Places to visit in Cameroon

When you travel to Cameroon, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Cameroon, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Cameroon to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Cameroon things to do can include exploring Cameroon attractions and visiting the places of interest.

This monument is located near Bidzar village on the Maroua-Garoua road towards Guider. This archaeological site displays almost 500 engraved figures in total. The figures are mostly in geometrical shapes. It has been assumed that engraving represents some stories or ideas from myths or elaborates a cosmogony.

Located in the north west of Cameroon, it resides on the inner wall of the Bafochu Mbu caldera. There are numerous burial sites over here.

The Musée d'Aart Cmerounais in Yaoundé has a very good collection of traditional masks apart from items showing bronze and wood work. Some may appear scary but you will enjoy going through the collection.

The Museum of Douala is place where you can with your kids. It has natural history and prehistoric galleries, which allows you to get an idea about the historical background of this place. Another place where you can visit with your family is Musa Heritage Gallery.

While you are in Limbe, do not forget to visit the Botanical Gardens. It is the second-oldest botanical garden in Africa. You will find there different kinds of trees like cinnamon, nutmeg, mango, ancient cycads along with a special one which is described as African Viagra by the locals. This garden remains open from 8am to 6pm.

One of the major tourist attractions of the city of Foumban is the Palais Royal. It is the residence of the 19th sultan of the Bamoun dynasty who currently resides here. Inside the palace complex there is a well-organised museum which contains several of the previous sultans' possessions who belonged to this dynasty. A little bit knowledge of French can help you understand better about the history and culture of this region. It is open to public from 9am to 6pm.

If you want to explore the cultural past of Cameroon then you can visit the small villages and towns that are located in the north. Place like Mokolo, Rhumsiki and Koza have undergone little changes with the passage of time. You can get an idea about the past of Cameroon by visiting these places. You are sure to appreciate the local customs and you can also explore the folklore and music of the tribes.

The Fon’s Palace- Located in the north of Bamenda, there is a palace which is a home to a 700-year-old dynasty. There is also a museum which showcases various traditional objects, carvings, costumes and weapons which depicts their culture.

The famous landmark of Cameroon is Waza National Park, which is the most visited place in Cameroon. This park has different types of animals such as antelope, giraffe, jackals and different species of bird. This park is quite popular because you can see endangered animals there.

For the kids visiting this country, Limbe Wildlife Centre is a great place to explore. This zoo basically shelters the rescued animals like chimpanzees, gorillas and other primates who are taken care of under conservation programs. This zoo is jointly maintained by the Ministry of the Environment and a primate charity organization. It is open from 9am in the morning to 4.30pm in the evening. The staffs are friendly and they can guide you regarding several conservation programs undertaken. For more information, you can visit their online website.

For all the adventure seeking tourists, there is the Mandara Mountains located in the Maroua. These mountain ranges are full of hill side villages and valleys which offer spectacular views to the hikers. While walking across the villages one will enjoy the beautiful scenery.

For ultimate pleasure and relaxation, visit the beaches which open into the Gulf of Guinea. These white sand beaches offer you the perfect opportunity to spend some time out in the sun while you can see the waves of the ocean approaching you and touching your feet before receding back. You can also spend the entire evening lazing around in a park with kids.

There are several restaurants, which offer international cuisine. However, do not miss the Saga African Restaurant, which serves authentic African dishes. This Douala based restaurant is open from noon to 11pm. So, you can have your dinner or lunch in this restaurant with your family.

Your trip to Cameroon remains incomplete if you do not visit any restaurant and try out their special dishes. The special food items of Cameroon are Feuille, West African peanut soup, Banana bread, Zom and fried sweet potatoes or plantains. When it comes to regional drinks, you have wide options to choose from. As a source of protein, fish is preferred as it is affordable and is easily available. Chicken is also very much liked. Bush meat is very often consumed which includes meat of pangolin, porcupine and giant rats. Due to conservation programs, bush meat of chimpanzee and gorillas are banned for consumption and selling.

In Cameroon there are several ceremonies and events which offer an insight into the music and art of this society. In these events, you will find that there are several performances, often led by the male member of the society. These performances include masked dancing and beating of the drums. These rhythms are often accompanied by the clapping of hands and thumping of feet.

You can also visit Café des Palabres in order to drink. It is a beautiful café housed in an old German residence in Bonanjo. Let’s take a look at the types of drinks you can try out once you reach Cameroon. Bil-bil is a homemade bear from sorghum, millet and corn.  You can also try out palm wine and Afofo.

All through out the Cameroon you will find several stalls, which are selling a wide variety of products ranging from artefacts to fruits and vegetables. Besides, there are stalls that offer good quality snacks items.

In Rhumsiki, there are several street stalls and workshops from where you can buy ceramics, woodcarvings and music instruments which are quite traditional to the Cameroon. Apart from these there are copper items and masks which are quite popular as souvenirs.

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