Flights to Cameroon Cameroon is a country in West Africa which has borders with six other countries including Nigeria, Chad and Congo, as well as a coastline on the Bight of Bonny. Visitors to Cameroon will find a country which is both culturally and naturally diverse.
Although Cameroon’s capital city is Yaounde, many international flights to Cameroon actually land in the coastal city of Douala (airport code: DLA), the largest city in cameroon. There are several airlines who offer flights from South Africa to Cameroon, some more sensible than others, though there do not appear to be any direct flights. The most sensible routes from Johannesburg are with the following airlines: Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways, who have one stop flights via Addis Ababa. An alternative is a route using British Airways to Harare, then Kenya Airways to Nairobi, and another Kenya Airways flight to Douala.
If you prefer to travel to the capital city, Yaounde (airport code: NSI), you can do so on several airlines, including South African Airways, Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and Kenya Airways, though these all involve one or two connections.
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The Tourist Attractions of Cameroon:
The coast of Cameroon is one of its major tourist destinations, and this includes the largest city in the country, Douala. Douala may not be the political capital of the country but it is the commercial capital and location for Cameroon’s major international airport.
Douala is a very cosmopolitan city, and reputedly has the highest cost of living in Africa. You’ll find that there’s a range of high class restaurants here, as well as bars and bistros.
Along the coast from Douala is Mount Cameroon. Mount Cameroon is an active volcano, which last erupted in 1999 and again in 2000. The volcano rises from the coast, where you can see the lava flow; evidence of the last eruptions. Hiking to the peak is a popular attraction and one which you don’t need mountain climbing equipment for. This is also the site of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope which is a 26 mile marathon held every year, running to the top of the mountain and back down again. This usually takes place during the last weekend in January or the first weekend in February.
Other places of interest in Cameroon include the Dja Faunal Reserve. This has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1987, and features a large diversity of species – over 100 mammals, more than 300 bird species, and more than 1500 plant species. In addition to this reserve, Cameroon also has nine national parks, which vary quite considerably in their ecology and the species present.
The Korup National Park, for example, has large areas of tropical rainforests and features over 50 species of large mammals, whilst Nki National Park in south-eastern Cameroon is a remote park, described as the last true wilderness. It’s particularly known for its high population density of forest elephants. But it’s the parks and areas of the north which attract the most visitors in Cameroon.
When Should You Visit?:
The climate in Cameroon does vary depending on your position within the country and the elevation, but generally speaking there are two seasons here: wet and dry. The wet season is from March to October, whilst the dry season is October to March.