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CENTRAL REGION TOURIST GUIDE
As its name indicates, the Center region is in the center of the country. It is limited to the North by the Adamawa region, to the South by the South region, to the East by the East region and to the West by the Littoral and West regions.
Regional Capital: Yaoundé
Surface Area; 69,000 Km2
Population; 3,525,664 inhabitants (2010 est.)Divisions:
- Haute-Sanaga (Nanga Eboko)
- Lekie (Monatele)
- Mbam-et-Inoubou (Bafia)
- Mbam-et-kim (Ntui)
- Mefou-et-Afamba (Mfou)
- Mefou-et-Akono (Ngoumou)
- Mfoundi (Yaoundé)
- Nyong-et-Kelle (Eseka)
- Nyong-et-Mfoumou (Akonolinga)
- Nyong-et-So’o (Mbalmayo)
The Center region is remarkable by its wet climate. Luxuriant vegetation, rich and diversified folklore and customs of its inhabitants. It is a hilly region, mostly covered by the equatorial forest and crisscrossed by many long rivers. It is suitable for excursions, picnics, ecotourism, agrotourism and to adventure travel. Except for the rainy season (from July till October), the region offers throughout the rest of the year, a convenient climate for travel and leisure with its soft and fresh climate and temperatures hovering around 220C.
Yaoundé, the administrative center of the region is also the capital of the country and the seat of the institutions of the Republic. With its world-class hotel infrastructure, Yaoundé is one of the preferred destinations for tourists, businessmen, diplomats, congress participants and academics. Built on several hills, Yaoundé boast a picturesque landscape and a relatively mild climate than the coastal areas. Temperatures range between a maximum of 30 to 330C and a minimum of around 150C.
YAOUNDÉ, THE TOURISTIC CITYYaoundé, the administrative center of the region and the political capital of Cameroon is home to several places of interest for their cultural, historical, ecological and religious values. Here, one can visit;
a) The Cross of Lorraine or Leclerc Monument which symbolizes the call for unity by the Gaullists during the Second World War;
b) The National Museum or the former presidential Palace, which was also formerly the Residence of the French Governors, built to its current architecture by Governor Marchand 91923 – 1933);
c) The ALCAMOR Building (seat of the legislative Assembly of oriental Cameroon) where was celebrated the autonomy of oriental Cameroon on May 10th, 1957 by the first Cameroonian head of Government Mr. Andre Marie Mbida.
d) The stature of Charles Atangana, the last chief of the Ewondo and the Bene people, appointed the Germany Kaiser in the 1940se) The Reunification Monument, built in 1972 in memory of the reunification of the English-speaking and French-speaking Cameroon in 1961.
EXCURSIONS AROUND YAOUNDÉEBOGO
It is one of the major tourist attractions of the Center region. Situated approximately 35km from Yaoundé on the road to Mbalmayo, the Ebogo site is on a bank of the River Nyong fitted out for angling, hiking in canoes to contemplate the nature, especially the many species of butterflies. On the road leading to the Ebogo site, one can visit the basketwork workshops and balafon making artists. Balafons are traditional musical instruments made of pieces of sticks mounted on calabashes.THE MEFOU PARK
The park of Mefou is situated at approximately one hour by road from Yaoundé. There are tens of species of monkeys there (baboons, hocheurs, mandrills, white-collared cercocebes, gorillas, chimpanzees and talapoins, the tiniest monkeys of Africa).OTHER SITES (FALLS, WATERFALLS, RIVER BANKS, ETC)
Besides Yaoundé and its neighbouredhood, the center region abounds with several other places of interest including waterfalls, caves, cascades, river banks, etc.
It is an attractive and very famous waterfall in the district of Batchenga, named after Nachtigal, the famous explorer; One can also visit the NDOKOM, Ninoum, Mbam, Mpoume, Mbila and Ngo Njock Lipoo Falls.b) SANAGA FALLS
Spectacular rapids at the edge of which is built the Presidential Residence of Ndjore in the district of Batchengac) THE MBEGA MANGROVE SWAMPS BAY
Situated some 25km from the city of Mbalmayo and about 10km from the Mbalmayo-Sangmelima road section, it is an easily flooded bank of the river Nyong with an undergrowth of mangrove swamps; In the dry seasons, the river Nyong recedes to deliver its fine white sand beaches.d) THE SO’O BRIDGE
The bridge and the Colonial buildings at the edge of the river So’o are of great touristic value.e) AKOK BEKOE
Rocks made up of a multitude of very spectacular caves. Situated in the Village Bikoe on the road from Mbalmayo to Akono.