Cameroon is an interesting place to visit because of its diversity. The people include ancient tribal kingdoms; forest-dwelling ethnic groups, Christians and Muslims alike: making it one of the most culturally diverse countries on the African continent. Just as diverse as the people of Cameroon is the geography. For hikers, there is the highest mountain in Central and West Africa in the city of Buea called Mount Cameroon that stands over four thousand ninety-five meters which makes for a challenging expedition for people looking to confront it; which also makes it on of the most sort after tourist destination. Guides are available from the city and the right equipment can be hired if one does not have what is needed. Trekking on this mountain is an amazing experience that travelers cherish. Tin roofed huts are present at intervals for hikers to rest and stay. The famous volcano of Cameroon known locally as Mount Faka and the Chariot of the Gods is also one of Cameroon's main tourist attractions.
"…Cameroon is an interesting place to visit because of its diversity. The people include ancient tribal kingdoms; forest-dwelling ethnic groups, Christians and Muslims alike…"
The Waza National and Campo Ma'an National Parks
There are numerous photo opportunities abound in Cameroon. The coastline offers beautiful beaches around Limbé and in the north of the country is Kribi, boasting Cameroon's most famous national park, Waza National Park. The animal population is so great that it also houses endangered species with the likes of the giraffe family, antelopes, bird species and jackals among others. Founded in the year 1934, the Waza National Park was originally meant for hunting reserves. However, it was converted into a National Park with a land area of about seventeen hundred kilometers and even became a UNESCO biosphere reserve. This National Park is said to be a special place and the most visited one due to the following reasons: It is the most important wildlife park in the city of Cameroon and one of the most significant in the continent of Africa. It is one of the living evidences of the country's living resources. Tourists are allowed to roam around the entirety of the park with a roving and fully protected vehicle. The grasses may be a little tall hampering a full view of wandering animals, but there are also areas in the place where grasses are burned for a close-up and more vivid view. The Campo Ma'an National Park is located in the South of Cameroon. The entire area of the Park consists of four logging concessions, an agro-forestry zone, and an agro-industrial zone with rubber and palms as the main plant. Tourists visiting can camp out there for the day in the midst of various plants and animals. The park is also home to numerous numbers of plant and flower species and well known for its rich biodiversity.
Musa Heritage Gallery
Located in the city of Kumbo-which is the second largest city in the Northwest of Cameroon, is the The Musa Heritage Gallery. Known as The Grassfields Museum and Mus'Art Gallery for short, it was established in December 1996 dedicated in memory of Cameroonian woodcarver Daniel Kanjo Musa and his son John Yuniwo Musa. It houses a collection of over four hundred art objects that were mainly created between 1970 and 2000 and range from bamboo work, gadgets, wood carvings to basketry, metal works and pottery. As an internationally renowned gallery, the Mus'Art Gallery focuses on the preserving and promoting masterpieces of the arts and crafts of Cameroon's Western Grass fields while also acquiring contemporary Cameroonian arts and crafts. As one of the popular places to visit in Cameroon, tourists flock out there for a taste to better appreciate the material culture of the people of the Cameroon. The museum is handled by the Musa family and is open to visitors who come for a trip to Cameroon.
The Fon's Palace
The Fon of Bafut is the traditional ruler of the town of Bafut (one of the largest villages in the North West Province); and its adjoining areas in the Northwest Province, Cameroon, which comprise the erstwhile Fondom of Bafut. Presently, the Fon of Bafut is still a local ruler under jurisdiction from the Government of Cameroon and a board of Fons. The palace of the Fon of Bafut or Ntoh is a major tourist attraction originally built out of wood and liana. The complex and the central shrine were burnt to the ground during the Bafut Wars, but it was rebuilt over the period 1907 and 1910 with help from the Germans after the signing of the peace treaty. Its buildings represent both colonial influences and indigenous vernacular architectural styles, and are mostly made of fired bricks covered by tiles. The residence presently serves as the guesthouse, and also houses a museum that Fon Abumbi II declared it features relics from the Battle of Mankon in 1891. An original palace that still stands due to the belief that it shelters the spirits of the Fon's ancestors is the Achum. The Achum has a striking architecture with its pyramidal thatched roof; and only the Fon and some village notables are allowed entry into it. There are two other older palaces of the Fon of Bafut namely:
• The old palace of Mbebli housing the tombs of the first three Bafut kings Firloo, Nebasi Suh and Ambebi. Libation for the famous Bafut annual dance Abin e Mfor begins here.
• The palace at Njibujang containing the tomb of the eighth King of Bafut Achirimbi I.
"…though a not so popular tourist attraction, many travelers say that the city of Yaounde in Cameroon is an undiscovered jewel of Africa…"
When tired of all that nature expedition, visit Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon. Here you will find the shops, markets, hotels and restaurants that help make modern life so convenient. Though a not so popular tourist attraction, many travelers say that the city of Yaounde is an undiscovered jewel of Africa. With the various treats it has to offer, people call this place the miniature Africa. Located on seven hills, the city offers you coastlines, mountains, savannas, rainforests, and deserts. However, the center of tourist attractions in Yaounde is not focused on the natural destinations of the city. Instead, the museums, palaces, and other landmarks found there entertain the visitors. This is mainly because discovering these landmarks help visitors get a good view of the diverse African culture. One great attraction in the city is the Afhemi Museum. This place is a house to various artifacts that have impacted the culture and history of the country. This includes ritual masks, royal beds, fabrics, and the like. One of the oldest artifacts in this museum is nine hundred years old; and in addition, there is the traditional Kini-Yen Design Clothing for sale in this museum. Also, there is the museum in the Benedictine Monastery that has been there since 1967 that displays traditional crafts and textiles. Other attractions in the city include the National Museum of Yaounde, small zoos, and more.
So if you wish to understand the culture and history of Africa, a visit to the city of Francistown is a good idea. Contact a professional tour operator or the Department of Tourism for more information. You can have a good view of their precious history while experiencing the natural wonders found in Cameroon- the Africa in miniature.