Are you looking for dream destinations that nobody talks about? We suggest 4 Central African destinations to escape from the stress of Western metropolises.
The wonderful Cameroon
Cameroon’s Ministry of Tourism proclaims that its state represents “All of Africa in one country”. Cameroon is located at the crossroads of West and Central Africa. It is advisable to visit in January to avoid the rainy season and extreme temperatures. Despite the fact that the French language is spoken, the currency is the CFA franc.
To refresh yourself after discovering the hectic capital, Yaoundé, you can go to Kribi. This seaside resort is bathed in white sand and flows down to the Lobe Falls.
Nature lovers will be served by the still untouched fauna and flora of Equatorial Guinea. The particularity of Equatorial Guinea comes from its two volcanic islands: Annobon and Bioco. The complex and humid landscapes will certainly give you a change of scenery. There are cabs in the cities, and you can take a minibus to go between the two main cities of the continent, or a taxi-brousse.
Immerse yourself in Angola’s history
A former Portuguese colony, Angola is located in the western part of Southern Africa, between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia. This destination is still little visited by tourists, yet it has great potential. Angola is a safe place with no current civil war.
Luanda, the capital, is a city marked by its historical places, victims of the Portuguese colonization. There are many museums. There is the National Slavery Museum, or the cathedral and multiple churches of colonial style, in the heart of the old city.
Libreville is the capital and cultural center of Gabon, home to half of its population. You will find beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the Sybang Arboretum to see thousands of species of native trees. Visit the colorful and lively markets of Mbolo.
The resort island of Pointe Denis is a popular excursion from Libreville where you’ll see mansions, seafood restaurants and stretches of wild beach on the Atlantic Ocean side. If you go between July and September, it’s humpback whale season. Take advantage of the whale watching expeditions offered off the coast of Gabon.
Don’t miss the beautiful Pongara National Park. It is located in an abundant wildlife reserve with elephants, monkeys and leatherback turtles. Nyonie Camp is a place of accommodation not far from the park, south of Pointe Denis, to stay quietly.
Finally, going to distant regions with different cultural models can give you a breath of fresh air. Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Gabon are developing countries that are well worth the trip.