Destination guide Cameroon

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ROAD
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CAMEROON IS ALIVE TO THE FACT THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITS
ECONOMY DEPENDS LARGELY ON ROAD, RAIL, MARITIME AND AIR
TRANSPORT. CONSEQUENTLY IT HAS A TOTAL OF 2,500KMS OF
TARRED TRUNK AND CITY ROADS OUT OF A CLASSIFIED ROAD
NETWORK OF OVER 28,681KMS. HOWEVER, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT
THERE ARE ABOUT 65,000KMS OF HIGHWAYS AND FARM-TO-MARKET
ROADS IN CAMEROON. MORE THAN 70,000 VEHICLES CIRCULATE
THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY. THE MAIN TARRED TRUNK ROADS LINK
YAOUNDE - SANGMELIMA(170KMS). EDEA - DOUALA(96KMS) AND
OTHERS.
COMMUNICATIONS BY ROAD WITH GABON ARE MADE FROM YAOUNDE
THROUGH MBALMAYO, EBOLOWA AND AMBAM. THESE ROADS ARE
GENERALLY MOTORABLE EXCEPT DURING THE RAINY SEASON WHEN
THERE ARE OCCASIONAL INTERRUPTIONS. NEVERTHELESS, FRAIL
CARS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED DURING THIS SEASON. THE COUNTRY IS
ALSO LINKED TO NIGERIA THROUGH MAMFE AND EKOK. ON THE
WHOLE, THE 5 YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN ALLOW FOR THE
CONSTRUCTION OF MORE ROADS AND IMPROVEMENT AND TARRING OR
EXISTING ONES. AN EXPRESS WAY LINKS DOUALA TO YAOUNDE.

CAR HIRE:
THIS IS LIMITED AND EXPENSIVE AND IS AVAILABLE IN DOUALA
YAOUNDE AND LIMBE, WITH OR WITHOUT A DRIVER.

BUS:
MODERN COACH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE BETWEEN YAOUNDE, DOUALA
BAFOUSSAM AND BAMENDA. BUS SERVICES ALSO EXIST BETWEEN OTHER
MAIN CENTERS AND MORE RURAL AREAS, BUT TEND TO BE UNRELIABLE
AND ARE OFTEN SUSPENDED DURING THE RAINY SEASON.

TAXI:
BUSH TAXI OR MINIVAN ARE AVAILABLE AND THEY ARE THE BEST WAY
OF MAKING SHORT TRIPS AS THEY ARE VERY CHEAP, FAST AND EASY
TO FIND. A 10 PER CENT TIP TO TAXI DRIVER IS OPTIONAL.

RAIL
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THE OLDEST RAILROAD IN THE COUNTRY LINKS YAOUNDE TO DOUALA
(308KMS) AND DOUALA - NKONGSAMBA (172KMS). THERE IS ALSO
THE MBANGA - KUMBA BRANCH (29KMS). IN THE SOUTH WEST
PROVINCE, THE CAMEROON DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OPERATES AT
150KM NETWORK OF RAILROAD OF NARROW GAUGE THROUGH
PLANTATIONS. THE LONGEST RAILROADS IS THE TRANSCAMEROON
THAT LINKS DOUALA TO NGAOUNDERE (628KMS). IT IS PLANNED
THAT IT WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
AND CHAD. THERE IS DAILY NIGHTLONG TRAFFIC BETWEEN DOUALA
AND YAOUNDE, WHILE THE EXPRESS SYSTEM SERVES BOTH CITIES
EVERYDAY. THERE ARE LINES FROM YAOUNDE TO NGAOUNDERE & FROM
YAOUNDE TO NKONGSAMBA VIA DOUALA ALSO.
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AIR
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CAMEROON HAS OVER 18 AIRPORTS OF VARIOUS CATEGORIES. THE
MAIN ONES ARE DOUALA, YAOUNDE AND GAROUA, WHICH ARE ALL OF
INTERNATIONAL CLASS. DOUALA, IN PARTICULAR, ACCOMMODATES
MULTI-JET PLANES. YAOUNDE AND GAROUA, TAKE PLANES LARGER
THAN THE DC6 AND BOEING 737. NGAOUNDERE, MAROUA, YAGOUA,
KAELE, TIKO, BALI, MAMFE, BAFOUSSAM, DSCHANG, KOUSSERI,
KOUTABA ARE OTHER MAIN PORTS THAT SERVE INTERNAL TRAFFIC.
IN ADDITION THERE ARE VARIOUS OTHER SMALL FIELDS FOR LIGHT
AIR-CRAFTS. CAMEROON AIRLINES (UY) IS THE NATIONAL AIRLINES.
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PORTS AND WATERWAYS
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CAMEROON HAS FOUR PRINCIPAL PORTS WITH DOUALA - BONABERI. THE
MOST IMPORTANT AND THE BUSIEST. THIS IS FOLLOWED BY THE BOTA
& TIKO PORTS IN THE SOUTH WEST AND THE KRIBI PORT IN THE SOUTH
PROVINCE. OIL PRODUCTION HAD RE-STIMULATED ACTIVITIES AT LIMBE.
IN THE NORTH PROVINCE THE RIVER BENUE, TRIBUTARY OF THE NIGER,
PASSES THROUGH GAROUA AND DURING THE MONTHS OF JULY, AUGUST &
SEPTEMBER, THE WATER LEVEL IS HIGH ENOUGH FOR BARGES AND TUGS.
A FEW OTHER RIVERS IN THE REPUBLIC ARE SOMETIMES USED BY BARGES
OR RAFTS WHEN THE WATER IS HIGH. THERE IS THE LOGONE IN THE FAR
NORTH AS WELL AS THE UPPER NYONG IN THE CENTER PROVINCE. THE
CROSS RIVER IN MANYU, SOUTH WEST PROVINCE IS ALSO ONE OF THE
RIVERS WITH SEASONAL TRAFFIC.
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