Attractions of Bertoua and its surrounding areas
Bertoua is located in the Eastern region of Cameroon, especially in the district of Lom-et-Djerem and was created in 1927 by Gbayas Venus. It is about 350 km from Yaounde and its cover an area of 100 km². Bertoua has a subtropical climate with rainfall of about (1500 à 2000 mm / year) and constant temperatures throughout the year. The average temperature is around 24° C. The area is dominated by large trees, there are almost 1,500 plant species and more than 500 animal species and the region has many other attractions as well as ecotourism, hunting, trekking, photo safaris and much more.
This dense forest region is becoming the leading destination for ecotourism in Cameroon. The Cameroonian government and many NGO’s are making efforts in order to preserve the natural heritage from urban influence and pollution particularly in the Dja Reserve and recently the national parks of Boumba Bek and Nki.
The Dja reserve
Located between the southern and eastern regions, it was created in 1950 as a wildlife and hunting Reserve, it became a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1987. Rich in animal and plant species, it covers an area of 526 000 ha and it is one of the largest and best-preserved African rainforests. The reserve is especially remarkable for its biodiversity, it is home to around 176 mammal species, including some endangered species and a large variety of primates. Among the endangered species are African forest elephants,
chimpanzees and lowland gorillas, Mandrill, white-necked mangabey and many other species. This reserve is also home to nearly 90 bird species and about 160 plant species. A visit generates resources that are needed to protect the animals.
Lobeké National Park
The parks of the East are characterized by clearings and observation towers from which the animals and birds can be observed while taking pictures. Images and great shots are also offered to visitors in small and large savannahs including Lobeké National Park.
In addition to national parks, nature reserves and ecotourism sites, this region offers many other attractions. One can observe beautiful waterfalls and lakes scattered throughout the region and mountain ranges that offer several options for trekking. One can also observe hippo’s ponds such as those from Ndedele and Lala, colonial vestiges spread in the area, Pygmies encampments and much more.