Cameroon, on the Gulf of Guinea

Cameroon, on the Gulf of Guinea, is a Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife. Its inland capital, Yaoundé, and its biggest city, the seaport Douala, are transit points to ecotourism sites as well as beach resorts like Kribi – near the Chutes de la Lobé waterfalls, which plunge directly into the sea – and Limbe, where the Limbe Wildlife Centre houses rescued primates.

Mefou National Park

Mefou National Park is home to Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue and rehabilitation centre run by Ape Action Africa. With more than 300 rare and endangered primates in its care, Ape Action Africa is now one of the largest conservation projects of its kind in Africa. Many of the animals arrive at the sanctuary as orphans of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades and are rehabilitated and provided with lifelong care.

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Visit Cameroon: A 7 Day Itinerary

Black-sand beaches and a high volcano are the keynotes here – you can get a good taste of Cameroon's wild side in just a week and stretch yourself by climbing West Africa's highest mountain. Bookend your trip with a taste of the country's two major cities.

Get used to the sultry tropical climate with a night in Douala, a scruffy, friendly city with some decent hotels where you can chill out by the pool. Then head to Limbe for a night or two by the sea – the town has gorgeous nearby beaches, a thick tangle of a botanical garden, a project where you can see rescued primates and an irrepressible nightlife scene. Continue on to student town Buea to climb Mt Cameroon – a testing and beautiful three-day hike. Reward yourself afterwards with a meal at Iya, the country's best restaurant. Make your way back to Douala, or head further east to leave from capital Yaoundé, where you can sample some museums and check out the striking architecture.

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