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GEOGRAPHY

As a country of Central Africa with countless diverse aspects, the 475,442 square kilometers of Cameroon stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to Chad Lake and from the equatorial part of Africa to the borders of the Sahara region. With coastal planes, low plateaus a volcanoes in the south, with the Adamaoua plateaux reaching an elevation between 800 and 1500 meters in the central region of the country, with arid Savannah's and moonlike mountains (Mandara) in the north, Cameroon reflects the myriad of geographies found in this continent. As the highest point in the country, located in the southwest, Mount Cameroon is always active. It overlooks the sea from its 4070 meter high elevation and provides at its foothills a beach with fine and grey sand that is famous with tourists. With dense jungles that are the living habitat to a diverse collection of flora and animal species, the south and the east of the country are true to the images dreamt about the lush central part of Africa which is crossed by major rivers. In northern Cameroon, it is where one finds Savannah's with landscapes made up of large grassy plains and the noon-like region of Kapsikis.


Cameroon is located in Central Africa, in the heart of the continent. Bordered in the north by Chad, the country spans in the south to the Atlantic coast. Is shares borders with Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo to the south and with Central-African Republic, Chad toe the east and with Nigeria toe the west. There is no time difference in the winter but one hour difference in the summer.


HISTORY

In the 15th Center, in 1472, Fernando Po'O from Portugal reached for the first time the coasts of Cameroon . Up until the 18th Century, numerous merchants and missionaries traveled through the country. From 1844 to the end of First World War, Cameroon was a German protectorate. From 1919 to 1960, Cameroon was under a double protectorate governed by France and Great Britain before gaining its independence. Since 1982, Paul By is the president of the country.


ECONOMIC DATA

The main resources of the country are oil, mining, bauxite production, farming and of course tourism.
YAOUNDE, the capital, is located at an elevation of 700 meters and 200 kilometers from the coast. Being the largest harbor of the country and of the Guif of Guinea, DOUALA is the financial capital.

With 400 kilometers of coasts, Cameroon's shoreline is the perfect setting for beach resorts. The most famous resorts are KIRIBI and LIMBE with their fine sand beaches. Another interesting destination is the estuary of the Lobe River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean with waterfalls.

  

The 9 national parks are the living habitats of one of the most numerous and most diverse fauna of Africa. You can visit these large parks and observe countless animals living in complete freedom in their natural habitat. Lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, birds and many other species are awaiting your visit.

               

CLIMATE

Humid and tropical in the south and dry in the north. Southern Cameroon, Dry season from November to February, light rainy season from March to June, heavy rainy season from August to the end of September. Average temperature: 26'C
Best time to visit, form November to June, which is the dry season, all regions of Cameroon can be visited.

POPULATION
Around 15 millions of inhabitants, with more than 200 different ethnic groups.

LANGUAGE
French for 70% of the population, English for 30% of the population, mostly in the western region close to Nigeria.

CURRENCY
CFA Franc  1euro = 656 F CFA

COUNTRY TELEPHONE CODE
To call to Cameroon from an international location, dial 237