As mentioned before, the governmental authorities recognize their moral influence as well as the majority of people. In the villages, the inhabitants naturally identify and resort to their power.
To avoid despotism, the Chief is responsible to his great fellow servants and some secret societies, contributing to raise a balanced exercise of power. The palace symbolizes both power and cultural influence in a value system endorsed by all the community members.
If hiking is not your thing, then you might prefer relaxing in the picturesque town of Limbe, perfectly located between Mount Cameroon and the Atlantic Ocean.
Driving to Limbe you are surrounded by miles of lush greenery. With views of the Atlantic Ocean, clear blues skies and Mount Cameroon in the background the landscape is simply stunning and the photo opportunities endless. You will be jumping out of your vehicle several times to simply breathe in the amazing air and absorb the view.
Limbe is a popular area for tourists as there is so much to do in this pretty town. Wandering Limbe during the day you will find a picture-perfect busy town (exercise caution when crossing the busy streets) with friendly locals, cafes and the famous black sand beaches. In the town we highly recommend sampling the roadside treats of freshly made French crepes, a throwback to the country’s French colonial past. The crepes are delicious — a popular and familiar treat for the Western palate.
Limbe Botanic Gardens provide the opportunity to see rare flowers and walk amongst the 1,500 closely planted trees, many of which are medicinal. The abundance of trees and flowers makes the gardens a paradise for birds.
This is a great place to visit for the entire family; It has a large open-air arena where local traditional dancing and drumming take place, and the dancers actively encourage visitors to join in as they teach you traditional dance moves. There is also a wonderful arts and crafts store where you can buy incredible souvenirs from all over Cameroon.
National Parks & Reserves
Waza National Park
As far as safari tourism is concerned, one could easily assert that Cameroon has taken the lions part, with modern parks and reserves, and a magnificent fauna over the country once called the heaven of birds. Here are the major delightful sites:
170,000 ha. It is the most famous in Cameroon, and one of the spectacular parks in the French-speaking countries in Africa. Located in the Far North, it represents the Eden of lions, also hosting hordes of mamm
Campo Maan park
At approximately 2,264,064 ha. And 60 km near Kribi. Its rich fauna holds 80 species of medium and big mammals: elephants, buffaloes, gorillas, chimpanzees, panthers, mandrills, speckled otters, …etc.
Apart from the national parks, Cameroon also owns a large number of reserves hosting and protecting all the finest of African fauna: Pangar-Djerem, Dja, Campo, Kimbi, Mbi Crater, Douala, Edea, Lobeke lake, Ossa lake, Santchou and Bafia. Dja and Campo reserves are the two inviolate sanctuaries where gorillas live in peace.
Faro National Park
330,000 ha. Located in the North, it hosts 33 species of mammals (cheetahs, hippopotamus, giraffes, warthogs, …etc) and different species of reptiles.
Mozozo Gokoro National Park
1,400 ha. The park is famous for its reptiles and monkeys, living in an harmonious flora. The site contains a large number of rare botanical resources.
Benoue National Park
180,000 ha. The site situated in the heart of the North is renowned for its big antelopes and Derby moose, but also hippopotamus and buffaloes.
Bouba Ndjidah park
At about 220,000 ha. this is the land of the rhinoceros, living close to other species like lions, elephants, panthers and other buffaloes. The site is located in the North.
Korup National Park
The Korup national park in the South West covers 1,259 km2 in the oldest humid and tropical forests of the world. It is considered as a real living museum of more than 60 million years old. Its flora and fauna is rich and unique because the site is reported to have dated from the Ice Era! Different studies have allowed the identification of over 400 varieties of trees of which several medicinal plants. A liana with positive effects against cancers and aids is reported to have been recently discovered there. There are more than 300 species of birds living in the park along with 174 species of reptiles and amphibians, without forgetting the 140 species of fishes stocked in the river across.
Mefou National Park
Situated about an hour and a half away from the capital city, this national park covers about 1044 hectares of forest land. It houses chimps, gorillas, baboons and various other species of monkeys. It is home to Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue and rehabilitation centre run by Ape Action Africa, with more than 300 rare and endangered primates in its care.