Welcome to Cameroon
Africa in Miniature
“Hello. I’m Louis-Marie. And I’m Elodie. Welcome to Cameroon.
In Cameroon, you can find all the different types of natural habitats such as rainforest and grassland savannah. This is why our country is sometimes called ‘Africa in Miniature’.
Cameroon is a rich country in many ways. There are lots of different groups and cultures and tourists come to see the amazing wildlife we have here.
Take a look at our videos, which were filmed around Yaoundé in the southern central region. We travelled around to find lots of things which will interest you.”
SOS Children's Village Mbalmayo
Louis-Marie and Elodie live at the SOS Village in Mbalmayo, around 45km south of the capital Yaoundé.
They both enjoyed going on trips around their local area to show what Cameroon has to offer. Take a look at their videos to see where they went and what they discovered.
Cameroon is one of the top five producers of cocoa. Cocoa beans are the country’s highest-earning agricultural export (bringing in 540 million dollars in 2009). Cotton and bananas are the next highest earners.
With its large areas of forest, timber is an important export for Cameroon; the country is one of the world’s major suppliers of wood (along with Brazil and Indonesia).
There are two secondary education models in Cameroon, based on the French and the British school systems, depending on where children live. Both have ‘lower’ and ‘upper’ years.
After World War I, Britain and France divided up Cameroon between them. France took the larger share of the country, while Britain controlled western regions along the Nigerian border.
Kola nuts are popular in Cameroon. Chewed for their bitter juice, which acts as a mild stimulant, the nuts are often exchanged as gifts.
The country’s nine national parks and many reserves offer visitors the chance to see a huge range of creatures, from giant millipedes and many species of butterfly, to larger forest dwellers such as gorillas and the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus), one of the rarest and largest primates in Africa.
Over 250 ethnic groups live across Cameroon, often having allegiance to local chiefs as well as being ruled by the central government.
With a seasonally wet climate in many regions, malaria is a constant threat to health. Children are particularly vulnerable and nearly a fifth of deaths among under-fives are caused by malaria.
In the very southeast, some forest areas are little explored and new discoveries of flora and fauna are still being made.