Cameroon, with two official languages (English and French), has a huge tourist potential, which have earned it the appellation of “Africa in miniature”.
The variety of climates, ecological landmarks and human diversity give the impression of putting together in one country all landmarks found in Africa.
Several tourist sites are spread over the entire country, with all kinds of features:
- the Kribi and Limbe beaches for seaside tourism;
- the chiefdoms of the West, pygmy camps in the East and South of the country for cultural tourism ;
- the national parks of the north and Far North Provinces, the Lobe falls and caves of the South for photo safaris;
- the mountain chain of the West, with Mount Cameroon standing 4,070m above sea level and the Mandara Mountains of the Far-North, for mountain climbers;
- there are 47 hunting zones scattered across the country for hunting expeditions; and,
- farm tourism in numerous flower gardens, as well as coffee, cocoa, rubber, oil palm, tea, pepper and tomato plantations in the country
The development of tourism was the fifth point on the Head of State’s ten-point programme for building the country’s future during the current seven-year term of office.
Two major steps were taken with a view to developing tourism in Cameroon and promoting Cameroon as a tourism destination. One was to open a tourist information bureau in Paris for Europe in October 2000 and the other was to set up a National Tourism Council with responsibility for designing a sound strategy to boost the tourism sector.