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Foumban Attractions

Population de Foumban

Located in the western region of Cameroon, the city of Foumban is only 70 km away from the capital of the region Bafoussam. Foumban is the capital of the Nun Department and Christianity and Islam are the main religions. With a population of 820,000 inhabitants and an area of 7700 km², it covers almost half of the western region. Thanks to its craftsmanship, Foumban enjoys an international reputation and is also known as the city of arts. Handicraft employs a good number of young people and is the main source of income for the population. Foumban has two major museums, the Palace Museum and the Museum of Arts. The Museum of Arts has more than three thousand works of art and historical pieces, some dating back over 600 years. They tell the story of the Bamoun people, one of the oldest kingdoms in Africa. Visitors will have the opportunity to contemplate the treasures, traditions, art and culture of the Bamoun Kingdom.

Foumban Palace

Le Palais du sultan de Foumban au Cameroun

The royal palace was built in 1917 by the most famous Bamoun king the sultan “Ibrahim Njoya” who reigned from 1887 to 1933. The Palace has a museum that tells the history of the Bamoun kings’ dynasty. This magnificent palace is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The famous Sultan Ibrahim Njoya created around 1915 a secret language and an alphabet that initially consisted of 500 letters, and he committed himself to make it accessible to all. He also created a religion based on Islam, Christianity and traditional beliefs.

Central Mosque

Mosquée centrale de Foumban

Located near the Royal Palace, the Foumban central Mosque was built in 1958. The population of the town of Foumban is 80% Muslim and the central mosque is the most important monument for the followers.

Other attractions

Foumban

In addition to the above-mentioned attractions, the region around Foumban has other interesting tourist attractions, such as Mount Mbappit (Alt. 2000 m). Located between Foumbot and Foumban, the Mount Mbapit is an extinct red volcano which offers interesting trekking trails and it has a breathtaking magnificent landscape. You will also discover the crater lake of Mount Mbappit, the legend says that stones thrown into the crater will never hit the water, the water will remain undisturbed. There is also the Petpenoun resort which offers a luxurious setting in which to practice various activities. You can practice golf, go swimming, play tennis and badminton, go windsurfing and canoeing/kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, cycling and many more Activities. Our guides will take care of you around this wonderful area and show you the beautiful sights.

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