Garoua Attractions and its surrounding areas
Located in the Northern region, especially in the Benue district, Garoua is the capital of the northern region. With a population of about 600,000 inhabitants (2015), Garoua was created in 1935 by Modibbo Haman Njoundi and become an urban community in 2008. The city is the third most populous in the country and it is the only city crossed by the Benue in Cameroon. Garoua is one of the oldest Cameroonian cities. The main language is Foulfouldé and the Islam is the main religion. Garoua is the hometown of the former Cameroonian president, Ahmadou Ahidjo and as such, the city has benefited from a number of infrastructures including an international airport. Garoua is a pleasant and well-equipped city and the average monthly temperature can change from 26 ° C in August to 40 ° C in March.
Safari Photos - Hunting tourism
In addition to the national parks, Cameroon also has 27 hunting areas covering more than 4 551 990 ha, which is specially designed and scattered around national parks. With over 600 km of slopes open each year, the area offers immense opportunities for a photo safari, hunting sport and sports fishing. Several animal species are represented.
Bouba Ndjida National Park
Located in the northern region near the Chadian border, it was created in 1932 as a wildlife reserve and became a national park in 1947. It covers an area of 220,000 hectares, it is home to lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, panthers, hyenas and over 300 species of birds.
Bénoué National Park
Located in the northern region, it was created in 1932 as a wildlife reserve and became a national park in 1968. It covers an area of 180,000 hectares and has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1981. It is the home of lions, buffaloes, hippos, hyenas, giraffes, leopards and primates and they can be visited year round.
Faro National Park
Located in the northern region near the border with Nigeria, it was created in 1947 as a wildlife reserve and became a national park in 1980. It covers an area of 330,000 hectares and is rich in animal and plant species. There are black rhinos, lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, primates and nearly 300 species of birds scattered throughout the park.
The cultural diversity of the northern populations can be seen in the local cuisine, in their varied and unique habitat, in their clothing style, marked by the port of Djellabah for men and women and in their traditional chiefdoms (Lamidats). Among the most prestigious is the Lamidat of Rey Bouba which was built at the beginning of the 19th century under the reign of Lamido Bouba Ndjida.
The Gouma dance
Gouma dance, also known as “topless dance” is a traditional dance of the region. This dance is well-known nationally and internationally and was originally intended for the celebration of the birth of twins, which is considered in this tradition, as an exceptional event. Other traditional festivals and ceremonies are also celebrated in this region, such as traditional October harvest dances that are highly appreciated by visitors and locals alike.
Other Tourist Attractions
In addition to the above-mentioned attractions, the North region offers several other interesting tourist attractions. There are mountains suitable for trekking like the Mountains Atlantika (altitude 1,300 m) which are located near the border with Nigeria. Once at the top, one can observe the beautiful and welcoming Koma population who live in the mountains. They live in a traditional way and feed on hunting, fishing and farming. There are also dams such as the Lagdo dam, magnificent canyons, colorful markets with their flavors, beautiful lakes, artisan centers and traditional chiefdoms (lamidats, sultanates).