Be careful at the roadblocks, never leave your passport out of sight when you have to give it.
When you know your passport and visa are alright, you should NEVER pay a bribe.
They'll always ask it, but DON'T pay it.
The other people in the bus, tro-tro or taxi will protect you when the officers get annoyed.
Watch out for reptiles and insects.
Check your tent or hut before you go to sleep.
Its always possible that some animals prefer your facilities instead of the forest.
When they bite, you're in serious trouble.
Medical care isn't always available in these areas.
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Be careful with your passport...
Be careful with your passport and drivers licence. Better you have some photocopies of your papers. I made a small pocket which I beared around my neck below my T-Shirt and had the copies always on me.
Do you know the surname of a police man? They called him 'Mange-mille', what means 'Eat one thousand'. Sometimes with a note of 1000 CFA you solve a problem a police man could have had with you...
Don't get angry at all. Take your time. Forget your nerves!! Waiting is a possibility to observe people and surroundings... just keep cool and be kind and nice...start telling the story of your family! For example of your grandfather! Or your mummy, your sisters and brothers... I always had some knittery with me, when I had to wait in the bank...It's something to learn for European or American people... c'est comme ça...
Watch your bags and belongings...
Watch your bags and belongings in Yaounde and especially in Douala. However if you look you know what you are doing, you should have little problems. Do not stop while you are walking through any of these cities, and do no acknowledge anyone who shouts out your name. Look for anyone who may shove something in your face, this often done to distract you and take your wallet or money. If someone should put something in your face (a watermelon in my experience), shove it away and keep going. Trust me, if they wanted to sell you the watermelon they would have presented it to you better. Watch out for almost Gypsy like people in Douala, who will surround you with their children, as the adult distracts you, their children will immediately go for your pockets. Handle this as you would handle Gypsies in Italy, push them away and keep going. When trekking in Cameroon, remember that there are less facilities here than in most countries always be self-sufficient, and make sure to bring plenty of Iodine tablets for safe water. I ran out of Iodine tablets while trekking, and the bacteria infection I received was quite unpleasant. Be careful who your dance partners are at any nightclubs, and sometimes switching dance partners is not such a bad idea. Most important have your passport handy, and after buying a carving or mask try and get a receipt. Cameroon is not the most corrupt country in the world for nothing. While flying from Garoua to Yaounde, one airport official attempted to get me to pay a bribe for exporting a black wooden statue (he claimed it was precious ebony). Keep your cool with the officials, and try to provide documentation when necessary. Most officials are merely looking for the tourist who will panic and pay a bribe out of fear or inconvenience. Otherwise try to speak their language and respect Cameroonian culture, and you will have a great time.
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