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The population is a great melting pot of 250 ethnic groups, attached to the protection of their customs and lifestyle. In the North and the West regions, the authentic traditional palaces are very popular among tourists. They are independently ruled by chiefs in a peaceful cohabitation with the democratic central power, customs and modernity, economy and human values. Nevertheless, the territorial areas seem to follow the inherited pre-colonial subdivisions. Traditional chiefs play an important role in the cultural and political fields, and also maintain a moral and religious order at their local level.
As mentioned before, the governmental authorities recognize their moral influence as well as the majority of people. In the villages, the inhabitants naturally identify and resort to their power.
To avoid despotism, the Chief is responsible to his great fellow servants and some secret societies, contributing to raise a balanced exercise of power. The palace symbolizes both power and cultural influence in a value system endorsed by all the community members.
If hiking is not your thing, then you might prefer relaxing in the picturesque town of Limbe, perfectly located between Mount Cameroon and the Atlantic Ocean.
Driving to Limbe you are surrounded by miles of lush greenery. With views of the Atlantic Ocean, clear blues skies and Mount Cameroon in the background the landscape is simply stunning and the photo opportunities endless. You will be jumping out of your vehicle several times to simply breathe in the amazing air and absorb the view.
National Parks and Reserves
Waza National Park
As far as safari tourism is concerned, one could easily assert that Cameroon has taken the lions part, with modern parks and reserves, and a magnificent fauna over the country once called the heaven of birds. Here are the major delightful sites:
170,000 ha. It is the most famous in Cameroon, and one of the spectacular parks in the French-speaking countries in Africa. Located in the Far North, it represents the Eden of lions, also hosting hordes of mammals (elephants, hyenas, giraffes, gazelles, ...etc) and a large variety of birds
180,000 ha. The site situated in the heart of the North is renowned for its big antelopes and Derby moose, but also hippopotamus and buffaloes.
Bouba Ndjidah park
Korup National Park
330,000 ha. Located in the North, it hosts 33 species of mammals (cheetahs, hippopotamus, giraffes, warthogs, ...etc) and different species of reptiles.
1,400 ha. The park is famous for its reptiles and monkeys, living in an harmonious flora. The site contains a large number of rare botanical resources.
Campo Maan park
2,264,064 ha. Approximately 60 km near Kribi. Its rich fauna holds 80 species of medium and big mammals: elephants, buffaloes, gorillas, chimpanzees, panthers, mandrills, speckled otters, ...etc.
Mefou National Park
Situated about an hour and a half away from the capital city, this national park covers about 1044 hectares of forest land. It houses chimps, gorillas, baboons and various other species of monkeys. It is home to Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue and rehabilitation centre run by Ape Action Africa. With more than 300 rare and endangered primates in its care.