Touristic sites

• LIMBE BOTANIC GARDEN – LIMBE

The Limbe Botanic Garden was founded by a group of Germans under the Directorship of Paul Preus in 1892. It served as a trials and acclimatisation centre for the introduction of exotic crop species such as coffee, cocoa, rubber, oil palm, banana, teak and sugar-cane for distribution within “Kamerun” and other German colonies. In its heyday the Limbe Botanic Garden was said to be one of the most important tropical botanic gardens in the world. To complement the work in Limbe, experimental plots for high elevation species such as tea (Camellia sinensis) were established in Buea.

The Garden possessed a herbarium, laboratories, classrooms, a museum, a library and staff accommodation. The British took over the responsibility for the Garden in 1920, advised by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and it was managed by a Kew-trained Superintendent. The British departed in 1932 and the garden was directly managed by Cameroonian personnel until 1958. With the independence of West Cameroon in 1961, the curation of the Garden was taken over by the Government. Despite the efforts of many people, the Garden declined during this period. In 1988, a British-Cameroonian partnership was initiated through a Memorandum of Understanding which led to the renovation and development of the Garden. With Gar den has changed from an agricultural one to one of conservation, education, science, tourism and recreation, to meet the needs of today.

The Cameroon Government and the British Overseas Development Administration (ODA) are collaborating to: · encourage the conservation of Cameroonian forests by the local people for sustainable use.· encourage scientiic studies of the natural resources for the beneit to humankind.· develop environmental awareness at different levels of society for a better future.· promote tourism and recreation in the region. Limbe Botanic Garden provides a peaceful escape from the nearby bustling city. With its thematic gardens, majestic trees and ideal setting, it stands beside Mount Cameroon and the country’s extensive national park system as one of the outstanding places of interest in the country.

The Limbe Botanic Garden can only survive if it can attract foreign support. This means aiming to become an institutional base for scientiic research and genetic conservation. It is only with comprehensive scientiic research that we can learn more about the plants and animals of the nearby forests and how they interact. ensuring the sustainable use of the rainforest and helping to prevent inadvertent damage to this fragile and valuable resource. Admire the outstanding views across the Atlantic Ocean on the coastal trail. – Spot the herons and Kingishers of the Riverside trail, feeding on the banks of the Limbe river as it lows through the garden. – Hike up the Bota adventure trail to see the largest tree in the garden at the top of the Bota hill.

The gardens’ lawns: – Wander across these beautiful lawns, surrounded by a dazzling display of colors through out the year. – Have a picnic and relax with friends in the scenic splendor of these gardens – Visit the jungle village, a unique out door amphitheatre embedded in the natural landscape of the gardens. Its also the ideal venue for concerts, weddings and other events. 5. The hot spot restaurant: – Samples African and European cuisine served at the hotspot restaurant over looking Ambas bay with its breath taking views. 6. Other services in clued:
– Environmental education
– Conference Centre facilities
– Office space and equipment
– Living collections and landscape
– Management
– Horticulture
– Nursery.



• THE CASTLE (SCHLOSS) OF PUTTKAMER – BUEA

The Castle (Schloss) of Puttkamer was built in the year 1900 as the residence of the Governor. This historical structure was an imitation of the architecture of a Wilhelminian Hunting Lodge in Brandenburg, Germany. In spite of several items and furniture having disappeared, there are a few glasses and plates left from the German period.



• LAKE BAROMBI MBO

Southwest Region of Cameroon. It is located in the Cameroon volcanic chain, and is the largest volcanic lake in this region. It is one of the oldest radiocarbon-dated lakes in Africa. On old colonial maps the area was known as Elefanten Sea (Elephant Lake), but the elephants living in the area were extirpated due to ivory trading. Until now, 15 species of fishes have been recorded from the lake. Among others, this includes a member of the Barbus aboinensis group, a member of the Fundulopanchax mirabilis group, and the endemic catish Clarias maclareni.

Perhaps most noteworthy are the 11 species of cichlids that are endemic to the lake (K onia spp., Stomatepia spp., Myaka myaka, Pungu maclareni, Sarotherodon caroli, S. linnellii, S. lohbergeri, and S. steinbachi), and likely the results of sympatric speciation. All the endemics are seriously threatened by pollution and sedimentation from human activities, and potentially also by large emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the lake’s bottom (compare Lake Nyos). Commercial ishing is forbidden in the lake. Additionally, the lake has an endemic species of sponge (Corvospongilla thysi), and an endemic species of shrimp (Caridina sp.).



MUANENGUBA LAKES (TWIN LAKES) – BANGEM

The reputation of the twin muanenguba lakes has risen above Bangem , the south west region and Cameroon. This is the female lake. Some people come here for sight seeing. Others who believe in the powers of the twin lakes collect its water into bottles for home consumption. It is believed that when you drink the water or apply it on any part of the body, it cures. The female lake is lenient and tolerant. It accepts people as one can carry out ishing, swimming and other leisure in the lake. But be aware, if you come to this lake with bad intentions, they will turn back on you. Thus, witches are advised to stay away. Sitting on it’s banks, you have the same sensations as a..



• MOUNT CAMEROON – BUEA

Mount Cameroon is an active volcano in Cameroon, the highest point of the line of Cameroon and West Africa with an estimated, 4,040, 4,070 or 4,095 meters. It is considered the tenth African summit behind Jebel Toubkal in Morocco. Active volcano, its little explosive eruptions Hawaiian or Strombolian nature result in the opening of volcanic issures emitting lava. These can cause damage, but have never been dead. Mount Cameroon is called Mount Cameroon in English and Mongo-mo-Ndemi in Bakweri which in French means “Mountain of the Gods” . The volcano was called Gotterberg, Kamerungebirge or Victoriaberg time of German colonization. The highest point of the mountain is the Fako volcanic crater also called Manga-ma-Loba, Mongo-ma-Loba, Mungo-ma-Loba or Mongo-ma-Lobo in Bakweri which in French means “Mountain Thunder” .Mount Camer oon is located in south-western Cameroon, not far from the Guinea. This island, Mount Camer oon and other volcanoes belong to the Cameroon line, a series of volcanoes and volcanic massif s underlining a rift from the Gulf of Guinea to Lake Tchad. Administratively, the top of the mountain is located in the department of the Fako region Southwest.
Douala, the largest city of Cameroon, located southeast. Mount Cameroon is the most active volcano in West Africa with nine eruptions during the twentieth century. One of its eruptions have been observed by the explorer Hanno the Carthaginian general, while sailing along the West African coast in the ifth century BC. J. C. Since the arrival of Europeans in the region in the seventeenth century, its eruptions effusives hawaıënne strombolienne nature and are characterized by explosions of volcanic explosivity index between 2 and 3 as well as the issuance of lava lows from the top and pentes. These lava lows sometimes reach the Atlantic Ocean as is the case in 1922 while in 1999, lava has stopped 200 meters from rivage. Of 1982 produced lahars and the 2000 Lake of lave. If they can cause destruction, especially in villages, crops and cutting routes, these eruptions have never made victims. through preventive evacuations inhabitants.
The ascent of Mount Cameroon is by hiking trails. The best time to undertake it is winter, especially in December, January and February. The scholar, explorer and British writer Richard Francis Burton was the irst to have successfully climbed the mountain in 1861. Each year in February runs an ascent of the volcano called Mount Cameroon Race of Hope. The best racers take about 4 hours 30 minutes to reach the summit. The irst event took place in 1973 and was sponsored by Guinness until 2005, when the Cameroon Athletics Federation took over the organization of the event.



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