The best time to visit Cameroon are earlier November to mid-March, although you’ll have harmattan haze during much of this time. The worst months are July to October, when it’s raining, and many roads are impassable. The north has rains from April/May to September/October. The hottest months are March to May, when temperatures can soar to 40°C, although it’s a dry heat. The south has a humid, equatorial climate, with rain scattered throughout the year. Its main wet season is June to October, with light rain from March to June.
A tourist visa is required to enter Cameroon. It is issued by its diplomatic or consular representation abroad. It is valid for 30 days non-renewable, with multiple entries and exits. It is possible to obtain a visa from countries where Cameroon has no diplomatic representation and for chartered flights. The following documents are required: A valid passport; A round trip plane ticket; An International Certificate of Vaccination (yellow fever); Two passport size photographs taken from the front; A certificate of accommodation or hotel booking; An application form for a visa to be collected at the consulate or obtained through postal services to be filled in and signed.
Customs For now, as tourism is concerned, no taxes are required on the importation of the following objects: jewellery of less than 500 grammes, personal clothes, cats and dogs which have passed through the health service, handsets, two photo cameras with ten rolls of films per camera, a small size video camera with ten rolls, a small size TV and radio set, a small size video recorder, a pair of binoculars, camping facilities sports equipment, toiletries, push chairs, three litres of wine, one litre of spirit, 500 grammes of tobacco or 400 cigarettes or 125 cigars. Concerning arms and ammunition for game hunting, an importation licence is required. For the exportation of animal products, obtain an authorisation from the administration in charge of the environment. For the exportation of handicrafts derived from other sources (wood, iron etc), refer to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mines and Handicraft. Airport Stamps The airport stamps on leaving Cameroon are CFAF 10,000 that is €15.50 for international flights, CFAF 500 that is €0.8 for internal flights.
Currency and Exchange Rate Cameroon’s currency is the CFA francs (CFA F 100= euros 0.0656 or euro 1 = CFA F 656). The generally accepted foreign currencies are: the euro and the US dollar. The exchange is possible in approved offices, banks, major hotels and some tourism agencies. Banks are generally opened to customers from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Major hotels accept some credit cards. Official Languages Cameroon is a bilingual country with English and French as its official languages. Snapshots Photographs could be taken throughout the territory except for the presidential palaces, aerodromes, military zones and installations, defence and security staff and aspects that could ruin the morals and good reputation of the country. To take pictures for commercial purposes and during official ceremonies, it is advisable to obtain a special pass from the Ministry of Communication. Taking photographs in national parks is allowed upon payment of a fix rate per camera. It is recommended to seek peoples consent when it comes to reproducing their images or taking snapshots of them. Time Time zone: GMT + 1. In winter, Cameroon has no time difference with France. In Summer, GMT – 1. Offices are opened from Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 P.m. Shops are opened until 6:00 p.m. even on Saturdays. Electric voltage Cameroon is electrified at 220 volts and its electrical sockets are of European standards. However, it is advisable to have a torch lamp in case of power outage. Dressing Bring along linen or cotton clothes, sunglasses, a hat, woolen clothes for the evening and a raincoat if possible.
Including: • Visa assistance (invitation), • Accommodation Double room, hotel 4.3 and 2 stars (local standards) and bivouacs, • Land Transport and driver, • Guide, local guides and Trackers, • Visit fees, • Road Tolls, • Tours and planned activities, Excluded : • Cost of passports, visas, vaccinations and other formalities, • International air tickets, • Insurance assistance, repatriation and baggage (highly recommended), • Tips and expenses of personal nature, • The rights to photograph and film, • Single supplement, • Porters.