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Getting there & away

Neighbouring countries’ borders are open.




A twice-weekly ferry sails from Limbe to Calabar on Monday and Thursday, and in the opposite direction every Tuesday and Friday.

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Central African Republic

The standard, if rough, route is via Garoua-Boulaï, which straddles the border, and on to Bangui (via Bouar). An alternative is to travel to Kenzou, south of Batouri.


For Chad, travellers head to Kousséri in the extreme north for the border near N’Djaména. Minibuses go to Kousséri from Maroua; the border is notorious for its greedy officials.


This border is as remote as you can get, and near impossible in the rains. From Yokadouma, travel south to Sokamba, where you can catch a ferry (large enough for 4WDs) or pirogue across the Ngoko River to the Congolese port of Ouesso. From there, head for Pokola and the logging road to Brazzaville.

Equatorial guinea & gabon

The main border crossings into Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are a few kilometres from each other, and are accessible from Amban. The road splits here, with the easterly route heading for Bitam and Libreville (Gabon) and the westerly route heading for Ebebiyin and Bata (Equatorial Guinea).

The Cameroon–Equatorial Guinea border at Campo is normally closed.


To/from Nigeria the main crossing points are Ekok, west of Mamfé, where you cross to Mfum for shared taxis to Calabar (treacherous in the rainy season), and at Banki in the extreme north for crossings to Maiduguri.

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Both Yaoundé and Douala have international airports linking Cameroon to major cities in Africa and Europe. Cameroon Airlines is the local carrier, with flights to major cities throughout Central and West Africa.

Regional flights from Douala include Lagos (Nigeria; one way CFA172, 000), Nairobi (Kenya; one way CFA536, 000) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia; one way CFA537, 000).

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