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.
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.