“O Cameroon, Cradle of Our Forefathers,” begins the national anthem; it ends with a plea for loyalty to Mother Africa.
Often described as “Africa in Miniature”, Cameroon stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Chad and from equatorial Africa to the edge of the Sahara region. With coastal plains, low plateaus, rain forests, volcanoes, semi-desert savannah, and mountains, the geographical diversity of the African continent is reflected in the Cameroonian landscape. Cameroon’s rugged beauty first caught the eye of the Portuguese in the late 15th century when they gave the area the name Rio dos Camarões, Portuguese for “River of Shrimp”. Travel opportunities within and around Cameroon abound with abundant opportunities to enjoy the verdant scenery. With 400 kilometers of coastline, Cameroon is ideal for lovely, laid-back beach holidays.
Sitting at the crossroads between west and central Africa, Cameroon is divided into 10 regions, each under the administration of a locally-elected Regional Council. Fishing is also a major industry along the Atlantic coast with over 20,000 tons of seafood being produced every year. The major exports of Cameroon include bananas, cocoa, palm oil, rubber, coffee, sugar, tobacco, tea, cotton, and peanuts.
The Cameroonian people are gentle, warm, and hospitable. Like their motto – Peace, Work, Fatherland – suggests, they value political stability, hard work, and are proud of their nation. With both French and English as official languages and home to nearly 270 tribal languages, Cameroon represents a cultural and linguistic mosaic. Cameroon enjoys a high level of religious freedom with roughly 40 percent of the population identifies as Christian, 40 percent local traditions, and 20 percent Muslim.
Yaoundé, known as the “City on 7 Hills”, is the capital city of Cameroon, located 200 kilometers from the coast and enjoys a humid and tropical climate.