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'.
Pro- and anti-government demonstration are planned to take place in major urban areas from 23 February 2011 for an indefinite peiod. It is advised to avoid these demonstrations and exercise caution in crowded places.
Most visits to Cameroon are trouble-free.
It is advised against all travel to the area bordering the Central African Republic and Chad, where armed banditry is common.
It is advised against all travel along the Meiganga-Ngaoundere road and to the Belel area due to cases of banditry (including carjackings). Extreme care should be excercised if travelling on any other route between the north and the south of the country by road, especially if travelling the eastern route through Garoua-Boulai.
It is advised against all travel to the area bordering Nigeria in the region of the Bakassi Peninsula.
Overland travel out of Cameroon can be difficult. Gendarmerie (rural police) detachments are posted along the road between Maroua and the Chadian border. The border with the Republic of Congo is closed.
Cameroon has petty crime (robbery and mugging) but be aware that these attacks frequently involve an unnecessary level of violence.
Armed muggings and banditry are a serious problem throughout Cameroon. Sensible personal security precautions should be taken and a high level of vigilance in public places. It is strongly advised not to resist thieves: people who have done so have been killed.
The threat from terrorism is low but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
It is advised to carry some form of identification at all times (either a residence permit or a certified copy of your passport). Failure to produce such identification can lead to detention by the police.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice: British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Tel: 020 7008 1500. Website: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice