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Best Hiking Trails in Cameroon

Overview

Cameroon is a country in western African containing the highest peak in West Africa and also has a small mountainous area in the southwest. 

Capital: Yaoundé

When To Hike in Cameroon?

December – February: Dry season, but very hot
March – November: Rainy

Climate: Tropical (wet and dry seasons) – LOTS of rain during the rainy season, particularly in the south.

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium – It’s easier to travel around here compared with other West African countries.  Most of the hiking information available is related to hiking Mount Cameroon, difficult to find information on hiking in other areas. 

Transportation requiredCar (4WD); minibuses

Where to stay in Cameroon for hiking:

  • Buea
  • Melong

Most popular hikes in Cameroon

The main area for hiking is in the south and southwest of the country, including the highest peak - Mount Cameroon (4095 m), West Africa’s highest peak.

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Rumpi Hills Protected Area

  • No published information on hiking trails in this region

Bakossi Mountains

  • Close to Bakossi Mountains Wildlife Reserve

Mount Manengouba National Park

  • Hike up Mount Manengouba and the stunning Lacs Jumeaux

Bamenda Plateau

  • Large plateau with low mountains
  • Bamenda is the closest city

Mount Cameroon National Park

  • Mount Cameroon – lone volcano (not really part of a mountain chain)

Long Distance Trails of Cameroon

  • Hiking Mount Cameroon is a multi-day trek

Cameroon's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Cameroon Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Lonely Planet West Africa, by Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Michael Grosberg, 2017, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/3IRDQfo
  • Cameroon, 3rd Edition, Bradt Travel Guide, by Ben West, 2011, Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/3xfmOVD

 

Best Hikes in Cameroon:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps or websites as there are no hiking guidebooks or official hiking websites:

  • Mount Cameroon (Fako)
  • Mount Mbapit
  • Mount Bambouto
  • Mount Manengouba and Lacs Jumeaux
  • Mount Eloudem

Easy Hikes in Cameroon:

  • Ekom-Noam Waterfalls

 

Cameroon Hiking Websites:

 

Cameroon Official Tourism Site:  

 

Cameroon Hiking Apps: 

Cameroon Hiking Maps:

What Else To Do

  • Annual footrace at Mt Cameroon

Other Important Points

  • French and English speaking sections of the country
  • Most of the hiking literature available is related to Mount Cameroon only