Limbe Attractions and its surrounding areas
Located in the southwestern region about 80 km from Douala, Limbe was founded in 1857 and was name after Queen Victoria by Alfred Saker a British missionary. Limbe has approximately 100 000 inhabitants, a pleasant climate and consistent temperatures of between 25 and 30 °. Limbe has black sandy beaches due to Mount Cameroon which last erupted in 2000. You can swim, stroll and relax along the various beaches and because of the incredible waves here, surfing is a dream.
Limbe Botanical Garden
Located in the southwestern region, it was created by the Germans in 1892 and served as a study centre and acclimatization for plants species such as quinine, rubber, coffee, cocoa and banana. The goal was to feed local populations and other German colonies. It covers an area of 200 hectares and is now used exclusively for education, science and tourism.
Limbé Wildlife Center
The Limbe Wildlife Centre was established in 1993 as a cooperation project between the Cameroonian government and NGO’s Pandrillus Foundation with the aim to provide shelter to the primates of the region. The limbe wildlife Centre is today home to about 15 species of primates, including gorillas, chimpanzees, mandrills, several species of birds, reptiles, and most of these animals are released back into their original habitats. The Limbe Wildlife centre receives about 45,000 visitors a year, strengthening the importance of the development of environmental awareness to the population. A visit to the Limbe Wildlife Centre generates useful resources for the survival and the improvement of living conditions for animals.
Korup National Park
Unique, it covers an area of 1,260 km² and is considered one of the oldest rainforests in the world. He survived the Ice Age and today looks like a museum of more than 60 million years. It has a beautiful flora and fauna. More than 400 species of trees and many medicinal plants have been identified. It counts more than 300 species of birds, 174 species of reptiles and amphibians and 140 species of fish. Styled like a natural wildlife reserve, there are elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, leopards and chimpanzees and more.
On the shores of the Atlantic not far from Limbe, there is an old slave station found over thirty years ago in 1987, during a groundbreaking for the site of a new church dedicated to the memory of the missionary Alfred Saker. The site still bears indelible traces of the slave trade throughout the buildings where the slaves were kept. Padlocks, chains and other utensils used by the slavers were found on this site. In the 18th and the 19th centuries, thousands of slaves were taken from Africa to work the farm of the new colonies. Between 1776 and 1838 approximately 2,393 people, 42 % of those were children, were boarded at Bimbia and shipped out to North Carolina, Brazil, Guyana and Jamaica. The story is that around 2,078 reached their destinations. There is a cannon, that at that time, faced the sea and was pointed at Nicholls Island where slave where imprisoned not only to prevent unwanted ships from docking but also to discourage slaves on the island not to escape.
Other Tourist Attractions
In addition to Limbe and its surroundings, the Southwest region is full of many other important tourist sites such as Bakingili which is a wonderful resort in Idenau, located in Cameroon’s border with Nigeria. It’s a small regional port with beautiful beaches and lots of fishing canoes. Our guides will show you around this wonderful area and its interesting sights.