National Parks of Cameroon

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Cameroon National Parks

The Republic of Cameroon is located in west-central Africa. Cameroon is bordered by Nigeria on the west; the Central African Republic to the east; Chad to the northeast; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon has a diverse geography that includes beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. Cameroon can be divided into five geographic regions. The coastal plain is densely forested and is exceedingly hot and humid. This plain extends inland from the Gulf of Guinea to the South Cameroon Plateau.

The South Cameroon Plateau rises up several thousand feet as it extends to the east from the coastal plain. This region is dominated by an equatorial rainforest with distinct wet and dry seasons.

Cameroonian Highlands forests are located in the area near Ngaoundal in Cameroon’s Adamawa Region. This region is an irregular chain of mountains, hills, and plateaus with a mild temperatures and heavy rainfall. The soils of this region are among the most fertile in Cameroon and there is lush vegetation everywhere.

The South Cameroon Plateau continues to rise in the north, becoming the higher Adamawa Plateau. Its average elevation is nearly 4,000 feet above sea level. This is a grassy area with mild temperatures
and heavy rain most of the year.

From the Adamawa Plateau the northern lowland region extends to Lake Chad with an average elevation of around 1,000 feet above sea level. This hot, arid region contains savanna scrub and grass.

Cameroon has four patterns of drainage. In the south, the principal rivers are the Ntem, Nyong, Sanaga, and Wouri. These flow southwestward or westward directly into the Gulf of Guinea. The Dja and Kadéï drain southeastward into the Congo River. In northern Cameroon, the Bénoué River runs north and west and empties into the Niger. The Logone flows northward into Lake Chad, which Cameroon shares with three neighbouring countries

There are ten national parks in Cameroon, Cameroon is home to the lowland Gorilla, as well as many other notable African wildlife.

Mammals of Cameroon – Checklist

Bénoué National Park – well known for hippopotamus

Bouba Njida National Park – known for black rhinoceros

Boumba Bek National Park

Campo Ma’an National Park

Faro National Park

Kalamaloue National Park

Korup National Park – a huge area of virgin rainforest

Lobéké National Park

Nki National Park

Waza National Park
Cameroon’s most famous national park is home to the “big five” animals of Africa.

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