Cameroon is nicknamed 'Africa in Miniature' because of its diverse culture and with One World 365 you will be able to enjoy the ambient atmosphere of the country. Wildlife is one of the main reasons for a vacation here, you could visit sanctuaries like the Mefou Primate Park where you can see beautiful apes and chimps. Search travel ideas today.
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Cameroon.
Cameroon tends to be hot year round, though there is great variation depending on location in Cameroon. In the North it is wet from April to September. In the South there is heavy rain from June to October.
In 1472 Portuguese explorers invaded Cameroon by sailing up the Wouri River, subsequently labelling it Rio dos Camarones (River of Prawns). Later, the Fulani tribe came over from Nigeria, dislocating many indigenous peoples southwards. The migration of the Fulani peoples continued with greater urgency as Dutch, Portuguese and British slave-traders sought to capture them. Colonial exploitation traded hands briefly in 1884 from British to German rule; after the First World War the German protectorate was divided between France and Great Britain. Local revolts were repressed in the 1950's as French-controlled Cameroonians expressed discontent about colonial rule, this sentiment was widespread in Africa at the time and the Independence of Cameroon soon came in 1960.
With One World 365 you can search tailor made authentic small group travel packages to Cameroon, this is a country to visit if you are looking for the authentic African experience. Most people choose to visit Cameroon due to the wildlife and nature - there are packages available to join where you get close and see animals like monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat and at wildlife sanctuaries.
You will get to discover a contagious joie de vivre among the flare of the two official languages, French and English, as well as the 24 major native languages and hundreds of dialects that echo throughout the country. Hear the tribal music, witness local artisans carving masks, and sample one of many regional delicacies. Enjoy the local culture as Cameroonians share it with you.
On a gap year in Cameroon you could join an organised trip, apply for work experience / internship programs or help wildlife. We list options for students, graduates, career breaks and if you would like to experience Cameroon doing more than being just a tourist. Read on for more information below or to arrange a dream gap year in this Western African destination by searching our featured opportunities above.
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