Cameroon, with its population of some nineteen million, is
located in western central Africa having 249 miles of coast on the Gulf of Guinea
/Atlantic Ocean coastline known as the Bight of Biatra. Cameroon is further bordered by
Nigeria to its west, Chad to its north-east, the Central African Republic to its east and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the
Republic of the Congo
to its south.
than California, Cameroon is sometimes referred to as 'Africa in
Miniature' with golden beaches, tropical rainforests, lakes,
deserts, savannahs as well as volcanic mountain ranges (left) and an
abundance of wildlife including lions and elephants.
Cameroon is home
to one of Africa's largest volcanoes, Mount Cameroon, which
rises to a staggering 13,255 feet high ~ about three times the
height of Ben Nevis by comparison. Last erupting in the year
2000 the volcano forms part of the Cameroon Volcanic Line.
this line lies Lake Nyos, a lake that suddenly 'exploded' in
1986 releasing a large cloud of CO2 gas which killed 1700 people
and 3500 of livestock. There are concerns that such an event may
also occur at Lake Kivu in Rwanda, Kivu
being one of Africa's two other exploding lakes.
Cameroon has a number of
rivers including the Wouri, Sanaga, Nyong, and Ntem which flow
into the Gulf of Guinea; the Dja and Kadeï which are tributaries
of the Congo River; the Benoué River that runs into Niger and
the the Logone River that flows into Lake Chad. Other minor
rivers include the Aïna River that forms part of the border
between Cameroon and Gabon, the Campo River which forms part of
the border with Equatorial Guinea and the Mayo Kébbi River which
flows into Lake Fianga, a lake shared between Cameroon and Chad.
Places in Cameroon well
worth a visit include the Musa Heritage Gallery, Waza National
Park, Campo Ma'an National Park and, of course, Mount Cameroon
itself (above.) This video
provides images of Cameroon and offers a good 'look and feel' of