the online commerce and e-commerce software Open-source PrestaShop. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Cameroon African Girls – Meet a lovely girls from Cameroon. Free dating service. Girls online. [cameroon african girls]

Topface – A fast and easy way to date in Yaoundé, Centre Province, Cameroon. No registration needed, login using Facebook or Vkontakte , use apps for iOS and Android to be online more often. [topface]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

African Tour Operators – Douala is one of the most important towns in Cameroon. It is actually the economic capital of Cameroon and also serves as the main entrance into the country through Douala International airport and sea port at the Atlantic coast. [african tour operators]

Tour By Locals – Experience Douala and Yaounde through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour ‘suggestions’ – each can be customized just for you. [tours by locals]

Urban Adventures – City sites, a handicraft market, a religious icon, and a pit stop at a local spot — this Yaoundé tour gives you all the highlights so that you’ll know the city like a local in just a day! You’ll see buildings that hold the politics of Cameroon, learn about the independence of West Africa, visit a monastery, and then look down at it all from the peak of one of the highest points in the city. [urban adventures]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bafoussam – Although at first glance this city can seem busy and uninspiring, it will reward those who choose to explore. The people here are very friendly and welcoming to tourists and the palace here is a great, if not the best, example of a Royal Palace in Cameroon. The accommodation in the city is affordable and there are some true hidden gems to be found. The main tourist attraction is the tribal museum in the city which is part of the “Four Museums of Cameroon” project. [the crazy tourist]

Bamenda – Bamenda holds the title of being the capital of Cameroon’s north-west and is a large city with all the amenities and facilities needed by travellers. The city of Bamenda is not likely to keep you interested for more than a day or two but Bamenda is a great place to reach the country’s highlands which offer beautiful lush scenery and hidden villages. The surrounding landscape is a great place for mountain biking, hiking and finding some off the radar guesthouses and restaurants. [the crazy tourist]

Campo Ma’an National Park – This massive national park covers an area of 264,000 hectares. The landscapes confined within this massive area are as diverse as you would expect. From mountains to rainforest, the diverse landscape is home to mammals, birds and even sea turtles which make their nests on the beaches here. Having your own vehicle is the best way to see the area and the few basic hostels in the park are fine for a few nights stay. In total, there are more than 80 species of mammals at the park and more than 300 bird species pop up here throughout the year. The National Park is funded by the WWF and is supported further by timber and palm oil plantations in the area. [the crazy tourist]

Dja Faunal Reserve – The Dja Faunal Reserve is one of the largest areas of protected rainforest in Africa. 90% of the reserve consists of unspoiled and protected forest marked out by the Dja River which acts as a natural border for the area. The reserve is home to 107 mammals including a large variety of primates, for which the reserve is best known. The area is not too easy to access and a local guide is advisable. [the crazy tourist]

Douala – Douala has a reputation for being a bit grimey and insalubrious but this should not put you off visiting. This is the major city in Cameroon in most aspects; the airport is the biggest in the country, as is the port and the business centre here is the main one in the country. All of these hubs result in a chaotic and overactive feel and it is likely that you will not relax much whilst you are here. [the crazy tourist]

Dschang – This city, located in the West province of Cameroon, is growing quickly and the population has increased tenfold in the past 20 years. The main attractions in the city are the Museum of Civilization, which explores the history of Cameroon through its tribes and cultures, and the Center le Cinematique which, as it sounds is a museum centered around film. The latter of these two attractions seems to have been neglected in recent years but the Museum of Civilization is still a great learning experience for visitors to Cameroon. [the crazy tourist]

Foumban – For art lovers, Foumban is a must-see city in Cameroon. The city has its roots in arts, music and architecture. It is also the city in Cameroon with the largest Muslim population. The city is much like a blend of North and West Africa with its Islamic influences. The Royal Palace and its adjoining museum is the main attraction here although the city’s mosque is also worth a visit while you are here. [the crazy tourist]

Garoua – Garoua, the capital of the North, is located on the banks of the Benue River. The city is a hive of industry and thrives as a river port exporting everything from petroleum to animal hides. Several game reserves in the area mean that tourists often stay within Garoua and use the city as a base. The city itself has few attractions but does have amenities, guesthouses and restaurants making it a worthy place to stay when visiting the local game reserves. [the crazy tourist]

Korup National Park – Korup National Park is a vast area, comprising 126,000 hectares of evergreen forest. The park is well maintained with resident scientists and well-marked trails. Many species of birds can be found in the park including hornbills and the extremely rare red headed rockfowl. Visitors to the park may even be lucky enough to see elephants or chimps although these are rare. [the crazy tourist]

Kribi – This is the home of paradise in Cameroon. The beaches here are stunning with white sand, blue sea and fresh fish served from the restaurants lining the seafront. There are plenty of hotels in the Kribi area and most are reasonably priced. If after lounging by the beach all day you are looking for something different to do, the Chutes de la Lobe waterfalls are just 8km due south from the town. The waterfalls cascade directly into the sea forming a truly memorable sight. [the crazy tourist]

Limbe – Occupying the slopes of Mount Cameroon, an active volcanic mountain, Limbe is a city that acts as a great base for travellers who are looking to explore the beauty of the area. The botanical gardens in the city are a great place to learn about the nature and plants in the area before exploring the nearby waterfalls and national park. The mountain itself has a summit height of over 4,000m and is therefore a serious challenge but walks for novices are still possible around the base of the mountain without making a full ascent. If you are a lover of nature and wildlife then this is the place for you in Cameroon. [the crazy tourist]

Maroua – Nowhere near as lush and green, Maroua still has an appeal of its own. The streets are remarkably red, sandy and dusty and the buildings are a dull beige colour but the colours of the locals clothing brings plenty of colour to the city. Maroua is a great place to experience the culture of Cameroon and its bustling markets are some of the best in the country. The city is also a great base for travllers wishing to visit the Mandara Mountains in the north of the country. [the crazy tourist]

Mefou National Park – Mefou is a project run by volunteers just outside of Yaounde. The park is a rehabilitation centre for apes including chimps and gorillas. The staff at the national park are very helpful and can arrange a guided tour of the facilities if requested. The park is easily reached if you have your own vehicle. Just be sure to take enough food and drink for the day as the park’s facilities are limited in this respect. [the crazy tourist]

Waza National Park – About 180 miles to the north of Maroua is Waza National Park. This park looks very different during the four seasons but is always a good place to witness some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife including elephants, giraffes and hyenas. Self-drive vehicles are allowed to explore the park but you will need a guide. This is not necarasilly a bad thing as you are much more likely to see the wildlife with a local guide that knows their stuff. [the crazy tourist]

Yaounde – West Africa may not be known for beautiful cities but Cameroon’s capital Yaounde certainly is one. The city is immaculately planned to be spread over seven hills meaning that the numerous buildings in the city are separated by stretches of lush green and rising terrain. In addition to its layout, the city is clean and safe with plenty of points of interest. [the crazy tourist]

Festivals

Festivals

African Theater Festival for Children and Young People (FATEJ) – November in Cameroon marks the exciting arrival of the FATEJ. Held every two years in Yaoundé, the festival brings together young people from across Africa and around the world to participate in theatre workshops delivered by industry professionals. The event is a great opportunity for troupes around the country to hone their craft in a cosmopolitan and collaborative environment. [iexplore]

Culture Week – Observed in either August or September, Culture Week takes place all over Cameroon. The youth travel back to their villages to pay respect to their families and ancestors. The week also involves music shows, wrestling matches, sports games and traditional dances that involve sacred masks. [iexplore]

Festival National des Arts et de la Culture (FENAC) – FENAC is the largest festival in Cameroon that has no religious affiliation. Simply a celebration of the country’s vibrant arts scene, artists from all over help to grow the event and promote the rich heritage of the region. Taking place in Moroua in December, FENAC is characterized by lively parades, colorful music and dance shows. [iexplore]

Ngondo Festival – Also taking place in December, Ngondo is a celebration of one of Cameroon’s many ethnic groups. Held in the city of Douala, the festival’s main goal is to showcase the arts and culture of the Sawa people who mainly inhabit the region’s coastal areas. The event takes place on the banks of the Wouri River and it’s a wonderful time to see the streets taken over by dance, song and friendly competitions like canoe races. The lucky travelers who can make it here during this time are bound to have a good experience. [iexplore]

Nyem-Nyem Festival – Held during July in Ngaoundéré, a city in the Adamawa area, the Nyem-Nyem Festival is held to commemorate the resistance movement of the Nyem-Nyem people against German control. Locals come out in full force, showing their support for those who fought for the region’s independence. The occasion is marked by cultural dances with full traditional attire. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bus – Between major cities you can get a ride on modern, comfortable buses, sometimes with air conditioning. Away from the larger centers you will most likely end up on the ever-present Toyota bush taxis. These are slightly elongated Toyota minivans that can hold up to 20 people (or more if necessary) along with their luggage piled up on top. [wikitravel]

By car – Rental cars are available although very expensive. As paved roads are rare away from the major cities of the west and northwest, a 4 x 4 is a necessity when traveling to the eastern or central areas of Cameroon. The roads in the north are paved between cities and even the dirt roads tend to be in decent condition due to the lack of rain. [wikitravel]

By train – Train service, Camrail, exists from the capital, Yaoundé, to the port city of Douala and the northern city of Ngaoundéré. While bus service is quicker and more reliable to Douala, the overnight train is the best mode of ground transport to the north. Check for current schedules and pricing. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Meteor Cameroon – Meet other developers using Meteor. Share your knowledge, apps, and get feedback from others. Meteor is an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you’re an expert developer or just getting started. [meetup]

Yaoundé Tech Meetup – Amateurs and Professionals of Web and Mobile Application Development in Yaoundé. Every month, experiences feedback and web application discovery & amp; Mobile developed by Cameroonians. [meetup]

Yaoundé WordPress Meetup – We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Cameroon – Salut and welcome to our community of expats and global minds in Cameroon! Specifically created to support expats, by joining InterNations, you’ll gain access to our extensive collection of articles on expat life and find advice and insider tips for your new adventure in Cameroon. Here you’ll find answers to your questions, such as “how safe is driving around Cameroon?” and “which areas are expats advised to avoid?”. We understand that relocation can be tricky so we aim to remove as many obstacles as possible so you can enjoy the excitement of your new adventure. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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