Taking pictures of official buildings or staff (government, military, police) but also of buildings of strategic importance (like bridges, ports, airports and so on) is strictly forbidden.
When I took a picture of a monument in Yaounde someone tried to interrupt me. At first I didn't understand. Later I was told that a high rise building behind the square houses offices of several ministries. So if the police were around it could have got me into trouble.
Driving during the night outside of the cities is extremly dangerous.
Not only do you risk to damage the car by driving into one of these big road holes. More dangerous are the technical conditions of other cars. During dawn most of the cars drive without light until it is totally dark. And some of them drive without rear lights even in total darkness.
Furthermore a lot of people walk alongside the roads and it's not unusual that some domestic animals roam freely in the night.
So if you can't avoid driving during night at least be very careful.
Cameroon is a poor country and a tourist who can afford to spend money only to visit a foreign country is a millionaire in the eyes of the locals. Many of them do not know how to make a decent living. So be not surprised if they are uninhibited in stealing.
Use common sense if you walk in the cities. Avoid crowds if possible. Don't wear jewelry or expensive watches or cameras. Don't wear rucksacks on your back where you can't see what happens. And take along only as much money as you need.
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.
While travelling in Cameroon you'll encounter police controls very often. So it's a very good idea to have proper documents at hand at every time.
But the police may find a problem anyway. And then it can happen that you are asked to give a bit 'motivation money'. You are not obliged to pay, because corruption is illegal in Cameroon too. But if they only ask for small amounts you may be better off to pay. It's not worth to save some CFA-Franc while having to discuss the (non-existing) problem for a long time.
When you’re trekking in the rainforests for several days it isn’t always possible to carry a lot of drinking water.
So be sure you’ve got disinfectations tablets or a water filter to clean your water when you’re using the rivers.
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.
Cameroon is mainly made up of Rainforest in the South. I was shocked to see how much of it was stacked up at the Port in Douala ready to be shipped.
I don't know whether it is grown sustainably or not but there was an awful lot of timber there.............
I couldn't get out of the car and take a proper photo as one of the workers was shoutig at me not to photograph it.
When you're traveling in the forests and you're lucky to encounter a forest elephant.
But the elephant isn't happy with your presence, than the roots of these trees can offer you protection, if he attacks you.
There is currently an outbreak of cholera in Cameroon. The outbreak has mainly affected Douala and the surrounding area, though the disease has recently spread to the capital Yaounde. Since the beginning of 2004, of the 6377 people who have been affected by the disease, approximately 130 people have died. 21 cases in two weeks have been reported in Yaounde.
It is strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.
Do not travel after dark if you want to avoid theives and pick pockets. Thieves tend to hang around bus stations and taxi ranks after dark. You will generally be O.K inside the stations themselves but beware when you leave. To avoid this problem only travel in daylight.
If you are travelling by night bus and arrive early in the morning, stay inside the bus station until the sun comes up.
This poblem is mostly a problem in the big cities (Douala, Yaounde, Bamenda)
Don't drink the water. Either filter it (drops, filter, tablets...) or drink Tangue (bottle water). Follow the simple rules of cook it, peel it...or don't eat it. I had not a one GI issue and i have a very weak stomach. i had more issues in Guatemala.
Bring pepto tablets and take 2 if you feel something's going on down there.
Here's the latest warnings from the British Foreign Office
We advise against all travel to the area bordering Nigeria in the region of the Bakassi Peninsula. The territory is subject to a dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon. The demarcation of the disputed border is on going. Tension in the area remains and localised skirmishes between Nigerian and Cameroonian police and security personnel have occurred with little warning.
We advise against all but essential travel to the area bordering the Central African Republic, where armed banditry is common. If you chose to travel to this area, against our advice, you should inform the British High Commission in Yaoundé and the local security authorities before travelling.
Visitors to the Lake Chad area in the Far North Province should report to the local authorities (the Prefet or Sous-Prefet) on arrival. The local authorities advise visitors to engage a reliable guide, such as one of those offered by the Hotel Porte-Maillhot in Maroua.
The border with the Republic of Congo is closed. Overland travel out of Cameroon can be difficult. Gendarmerie detachments are posted along the road between Maroua and the Chadian border.
Roadblocks set up by the police or gendarmerie are common throughout Cameroon. You may be asked to show your passport, driving licence or vehicle registration documents. There are regular reports of uniformed members of the security forces stopping motorists on the pretext of minor or non-existent violations of local vehicle regulations in order to extort small bribes. We recommend that you do not pay bribes. Where possible you should request the officer to provide a ticket payable at a local court.
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 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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