Cameroon is situated on the west coast of Africa, fronting the Gulf of Guinea and covering 475,000 sq. kms. There are four main geographical areas: the southern area is forest, with low coastal plains. The northwest is mountainous forest which features the volcano Mount Cameroon. North is semi-arid savannah which slopes towards Lake Chad. The comparatively low urban population is concentrated in the southern part of the country.

The climate is tropical in the south and west with high temperatures and high humidity and abundant rainfall March-June and Sepember-November. The dry season lasts October-April in the north and in the south is December-February and July-September. Average temperature 26°C.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Located on the Gulf of Guinea, the tropical climate of Cameroon can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on returning to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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