Information on Cameroon


Below is some brief information on Cameroon as well as a list of links to learn more about Cameroon and its culture.


About the size of Spain or California and shaped a bit like a boot, Cameroon is bordered by Nigeria to the north and west, Chad and the Central African Republic to the east, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

     Cameroon is one of the most geographically diverse countries in Africa, comprising three major zones: the northern savannah, the
southern and eastern rain forests, and the north-western hill region near Nigeria. Rich volcanic soils near the towns of Bafoussam and
Bamenda in the west have permitted much higher rural population densities than elsewhere in the country. The west is coffee and cocoa country and home to nearly a quarter of the population. The hot, dry north is home to Lake Chad, the major game reserves, rocky
escarpments and the broad Bénoué River. 
   The variations in rainfall from one region to the next are amazing - from barely enough rain to support agriculture in the extreme north to over 500cm (200in) in the south-west around Mt Cameroon and Limbe. In the north, the rainy season is from June to September; in the south, light rains in March and April are followed by downpours from May to November. Humidity soars in the south in July and August. The warmest months are March to May, when the average daily high is 30°C (86°F) in Yaoundé; Douala is cooler but gets much more rain. So bring a rain jacket and prepare to be HOT!!


 
 

Other Sites of Interest about Cameroon...

http://cityguide.lycos.com/africa/westcentral_africa/
http://www.compufix.demon.co.uk/camweb/
http://www.rpcv.org/groups/Cameroon/
http://www.newafrica.com/maps/cameroon.htm
http://www.cameroon.net/
About Doula:http://www.douala.com/
 


 
Below: A photo of a typical road in Cameroon. Dirt roads with housing lining the streets on both sides.

Above: Heather, Noelle and Jessie help to cook a traditional African meal-Cameroonain stew only using a fire pit in Bamenda. 

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