At a glance
Official language: French English
Currency: CFA franc
Continent: Central Africa
Trip to Cameroon
In addition to a lush jungle, Cameroon offers a cultural diversity of its population
According to Countryaah, Cameroon is a country in central Africa, which is located on the Atlantic Ocean. It shares borders with Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea.
Travel to Cameroon
Cameroon has a rich cultural heritage like many countries in the region. It also has a game reserve, which is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. The Dja Wildlife Reserve is one of the country’s greatest tourist attractions.
Official language: French English
CFA franc (100 centimes)
ISO 4217 code
XAF / 950
Geo coordinates: N 7 ° 22 ’11 ” E 12 ° 21′ 17″
Highest mountain: Fako (4,095 m)
Total area: 475,440 km²
Mainland: 469,440 km²
National border: 4,591 km
Coastline: 402 km
Dependency: France until 1960
UN member since: 1960
Other political affiliation: Commonwealth
Form of government: Parliamentary republic
Export goods: Cocoa, coffee, aluminum
BSP: $ 19,142,700,000
GDP: $ 20,453,000,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 44.8 billion
Economic growth: 3.3%
GDP share of agriculture: 45.3%
GDP share of industry: 18.7%
GDP share of services: 36%
Inflation rate: 2.4%
State budget revenue: $ 3,640,000,000
State budget expenditure: $ 3.02 billion
National debt: 63.3%
Export: $ 3,984,000,000
Import: $ 3,341,000,000
Foreign debt: $ 9,889,000,000
Gold and currency reserves: $ 1,123,000,000
Gas reserves: 110,400 million m³
Oil reserves: 85 million m³
Oil production: 86,000 million m³
Oil consumption: 27,000 million m³
Cultivation area: 14.98%
Bovine: 6,044,000 pieces
Sheep: 3,700,000 pieces
Fishing: 146,000 t
Residents in cities: 8,264,000
Average age: 18.9 years
0-14 years: 41.2%
15-64 years: 55.5%
> 65 years: 3.3%
Population growth: 2.04%
Birth rate: 33.89 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 13.47 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 1.01
Fertility: 4.39 children / woman
Infant mortality: 63.52 ‰
Life expectancy men: 51.34 years
Life expectancy women: 51.34 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: CM
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: CMR
ISO 3166 numeric: 120
Top Level Domain: cm
IOC country code: CMR
UN / LOCODE: CM
Telephone connections: 146,000
Cell Phones: 1,812,000
Internet users: 148,000
Railway lines: 987 km
Paved roads: 6,189 km
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 1
Number of doctors: 1,640
Daily food intake: 2,310 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 590,000
Last sovereign since: 1960
Main religious group: Christians
Prison inmates: 21,300
Armed forces (troop strength): 15,000
Defense Spending: $ 238.9 million
Arriving by plane
Connections with Air France (AF) via Paris, from Vienna with Austrian Airlines (OS) or Brussels Airlines (SN) via Brussels. Direct flight service from Zurich with Swiss (LX) to Douala. In code-share with Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa (LH) flies to Douala and Yaoundé.
Approx. 15,000 XAF in cash.
Arrival by car
There are road links to Chad, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Gabon. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, these roads should not be used during the rainy season and generally at night. The Trans-Africa Highway from Kenya to Nigeria is under construction. The border with the Republic of the Congo was closed. The border area with Nigeria near the Bakassi Peninsula should be avoided.
Buses: Minibuses and bush taxis go from Yaoundé and Douala to neighboring countries. The means of transport may have to be changed at the border.
Arriving by train
Traveling from neighboring countries is problematic because the gauges are not uniform. An extension of the route network from Mbalmayo to Bangui (Central African Republic) is planned.
Arrival by ship
Ship connections between Douala and European ports are irregular. Ships are often en route for three weeks and in between dock in the Canary Islands and at West African ports. Some cargo ships have up to 12 passenger cabins.
ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
The plane is the most efficient means of transport in Cameroon. There are currently no scheduled flights. Charter connections should be requested on site.
Airport fees: 500 CFA Fr.
from Yaoundé to other major centers (approximate hours and minutes):
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On the way by car / bus
The road conditions are generally less good, with the exception of the gravel roads from Douala to Yaoundé, Limbé, Buéa, Bafoussam and Bamenda. The other roads are not passable during the rainy season. Right-hand traffic. Night driving should be avoided.
Bus: There are connections with modern long-distance buses between Yaoundé and Douala, Bafoussam and Bamenda as well as Fouban and Dschanga. The buses in rural areas are often unreliable and sometimes dangerous.
Rental cars with or without a chauffeur are relatively expensive; there are branches in Douala, Yaoundé and Limbé.
Documentation: International driver’s license is recommended. Documents: international driver’s license recommended, international green insurance card.
Traveling in the city
Buses operate in Douala and Yaoundé (one-way fare). Taxis and shared taxis are available at set prices. You are not always in a safe condition; raids must be expected. 10% tip is at the passenger’s discretion.
On the go by train
Cameroonian trains are slow but inexpensive (and still faster than buses). There are daily train connections from Yaoundé to Ngaoundéré with the ‘Gazelle du Nord’, which runs from Douala via Yaoundé and Belabo to Ngaoundéré. There are also daily connections from Yaoundé to Douala with connections to Nkongsamba and from Douala to Kumba. Some trains have couchette cars, only a few are air-conditioned or have dining cars. Tickets must be purchased on the day of departure.