Cameroon's bustling capital straddles seven hills. Attractions include the Benedictine Monastery's Musée d'Art Cameroonais, a collection of traditional arts and crafts on Mont Fébé, and the newer National Museum of Yaoundé.
Attractions in Yaoudé:
Bouba Ndjidah National Park
Situated on the banks of Mayo Lidi River, in the far north of the country, this park is a popular location for sighting the black rhinoceros. Other wildlife includes lions, elephants, élan and buffalo.
Climbing Mount Cameroon
Towering at 4,095m (13,435ft), the highest mountain in West Africa and Africa's highest active volcano is a popular mountaineering destination. Bueau, a pretty colonial town complete with red postboxes, provides an excellent base and the climb takes three to four days.
Cameroon's forest people
Learn about Cameroon's forest people, including their traditional medicine, hunting methods, and dances, during week-long expeditions to the southeast region.
Festival National des Arts et de la Culture (FENAC)
Cameroon's biggest non-religious festival, which takes place in Maroua in December, is a lively spectacle of parades, shows, cultural events and happy celebration.
Exploring Korup National Park
Africa's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest offers the chance to see a wide variety of primates, birds, trees and other plants, including dozens of recently discovered species, while fording waist-high pools in 100% humidity.
Though small, this reserve offers plenty of opportunities for viewing several species of antelope, monkeys and warthogs. Buffalo, lions and elephants roam the virgin forests inland in the Campo Game Reserve region.
Wildlife-watching in Lobéké National Park
Lobéké is home to elusive families of western lowland gorillas. Visitors can spend the night in a specially built watchtower for the best chance of viewing these and a variety of animals, such as elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog, red river hog, yellow-backed duiker and bongo antelope.
Bénoué National Park
Covering 180,000 hectares (444,790 acres), this national park is home to buffalo, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, hyena, giraffes, panthers, lions and a variety of primates, and can be visited all year round.