When to go?
It all depends on where the tourist wants to go.
The south of the country is entirely wooded, knows in the year 4 seasons: a big dry season from January to March, a small season of rain from April to June, a small dry season from July to September and a big season of rains from October to December.
In the north, on the contrary, there are two well-defined seasons: a rainy season from June to October and a dry season the rest of the year.
But all this is theoretical, because nuances exist for example in the west where heavy rains fall in July, August and September and in the coast where it rains almost all the time.
A tourist visa is issued to foreigners coming to make a pleasure trip to Cameroon, through diplomatic or consular representations abroad. Its validity is 30 days non-renewable, with several entries and exits.
Tourists coming from countries where Cameroon is not represented can obtain this visa at the border post of their place of entry. Like tourists on organized trips.
The parts required for a tourist visa are:
. A valid passport
. a return air ticket
. International certificate of vaccination (yellow fever)
. two passport photos taken from the front
. A certificate of accommodation or a hotel reservation
. A visa application form withdrawn from consulates or obtained by post on simple request, completed and signed; attach a stamped envelope for return. Tax stamps are sold at consulates.
The tourist benefits from the temporary importation regime free from the following personal use items: jewelery less than 500g, clothes and linen, cat and dog, two small format cameras with 10 film rolls per machine, ….
For hunting weapons and ammunition, an import license is required.
For the export of products of animal origin: obtain the authorization of the administration in charge of the environment.
For the export of art objects in other materials (wood, iron …) to address the chamber of commerce of industry, mining and crafts.
Currency / exchange
The local currency is the CFA franc, which has a fixed exchange rate with the euro, ie 1 euro = 656 CFAF.
Banks are generally open to customers from 07:00 to 15:00.
Currency exchange is only possible in banks, large hotels and some tourist agencies.
Large hotels accept certain credit cards.
Urban and inter-urban transport
The city taxi pickup costs 175 CFA or 0.26 euro. We are then several in the same vehicle. The taxi race from one point to another in the city is a price to be discussed, usually 1,500 CFA francs (2.30 euro) per hour; the passenger is alone with his driver.
The taxi from the airport costs 2,500 fCF (4 euros) in the day and 5,000 f CFA (8 euros) the night beyond 18h.
Travel within the country is also done by plane and train. Aerodromes exist at Ngaoundere, Bertoua, Bafoussam and Maroua.
A railway line “Transcameroon” long over 1500 km crosses the country from west to east and connects Douala to Ngaoundere through Yaounde.
In villages and urban centers, bush taxis regularly transport passengers.
Road toll: 500 f CFA per vehicle and per post.
220 volt, European standard
International dialing code: 237 + the eight digits of local dialing
Foreign tourism can find international cuisine in the major hotel centers and restaurants of the city. However, an excellent Cameroonian cuisine based on various products (fish, game, fruit …) is available in many restaurants in the country.
Timezone: GMT + 1
In winter, no time difference with Belgium
In summer, one hour less than the hour in Belgium.
Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 15:30
The shops remain open until 18h, even on Saturdays.