Cameroon in detail

Flights & getting there


The national carrier of Cameroon is Camair-Co, which flies to Libreville (Gabon), N'Djaména (Chad), Brazzaville (Congo), Lagos (Nigeria), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Cotonou (Benin), Kinshasa (DRC) and Paris.

Airports & Airlines

Both Yaoundé and Douala have international airports linking Cameroon to major cities in Africa and Europe.

Both are served by Camair-Co for internal and regional African flights, and by Air France.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket leaving Cameroon.


Cameroon's borders with neighbouring countries are open, but the border with Congo is sometime closed, so check in advance. While the border with Equatorial Guinea is theoretically open, in practice you're likely to be refused entry at the land border, even with a visa.

Cameroon–Central African Republic

The standard, if rough, route is via Garoua-Boulaï, which straddles the border, and on to Bangui (via Bouar) in CAR. An alternative is to travel to Kenzou, south of Batouri, and cross from there. Due to problems in CAR, travel to the country is currently inadvisable.


Travellers used to head to Kousséri in the north for the border near N'Djaména (Chad). Minibuses to Kousséri leaving from Maroua. At the time of writing, crossing to Chad was not possible due to insurgency in the region.


This border is as remote as you can get, but possible to reach if it's the dry season. From Yokadouma, travel south to Sokamba to catch a ferry (large enough for 4WDs) or pirogue (traditional canoe) across the Ngoko River to the Congolese port of Ouesso. From there, head for Pokola and the logging road to Brazzaville.

If you come this way, consider visiting Congo's Parc National Nouabalé-Ndoki, one of the best parks in Central Africa, and relatively convenient to access from here.

Cameroon–Equatorial Guinea

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

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


The main border crossings into Equatorial Guinea is accessible from Ambam in Cameroon. The road splits here, with the easterly route heading for Bitam and Libreville (both in Gabon).


The main crossing point is Ekok, west of Mamfe, where you access Mfum for shared taxis to Calabar (treacherous in the rainy season). The crossing at Banki in the extreme north is inadvisable due to security issues.



A twice-weekly ferry sails from Limbe (Cameroon) to Calabar (Nigeria) on Monday and Thursday, and in the opposite direction every Tuesday and Friday. Boats are dangerous and not recommended; indeed at the time of writing the service wasn't functioning.