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Cameroon Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

475,442 sq km (183,569 sq miles).

Population

22.5 million (2013).

Population density

47.3 per sq km.

Capital

Yaoundé.

Government

Republic. Gained independence in 1961.

Head of state

President Paul Biya since 1982.

Head of government

Prime Minister Philemon Yang since 2009.

Electricity

110/220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

While referring to Cameroon as 'Africa in miniature' has become a bit of a cliché, this statement certainly rings true: everything you would expect from the African continent seems to be consolidated in this diverse slice of land. The south boasts tropical rainforests and deserted golden beaches; the northern parts are awash with great expanses of desert, lakes and savannah; volcanic mountains dominate the southwest and northwest, and game-viewing areas scattered throughout the country offer ample opportunity to observe impressive wildlife, including elephants and lions.

Poverty blights much of Cameroon's infrastructure, meaning transport and accommodation are underdeveloped. Outstanding border disputes with Cameroon's powerful neighbour Nigeria (linked in part with control of the oil-rich Niger delta) mean relations are somewhat awkward. While a key dispute, involving the Bakassi Peninsula, has been officially resolved, the border region is still considered unsafe. The areas bordering Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) are also unstable.

Aside from certain no-go areas, Cameroon offers a wealth of activities and beautiful destinations to keep the adventurous traveller enthralled. From its verdant rainforests to its powerful creatures, this country is bursting with life; go, before it becomes 'discovered'.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 21 September 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

The FCO advise against all travel to within 40km of the border with Nigeria’s Adamawa state within Cameroon’s North and Adamaoua provinces, and to within 40km of the border with Chad. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of North and Adamaoua provinces.

The FCO advise against all travel to the Bakassi Peninsula as shown on the map.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to within 40km of the border with the Central African Republic (CAR).

Cameroon has closed land, air and sea borders with countries affected by Ebola, including Nigeria, as a prevention measure against the spread of Ebola. Flights and ships travelling from or via Ebola affected countries are banned. Make sure your onward/return travel arrangements are flexible and take account of these travel restrictions.

On 27 July, attacks on Kolofata Town in Far North Province resulted in fatalities and a number of people taken hostage.

There is a general threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Kidnappings have taken place as recently as July 2014 in an area to which the FCO advise against all travel. Boko Haram has publicly threatened Cameroon with attacks and further kidnappings.

On 14 May 2013, the Government of Nigeria declared a state of emergency in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Borno and Adamawa border Cameroon’s Far North, North, and Adamaoua provinces. Nigerian military operations there could have an impact across the border in Cameroon.

There have been attacks on commercial shipping vessels in the Gulf of Guinea, including the coastline of Cameroon around the Douala port. Take great care when travelling in coastal waters.

Despite the high crime levels, most visits to Cameroon are trouble-free. Only a few British nationals needed consular assistance in the past year.

In response to the World Health Organisation’s emergency recommendations about the spread of polio virus, the government of Cameroon now requires all departing travellers who have spent more than 4 weeks in the country to provide evidence of vaccination against polio. issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre about protection from the polio virus.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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