Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Cameroon.
Below are the main dates for these festivities:
In Cameroon, January 1st is a double occasion: the country enters the new year, but also celebrates its Independence from France, which was proclaimed on January 1st, 1960. Lively atmosphere all around, especially in large cities like Douala and Yaoundé.11 February: Youth Day (national)
Cameroon celebrates the youths and students. School parades and sometimes public shows take place in the streets, dancing schools, choirs and sports clubs to express the nation's talents.8 March: International Women's Day (national)
Cameroonian women are very attached to Women's Day. Official celebrations, women parades, marches: women are the talk of the town, especially in large cities, where many nightclubs are reserved for them. Gentlemen, on that day you will stay outside!1 May: Labour Day (national)
Labour Day is a public holiday for all Cameroonians. This day is spent on parades and worker marches.20 May: National Day
Cameroon celebrates its foundation, and the transition from a federal state to a unitary one. Public marches and parades are a reason for popular rejoicing.15 August: Assumption (national)
Every year, Cameroonians feverishly and grandiloquently celebrate the assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven.First week of December: Ngondo (only in the Douala area)
The Ngondo takes place for a week and is held by the Sawa (coastal peoples). Miss Douala contest, dancing shows, pirogue races and many other activities follow the ceremony during which town inhabitants commune with their ancestors and the water spirits.25 December: Christmas Day (national)
Cameroonians celebrate the birth of Christ. In a country where religious traditions are widespread, services are usually followed by family meals.
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|March||28||33||119||Not the best period to go|
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Uncertain bus routes, heavy traffic, non-existent car parks in some neighbourhoods: getting around Cameroon's two major cities can be a hassle. We advise you to use a taxi.
Traffic is very dense and heavy in Douala, and finding where to park difficult. We advise you to use a taxi.
Traffic is very dense and heavy in Yaoundé, and finding where to park difficult. We advise you to use a taxi.
There are four bus lines in Douala, run by the Socatur company. They cross town, starting at the Ndokoti intersection. The ticket is 150 XAF.
In Yaoundé, the Socatur company started a few bus lines. But be careful, service is uncertain, ill-equipped and unsafe.
Taxis remain the best solution for tourists and inhabitants alike to navigate the city.
Traditional bush taxis take multiple customers in and around Yaoundé for varying fares: bargain with the driver.
Some official taxi cabs, the “yellow taxis”, also drive through the city. Expect a 250 XAF fare during daytime and 500 XAF at night.
Two private companies with AC cars offer secure transportation. Fares run about 3,500 XAF during daytime and 4,000 XAF at night. To get around the city, it is simpler to ask your hotel to reserve the taxi for you.
There is no proper Tourist Information centre in Cameroon. For information on how to prepare your trip, we advise you to get in touch with the Tourist Information Centre for Europe in Paris, France.
Douala is the commercial and economic capital of Cameroon, while Yaoundé is the political one. Ministries and administrations are therefore all in Yaoundé. It may be possible to get in touch with the Department of Tourism and Leisure to find more information.
Immeuble Rose – 237 Yaoundé
+237 22 22 29 36
There are several private and public hospitals in both Douala and Yaoundé, as well as quality general practitioners and medical specialists.
In case of illness or accident, international health insurance, particularly repatriation insurance, is recommended before flying to Cameroon.
Vaccination for yellow fever is mandatory before flying to Cameroon. Proof of vaccination is required upon arrival.
It is recommended to have updated vaccines as usually required (diphtheria, typhoid, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B).
Vaccine against rabies may also be advised.
For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:
Peel your fruit, drink only pasteurized or boiled milk, do not use ice cubes or drink fresh squeezed juices, make sure that all meats, fish, and crustaceans are well cooked, and wash your hands frequently.DRINKING WATER
It is strongly advised to drink water from sealed bottles that you open yourself or that are opened in front of you, or drink water that has been made drinkable with, for example, a water purification tablet.
Whatever your nationality, a visa is mandatory to enter Cameroon.
For more information, visit the website of the Ministry of Tourism of Cameroon: www.mintour.gov.cm/en/
Here are a few useful phrases in French and English, which are the two official languages in Cameroon.
Good morning: Bonjour (matin)
Good afternoon: Bonjour (après-midi)
Good evening: Bonsoir
Good bye: Au revoir
No thank you: Non, merci
Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup
I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas
Could you repeat please?: Pouvez-vous répéter ?
Please: S'il vous plaît
What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ?
Excuse me: Excusez-moi
Railway station: Gare
I am (…): Je suis (…)
I am looking for (…): Je recherche (…)
How much is (…): Quel est le prix de (…)
Do you have (…): Avez-vous (…)
Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ?
Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ?
Tipping is customary in Cameroon. If the service is appreciated, a good rule of thumb is to leave an extra 5 to 15%. Please remember that tipping is the only income for some professionals such as baggage handlers at the airport.