Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Foumban

Palais Royal

The must-see attraction is the sultan's palace, home to the 19th sultan of the Bamoun dynasty. It has a fascinating, well-organised museum providing great historical insight into the region. At the time of writing, …
Top Choice Historic Building in Bandjoun

Chefferie

Approached via a ceremonial gate, the compound is centred on a hugely impressive bamboo building, its conical thatched roof supported by wooden pillars carved with figures from secret societies, former chiefs, dance…
Top Choice Museum in Yaoundé

Musée de la Blackitude

If time is short, give the overpriced National Museum a miss, and take a passionately well-informed tour (French only) of this private collection. It’s a homage to Cameroon’s tribal heritage, in particular the Grass…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Yaoundé

Mefou National Park

A 45-minute drive south of Yaoundé, Mefou is run by Ape Action Africa, an organisation established to protect primates in Cameroon. Well-informed guides will show you gorillas, drills, chimps and mandrills living in…
Palace in The Ring Road

Fon's Palace

Just north of Bamenda is the large Tikar community of Bafut, traditionally the most powerful of the Grassfields kingdoms. The fon's (local chief's) palace here is home to the representative of a 700-year-old dynasty…
Gardens in Limbe

Botanical Gardens

Limbe's Botanical Gardens, the second oldest in Africa, are the home of, among others, cinnamon, nutmeg, mango, ancient cycads and an unnamed tree that locals describe as 'African Viagra'. There's a small visitors c…
Zoo in Limbe

Limbe Wildlife Centre

Many zoos in Africa are depressing places, but the Limbe Wildlife Centre is a shining exception. It houses rescued chimpanzees, gorillas, drills and other primates in large enclosures, with lots of interesting infor…
Nature Reserve in Campo

Parc National de Campo-Ma'an

Campo-Ma'an comprises 7700 sq km of protected biodiverse rainforest, sheltering many wonderful plants and animals, including buffaloes, forest elephants, leopards, gorillas and mandrills. The park is being developed…
Waterfall in Kribi

Chutes de la Lobé

The Chutes de la Lobé are an impressive set of waterfalls that empty directly into the sea – it's a beautiful sight. Take a moto-taxi (CFA500), or make a trip with Urbain Mandoua, who can arrange a lunch of sole, sh…
Cathedral in Yaoundé

Nôtre Dame Cathedral

The honking of Yaoundé's traffic merges with the sound of prayer and song at Nôtre Dame Cathedral. It's a bold triangular building, consecrated in 1955, with a stunning Afrocentric mosaic above the altar.