The climate and geography of Cameroon make it so that this country in Western-Africa is, really, a good representation of every type of climate and environment the continent has to offer, from desert to savanna to more equatorial-looking areas. This is one of the reasons why there is such an interest in the country’s biosphere and ecosystems, and that is also why more and more people are drawn to these parts, in hopes of enjoying and catching a glimpse of this “mini-Africa” rolled into the one place.
When you decide to visit Cameroon, national parks and animals in their natural habitats are not all that you get to see. The place is drenched in history and culture. Still, many landmarks in this region are natural marvels and attract an increasing number of visitors thanks to the political stability, which is considerably lacking in the neighbouring countries. Among the must-sees in Cameroon are:
- Mt. Cameroon, Mt. Oku, and Mt. Manengouba: Calling these peaks “mountains” is actually incorrect, as they are volcanoes. While the latter is inactive, the other two are “dormant”, and much loved by hiking enthusiasts, wildlife photographers and all lovers of the outdoors more generally speaking.
- Lake Chad: In a country filled with many bodies of water and rich in volcanic lakes, at the border near Chad; Niger and Nigeria are the seventh largest lake on Earth (although endangered by climate change). If you do decide to visit, do so with a guide, and don’t forget precautions especially as you near the border with Chad, due to political instability in the area.
- Lobé and Ekom Waterfalls: Some of the most known natural landmarks in all of Cameroon, they are a testament to the abundance of water in the country, and a symbol of the reason why Cameroon was strategic in the colonial era.