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Cameroon

Background

Cameroon

The former French Cameroon and part of British Cameroon merged in 1961 to form the present country. Cameroon has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

About

Cameroon is in West Africa. It borders Nigeria to the west, Chad to the northeast, the Central African Republic to the east and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south.

While Cameroon is not the largest country in Africa, in some ways it's as large as Africa itself. Known as "Africa in miniature" it features French and English speaking portions, Muslim and Christian dominated regions, the tallest mountain in West Africa and terrain that includes rain forest, desert plains, mountains and high plateau.

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Cameroon

CameroonHilton Yaounde 

Boulevard Du 20 Mai
Yaounde 11852
Cameroon

Price (US$): $285 - $424 / night

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Location. Hilton Yaounde is a business friendly hotel located in central Yaounde, close to National Museum of Yaounde, Art Museum, and University of Yaounde. Additional points of interest include Stade Omnisports. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hilton Yaounde include 5 restaurants. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. This 4 star property has a business center and offers secretarial services and business services. The property has a roundtrip airport shuttle,… more »

CameroonHotel Mont Febe 

Les Collines De Mont Febe - Route P11 -
Yaounde
Cameroon

Price (US$): $181 - $444 / night

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Location. Hotel Mont Febe is a business friendly Yaounde hotel connected to the convention center and local attractions include Art Museum, Stade Omnisports, and National Museum of Yaounde. Other area points of interest include University of Yaounde. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Hotel Mont Febe offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts in… more »

CameroonSerena Palace Hotel 

Boulevard de la Republique
Akwa-Douala 4330
Cameroon

Price (US$): $116 - $157 / night

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Location. Located in central Douala, Serena Palace Hotel is connected to the airport and close to Stade de la Reunification. Hotel Features. Dining options at Serena Palace Hotel include a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a health club and complimentary bicycles. This 3 star property offers a… more »

CameroonHotel Jouvence 2000 

BP: 5485, Quartier Fouda
Yaounde 005485
Cameroon

Price (US$): $80 - $103 / night

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Location. Located in Yaounde, Hotel Jouvence 2000 is connected to a shopping center and close to National Museum of Yaounde, Stade Omnisports, and Art Museum. Nearby points of interest also include University of Yaounde. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Jouvence 2000 include a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves continental breakfasts each morning in the coffee shop (surcharges apply). This… more »

CameroonHotel Santa Lucia 

Kondengui
Yaounde 005440
Cameroon

Price (US$): $75 - $76 / night

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Location. Located in Yaounde, Hotel Santa Lucia is connected to the airport and close to National Museum of Yaounde, Stade Omnisports, and Art Museum. Nearby points of interest also include University of Yaounde. Hotel Features. Hotel Santa Lucia's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves continental breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). This hotel offers a meeting/conference room and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary… more »

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Cameroon

Full name
Republic of Cameroon
Capital
Yaoundé
Location

Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria

Geographic coordinates

6 00 N, 12 00 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than California

Border countries

Central African Republic 797 km, Chad 1,094 km, Republic of the Congo 523 km, Equatorial Guinea 189 km, Gabon 298 km, Nigeria 1,690 km

Coastline

402 km

Climate

varies with terrain, from tropical along coast to semiarid and hot in north

Terrain

diverse, with coastal plain in southwest, dissected plateau in center, mountains in west, plains in north

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Fako 4,095 m (on Mt. Cameroon)

Natural resources

petroleum, bauxite, iron ore, timber, hydropower

Population

19,294,149

Ethnic groups

Cameroon Highlanders 31%, Equatorial Bantu 19%, Kirdi 11%, Fulani 10%, Northwestern Bantu 8%, Eastern Nigritic 7%, other African 13%, non-African less than 1%

Religions

indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%

Languages

24 major African language groups, English (official), French (official)

Government type

republic; multiparty presidential regime

Independence

1 January 1960 (from French-administered UN trusteeship)

National holiday

Republic Day (National Day), 20 May (1972)

Chief of state

President Paul BIYA (since 6 November 1982)

Head of government

Prime Minister Philemon YANG (since 30 June 2009)

Internet country code

.cm

Internet users

749,600 (2009)

Airports

34 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Douala, Garoua, Limboh Terminal

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