Cameroon is recognized as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The country has great tourist assets which only need to be developed. In this respect, the government of Cameroon launched an important project for the promotion of its tourist potential which hinges on the following objectives :
Furthermore, the government undertook the following actions :
Since 2008, Cameroon has reached the number of 500,000 visitors per year, which is the World Tourism Organisation’s standard to become a tourist destination. Cameroon tourist potential offers a remarkable variety of attractions to tourists.
There are seven national parks in Cameroon which abound in animal species: elephants, lions, gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, buffalos, antelopes, giraffes, hippopotami, etc.
There are also 5 km of earth roads that are maintained and give access to hunting zones. The hunting season is launched in December and closed in May. Protected species cannot be hunted.
The coastal line of Cameroon is over 400 km. It is open on the Atlantic Ocean. It is a great attraction for beach tourism in Limbe and Kribi.
The high plateaux of the West region have a pattern which is favourable to mountain tourism thanks to the range of mountains and hot springs that stretch from North to South.
Cameroon is a cosmopolitan country composed of 250 ethnic groups which account for the cultural richness of the country. The tourist can catch sight of the country’s diversity through traditional architecture, handicrafts, cuisine, folklore, clothing, etc.
Several sporting activities are developed in Cameroon alongside the popular football, notably big game fishing in the Wouri estuary, golf practice in Yaounde and Tiko, horseback riding in Yaounde, Garoua and Douala, climbing and hiking on Mount Cameroon, the cycling tour of Cameroon, etc.
Special sites are favourable to ecotourism in Cameroon, notably the Dja forest and wildlife reserve, classified world humanity heritage, the Korup park rich in rare plant species, the Mount Cameroon flora, etc.