Basalt cliffs dot a volcanic plain, dust storms conceived on the Nigerian border sweep out of the sunset onto thorn trees, red rock cairns and herds of brindle cattle…and frankly, you wouldn't be half surprised to see a cowboy or a dragon or both pass across this awesome, evocative landscape.
Garoua is a pleasant enough spot to spend the night or wait for a vehicle transfer, which is the extent of most people's plans here. You may need to make a stopover if you're overlanding into Chad; pay a visit to the Chadian consulate for visas, a far better place to get a visa than the embassy in Yaoundé.
Parc National Du Waza
The most accessible of Cameroon's national parks, Parc National du Waza is also the best for viewing wildlife. While it can't compare with East African parks, you're likely to see elephants, hippos, giraffes, antelopes and – with luck – lions. Late March to April is the best time for viewing, as the animals congregate at water holes before the rains.