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Cultural Tourism
In Africa, Cameroon represents a country of its own, enriched with a cultural diversity. It concentrates the best of Africa. This exceptional heritage offers a mosaic of cultures for the satisfaction of all tourist expectations. In short, the outstanding originality of the country is expressed in its cultural diversity.
 

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. 

 Each traditional territory is organized around the symbolic figure of the Chief. According to the region, he is called Fon of Lamido, even Sultan in some Muslim kingdoms. He stands in the heart of the social organisation and exercises political and spiritual functions. The thriving of its reign strongly depends on his capacity of mediating between the living and the forefathers, hierarchy inside and danger outside his administrative territory.

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.

 Today, traditional societies stand at the crossroads, as they need to find out a stability between the protection of their common heritage and the development of personal ambitions. Despite all, this prestigious tribal power keeps on adapting the country's evolution. That should explain why Cameroonian people are so proud of their cultural treasures.

Limbe

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.
Limbe is a popular area for tourists as there is so much to do in this pretty town. Wandering Limbe during the day you will find a picture-perfect busy town (exercise caution when crossing the busy streets) with friendly locals, cafes and the famous black sand beaches. In the town we highly recommend sampling the roadside treats of freshly made French crepes, a throwback to the country's French colonial past. The crepes are delicious -- a popular and familiar treat for the Western palate. 
Limbe Botanic Gardens provide the opportunity to see rare flowers and walk amongst the 1,500 closely planted trees, many of which are medicinal. The abundance of trees and flowers makes the gardens a paradise for birds.
This is a great place to visit for the entire family; It has a large open-air arena where local traditional dancing and drumming take place, and the dancers actively encourage visitors to join in as they teach you traditional dance moves. There is also a wonderful arts and crafts store where you can buy incredible souvenirs from all over Cameroon.

Kribi

Besides the marvellous diversity of African resources that are concentrates in Cameroon, tourist will delight lounging in the beautiful beaches and relaxing in the sunny coasts of Atlantic (400km) 
The country also comprises many other attractions such as picturesque bays and the natural sandy-beaches, islands, mangrove, vegetations and waterfalls which all pour in the sea. Passing through Douala, the access to the two major sea resorts is allowed during the day.
Called ‘’The Cameroon Cote D’Azur’’ because of its grey-sandy beaches, Kribi offers a delightful view with the Equatorial forest vegetation around. In the south of the town, the spectacle is unique: the Lobe river pours over beautiful waterfalls into the Atlantic Ocean. Farther, two very typical villages of fishermen, Eboundja and Ebodje, are worth the visit. From the Lobe, a canoe trip can be organized to meet pygmies in the forest.

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

Benoue Park

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

At about 220,000 ha. this is the land of the rhinoceros, living close to other species like lions, elephants, panthers and other buffaloes. The site is located in the North.

Korup National Park

The Korup national park in the South West covers 1,259 km2 in the oldest humid and tropical forests of the world. It is considered as a real living museum of more than 60 million years old. Its flora and fauna is rich and unique because the site is reported to have dated from the Ice Era! Different studies have allowed the identification of over 400 varieties of trees of which several medicinal plants. A liana with positive effects against cancers and aids is reported to have been recently discovered there. There are more than 300 species of birds living in the park along with 174 species of reptiles and amphibians, without forgetting the 140 species of fishes stocked in the river across.

Faro park

330,000 ha. Located in the North, it hosts 33 species of mammals (cheetahs, hippopotamus, giraffes, warthogs, ...etc) and different species of reptiles.

 

Mozozo Gokoro

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.

Apart from the national parks, Cameroon also owns a large number of reserves hosting and protecting all the finest of African fauna: Pangar-Djerem, Dja, Campo, Kimbi, Mbi Crater, Douala, Edea, Lobeke lake, Ossa lake, Santchou and Bafia. Dja and Campo reserves are the two inviolate sanctuaries where gorillas live in peace.

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.