CAMEROON TRAVEL GUIDE
Leave your set notions behind when you visit Cameroon, for here you’ll meet people who come from as many as 130 ethnic groups. That truly doesn’t matter because their joie de vivre unites them all.
Often called "mini Africa", Cameroon’s topography spans deserts, tropical forests, savanna grasslands and active volcanoes. Bring extra cash for souvenirs - the markets showcase artisans at work, selling some of the best crafts in Africa.
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CAMEROON QUICK FACTS
Currency: communaute financiere africaine franc (XAF)
Area: 475,440 km²
Population: 25,22 million (2018)
Language: 4 major African language groups, English & French official
Religion: indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%
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CAMEROON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 11 February, Youth Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 20 May, National Day
- 15 August, Assumption
- 25 December, Christmas
Also, Good Friday, Ascension, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.
CAMEROON WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Cameroon has one main rainy reason that lasts from May-November when the West African Monsoon brings moist air over the country from the Atlantic Ocean. The peak rainy months correspond with the lowest average temperatures of the year. The Southern Plateaus experience two shorter rainy seasons during May-June and October-November. Cameroon’s dry season lasts from December-April and corresponds with the highest average temperatures of the year during the latter part of the season in the months of February-April. The southern part of the country is characterised as humid and equatorial with temperatures ranging from 20-25°C (depending on altitude) and the wettest regions receiving more than 400 mm of rainfall per month. Northern Cameroon (north of 6°) is semi-arid and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-30°C. This portion of the country receives less than 100 mm of rainfall per month.
HEALTH RISKS IN CAMEROON
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.