Hunting Cameroon Information
Cameroon is also referred to as "Little Africa" due to its' diversity of habitat; rain forest, forest glades with savannah and savannah with bush veld. Cameroon, like Central African Republic and Tanzania, is a historically significant hunting destination in Africa.
For many decades, French professional hunters, as well as some Italian, Spanish and Belgian professional hunters, led amazing safaris in Cameroon. Contributing to Cameroons' reputation as a prestigious big game hunting country of the former Afrique Equatoriale Fran霆喫se (French Equatorial Africa). Today, Cameroon remains one of the most beautiful destinations to hunt in Africa.
The political stability of the country assures Cameroon's reputation as an ideal destination for both hunting and tourism. This is also true for most of the formers French colonies in Western and Central Africa. Due to the French colonial influence many Europeans view Cameroon, as well as Burkina Faso and Benin, as perfect first safari destinations. All hunters are certain to discover the ancient atmosphere of Africa while experiencing the thrill of an authentic fair chase African hunt.
There are two major hunting regions in Cameroon, the North and the South/Southeast.
The northern terrain consists mostly of savannah with some lightly wooded areas and some dense forest. Hunting in northern Cameroon is famous for one of its most sought after species, the Lord Derby Eland (Tragelaphus Eurycerus Eurycerus). Hunting in Cameroon is also known for its' large variety of antelopes including Roan Antelope (Hippotragus Equinus), Western Hartebeest (Alcelaphus Buselaphus), Buffon's Kob (Kobus Kob), Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus Ellipsiprymnus Defassa), Bohor Reedbuck (Redunca Redunca), Harnessed Busbuck (Tragelaphus Scriptus Knutsoni), Orebi (Ourebia Ourebi) and various varieties of Duikers (Cephalophus Cephalophus).
West African Savannah Buffalo (Syncerus Cafer Nanus Savanensis) are found in large numbers, herds of several hundred animals are not uncommon. Lions are hunted but only by tracking, as is the case in all of Western and Central Africa and not with bait as in Eastern Africa. Elephants are also abundant. They do not have long tusks, but hunting them is allowed. Hippos provide yet another hunting opportunity. The neighboring parks and wildlife preserves ensure the continued presence of dense animal populations which migrate freely between the parks, preserves and the hunting areas.
Hunting in the Northern part of Cameroon begins with a drive in a 4x4 from the camps then, once in the bush, tracking on foot. The terrain is fairly flat and the hunting is not very physically demanding. As is true for all of West and Central Africa, the large hunting areas in Cameroon are open territories, not fenced.
The average hunting concession area is approximately 220,000 acres and is rented and managed by hunting outfitters who are usually French hunting companies and/or French professional hunters and members of the members of the A.C.P. (Association des Chasseurs Professionnels - Association of Professional Hunters).
In northern Cameroon the hunting camps are permanent. The bungalows are comfortable and are often air conditioned. In most cases, camps are built along rivers and many of the camps have swimming pools. The French style cuisine is excellent and offers many opportunities to taste the meat of various types of game.
In the northern region, hunting areas are accessible by road from Garoua (pronounced ga-roo-ah), capital of the Northern district. The roads are good and the drive is on average 3 to 4 hours. The hunting season runs from mid-December through mid-May.
The south and southeast of Cameroon along with neighboring regions in the Congo and the Central African Republic also provide for an excellent hunting experience. These regions are covered with dense rain forest and are home to the Forest Elephant. Hunting Forest Elephant is always very exciting but requires a fair amount of physical exertion. Good physical fitness is recommended.
The forest is also home to the magnificent yet stealth Bongo and as with the Forest Elephant, the hunt is usually led by pygmies. The equatorial forest in Cameroon is also home to the Dwarf Forest Buffalo (Syncerus Caffer Nanus Stricto Sensus), Western Sitatunga (Tragelaphus Spekei Gratus), Giant Forest Hog (Hylochoerus Meinertzhageni), Bushpig (Potamochoerus), Yellow-Backed Duiker (Cephalophus Silvicultor), Blue Duiker (Cephalophus Monticola), Black-Fronted Duiker (Cephalophus Nigrifrons) and the White Bellied Duiker (Cephalophus Leucogatser).
Rain forest hunting is only done on foot which requires significant physical exertion and should not be undertaken lightly. The hunting camps are generally tent camps, however hunting in the forest also sometimes requires making "flying camps".
As in the northern areas, the southern areas are most often managed by French hunting companies and professional hunters. These are often the same companies that own or operate the areas in the north.
In the Southern region, hunting areas are accessible by air from the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde (pronounced ya-oon-dey) and flights average 30 minutes.
The hunting season in the rain forest areas runs from end of May through end of July.
Finding a Hunting Outfitter in Cameroon
The single most important thing you need to do to ensure that you are booking with a good hunting outfitter is check their references. The outfitter should provide you with more than a few references, especially clients who have hunted with them within the last year and you should call many of them.
To cut through the indecision and risk of booking on your own you may wish to consider using a hunting agent that specializes in hunting in Cameroon as they should be familiar with the best areas for certain species, work with the most reliable hunting outfitters and may be able to get you a better deal. I recommend HuntingAgent.com as a company you can trust plus they will make it easier for you by taking care of all of the details. You can contact James Jeffrey at his Houston based office +1 (832) 306.1786 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to visit HuntingAgent.com website for more information.
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Cameroon Hunting Areas Map and Satellite Imagery
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Climate in Cameroon
There are two distinct hunting areas in Cameroon, one in the south commonly referred to as the Cameroon Forest and one in the north known as the Cameroon Savannah. These hunting areas fall into the southern and northern regions of the country which possess two distinct climates.
In the southern Cameroon Forest hunting area, the average daily temperature during the hunting season ranges from a low of 70DF to high of 83DF (21DC to 28DC). There are two dry seasons, one which runs from November to February and June to July. The rainy seasons can also be divided into two periods, the little rains which fall from March to June and the big rains which fall during August and September.
In the northern Cameroon Savannah hunting area, the average daily temperature during the hunting season ranges from low of 65DF to high of 84DF (18DC to 29DC) and is very pleasant. The dry season in the north is from November to April and the rainy season is spread out from May to the end of October, although very little rain falls in this area considering it is so close to the equator and droughts are not uncommon.
Weather Underground provides a very detailed look at current weather conditions, weather forecasts, a history and almanac for predicting average weather conditions during the time while you will be traveling in that part of the world. Click here for Benin's climate and temperature forecast.
Cameroon Hunting Season & When Hunting is Allowed
- Hunting Season - December 1st to July 31st
Most outfitters for Cameroon Savannah region run their hunting season from December 1st to May 31st and for Cameroon Forest region operate their hunting season from March 15th to July 31st.
- Trophy hunting may take place within the hours of daylight during the hunting season, no hunting is allowed at night and no hunting is allowed with artificial light.
- The government of Cameroon controls the minimum number of days for a hunting safari based upon certain species being hunted. Above and beyond the government regulations, the hunting outfitter may also impose their own guidelines as to the minimum number of days required to hunt certain species or combination of species.
- Shooting an animal from a vehicle is not permitted.
- Hunting from a vehicle is not permitted, though the vehicle can be used to reach the area from where hunting on foot can begin.
- Hunting of female, young and/or immature animals is prohibited and if shot, this animal will count as two animals taken from it's Group (See Cameroon Hunting Permits & Licenses section below to see what species are in each group) on your hunting license. The trophy fee will also be double the standard trophy fee for that species.
- The minimum legal weight of ivory for an Elephant is 11 pounds (5 kilograms) per side.
Species to Hunt in Cameroon
Cameroon offers a good selection of species for trophy hunting, including Elephant, Lion, Dwarf/Forest Buffalo, West African Savannah Buffalo, Western Bongo, Western Roan Antelope, Sing-Sing Waterbuck, Giant Forest Hog and a multitude of Duiker in addition to other species.
Click here to visit AfricaHunting.com complete list of species available to hunt in Cameroon.
Shot Placement Guide for the Perfect Shot
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Bow Hunting in Cameroon
Bow hunting in cameroon is legal during the hunting season. This country offers tremendous opportunities for bow hunters however few operators have the experience to conduct bow hunting safaris so careful selection of the hunting outfitter is important.
For bow hunting in Cameroon, I recommend the following parts of the country which are more suited to bow hunting because they are drier during these months, Cameroon Forest March 1st to July 31st and Cameroon Savannah December 1st to April 31st.
Importation of Bows & Arrows into Cameroon
It is legal for hunters to import bows for bowhunting purposes into Cameroon and no import permit is required.
Minimum Equipment Requirements for Bowhunting in Cameroon
Cameroon does not have any minimum equipment requirements for bowhunting so common sense will apply or here below find the requirements for South Africa.
- Big Game
Bow Kinetic Energy 80 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 700 grain
(Elephant, Rhino, Hippo, Buffalo)
- Medium Game
Bow Kinetic Energy 70 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 550 grain
(Kudu, Eland, Oryx / Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, etc.)
- Small Game
Bow Kinetic Energy 40 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 400 grain
(Warthog, Nyala, Springbok, Impala, Blesbok, Duiker, Steenbok, Ostrich, Caracal, Black-Backed Jackal, Game Birds, etc.)
Minimum Equipment Requirements for Rifle Hunting in Cameroon
- For Group 1 - Small Game, the equipment requirement for hunting is .240 caliber or less, shotgun may be used as well.
- For Group 2 - Medium Game, the equipment requirement for hunting is .240 to .354 caliber.
- For Group 3 - Big Game, the equipment requirement for hunting is .354 caliber or larger.
- Cameroon does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.
See Cameroon Hunting Permits & Licenses section below to see what species are in each group.
Traveling with Firearms & Ammunition
Traveling to Africa usually requires taking at least a couple of different airlines as well as departing from several countries whose laws and regulations are constantly changing. And they all have their own rules, regulations and laws for which it is your responsibility to be aware and in compliance with all of them. For this reason you should read the Africa Hunting article on Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.
Permits & Importation of Firearms & Ammunition into Namibia
The following section contains the basic information you will need to know, for more detailed information you should read Africa Hunting article on Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons by clicking here, especially if you are transiting through or traveling to another country.
- Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Cameroon is NOT free of charge, please check with your outfitter or the as to the current charges, as they are based upon number of rifles, days of hunt and type of hunting safari. The process is usually quick and easy.
- Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Benin. This form must be accompanied by four ID photos (passport type) along with a copy of your passport. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.
- Clearing of firearm(s) upon entry into Cameroon requires that someone who works for the hunting outfitter be present.
- There is a limit of two firearms per hunter that may be imported into Cameroon for trophy hunting purposes.
- A maximum of fifty (50) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.
- Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.
- Semi-automatic firearms are allowed however sometimes the temporary importation permit is not granted by the Embassy where you apply for your permit.
- No automatic firearms are allowed.
- No handguns are allowed.
Cameroon Professional Hunters Association
There is no Professional Hunters Association in Cameroon.
Association of Bid Game Professional Hunters (AGGC - Association des Guides de Grande Chasse)
Many professional hunters in the former French colonies in Africa are French nationals and members of the Association des Guides de Grande Chasse. Click here to visit ACP web site for more information.
Association of Professional Hunters in France (ACP - Association des Chasseurs Professionnels)
Click here to visit ACP web site for more information.
Visit our Africa Hunting Directory for our Professional Hunters in Cameroon listing with ratings and reviews.
Cameroon Hunting Permits & Licenses
The wildlife authorities and the government of Cameroon allocates quotas by species to each hunting block or hunting territory on an individual basis.
Your hunting license and permit will be applied for and obtained by your hunting outfitter well prior to your arrival, please check with your outfitter as to the current charges or if the cost of this paperwork is already included in the price of your hunt.
The following is required regarding permits for trophy hunting in Cameroon:
- To obtain your hunting license, it is mandatory to get a health certificate from your doctor stating that you are physically fit enough to participate in a big game hunting safari.
- A maximum of one trophy per species per hunting season may be harvested, per hunting client per hunting license.
Note: Even though the Safari Club International recognizes the Dwarf/Forest Buffalo and the West African Savannah Buffalo as different species of Buffalo, Cameroon considers it the same, so only one can be harvested.
- Clients are only permitted to hunt animals for which a permit is issued.
- A maximum of one hunting license per Group can be purchased per hunter per hunting season (one for Group (1) - Big Game, one for Group (2) - Medium Game and one for Group (3) - Small Game).
- All animals are subject to quota availability.
- Permits must be issued prior to the hunt commencing.
- A separate permit must be issued for each individual hunting client.
- Trophy fee for wounded game that is not recovered is double the standard trophy fee for that species.
- Clients are expected to abide by all Wildlife Hunting Regulations in Cameroon.
Hunting Licenses are divided into 3 distinct Groups, which are as follow:
Group (1) - Big Game
The hunting license under Group (1) allows you to harvest two different species listed under Group (1) and four different species listed under Group (3).
Here below are the species listed under Group (1)
Buffalo West African Savannah
Eland Giant/Lord Derby
Roan Antelope Western
Lion (this species does not count towards Group (1) or any other group as it requires it's own special permit where Lion hunting is permitted in Cameroon)
Group (2) - Medium Game
The hunting license under Group (2) allows you to harvest four different species listed under Group (2) and four different species listed under Group (3).
Here below are the species listed under Group (2)
Hog Giant Forest
Hog Red River
Group (3) - Small Game (Mammals or Birds)
Group (3) is subdivided into two hunting licenses, one for birds and one for small mammals. Either of these two hunting licenses under Group (3) allow you to harvest all of the different species listed under that subdivided Group (3).
Here below are the species listed under Group (3)
Duiker White Bellied
Pygmy Antelope Bates
Reedbuck Bohor Nigerian
CITIES Permits & U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The importation of some individual sport hunted trophies requires a CITES permit (i.e. African Elephant, White Rhinoceros and Leopard to name a few), you will need to submit an application to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service if you are planning to import any of the species on their list. You can download the CITIES permit application forms by clicking here. CITES stands for Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, visit their web site at www.cites.org.
The Ultimate Safari Planning Guide
Click here to visit the Africa Hunting Ultimate Safari Planning Guide, or click the direct links below to visit the individual articles in this section with many useful resources to help you plan and prepare for your African hunting safari:
- Hunting Safari Preparation Timeline
- Safari Planning Resource Guide
- Travel, Medical & Evacuation Insurance
- What You Need to Know About Packing
- Clothing & Footwear List
- Personal Items & Toiletries List
- Hunting Gear List for Rifle Hunters
- Hunting Gear List for Bow Hunters
- Travel Documents & Money
- Tipping Guide
Camouflage clothing is allowed in Cameroon during the actual hunt. I would advise that it only be worn during the hunt and not in town or for travel.
How to Get There
A majority of international hunting clients will fly from their country of origin into Cameroon on a major international airline via Paris which offers direct flights to Douala International Airport or Yaounde International Airport.
Travel Agent Specializing in Hunting Clientele
You may wish to consider using a travel agent that specializes in hunting worldwide or in Africa as they may be familiar with these routes and used to working with these airlines. Specialty travel agents can often get better deals than you can find on major websites or through regular travel agents. I highly recommend Travel Express, hunting travel specialists, they are the company that I personally use. Lori Ginn can help you, she is very knowledgeable and a hunter herself. She can assist you with all aspects of your hunting travel planning from airfare, lodging and car rentals to entry visa's, firearm permits, etc... Click here to visit Travel Express website www.travelexpressagency.com.
International Airport in Cameroon
- City: Douala - city on the coast, located 200 km West of Yaounde capital of Cameroon
Douala International Airport
Airport Code DLA
Located 6 miles (10 km) outside the city of Douala
- City: Yaounde - capital of Cameroon
Yaounde International Airport
Airport Code YAO
Located 12 miles (19 km) outside the city of Yaounde
Major Airlines Flying into Cameroon
Swiss International Air Lines
Click here to view the Africa Hunting travel information section, or the direct links below, with many useful articles and resources to help you plan your travel for your African hunting safari, including:
- Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons
- Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons
- Airports & Airlines
- Value Added Tax (VAT) Refunds
- Embassies & Consulates
Visa & Travel Documents
All foreigners must be in possession of a passport that will remain valid for at least six months after the intended date of departure from Cameroon as well as a round trip airline ticket.
Temporary entry visas for Cameroon are required by visitors from almost all countries. As the list changes from time to time, it is important to verify if you need to obtain a visa based upon your country of citizenship. Entry visas must be obtained prior to arrival in the country. This should be done well in advance as it can take some time to complete the process which may require sending your passport to their Embassy or Consulate. Entry visa rules can change from time to time, it is important to verify the current regulations before obtaining a visa.
To find out if you need to apply for a Visa in advance, a great resource with free information is Travel Document System (TDS) at www.traveldocs.com. If you are in need of a visa, Travel Document System is nationally recognized as a leading authority in the field of international Travel Documents. Travelers are quite often not sure of the specific requirements or documentation required to enter into a foreign country. TDS helps international travelers easily understand what is specifically required of them in order to gain passage into another country and provides visa services for U.S. citizens to most countries for which an entry visa is required www.traveldocs.com.
Traveler's Health & ImmunizationsA valid yellow fever inoculation certificate or International Health Certificate including yellow fever proof of vaccination is required upon arrival from all countries to enter Cameroon.
To obtain your hunting license, it is mandatory to get a health certificate from your doctor stating that you are physically fit enough to participate in a big game hunting safari.
CDC recommends that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. Find a travel medicine clinic near you by clicking here. If you have a medical condition, you should also share your travel plans with any doctors you are currently seeing for other medical reasons.
Recommended Vaccinations Include:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal Meningitis
- Routine vaccination if you are not up-to-date including Influenza, Polio, MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) and DPT (diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus)
Malaria prophylactics medication is highly recommended and should be considered as mandatory, however we suggest that you visit the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for their recommendations for travel in Cameroon as mosquitoes in this country are resistant to some antimalarial drugs.
The CDC is most credible online resource for up to date health information. Click here to visit the section dedicated to Traveler's Health specific to Cameroon. Information about vaccinations, diseases, prevention, tips and much more can be found here.
Malaria Map of Cameroon
Click here to enlarge Cameroon malaria map.
Malaria Maps of Africa
Click here for Africa malaria maps, distribution model, endemic / epidemic risk areas, duration of malaria transmission season and duration of malaria transmission season.
Emergency Evacuation and Field Rescue Membership
No matter if it's your first or fifth time hunting in Africa, unavoidable accidents do happen. Whether a medical or security emergency, an evacuation from a remote part of Cameroon could cost well over $100,000. I strongly recommend that anyone traveling to Cameroon purchase a membership with Global Rescue, the only crisis response company that provides hunters with medical and security evacuation and consultation services anywhere in the world, even the most remote areas. Their deployable teams of paramedics and special operations veterans, backed by on-staff physicians and the specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine, will get to you wherever you are, by any means necessary, and evacuate you all the way to your home country hospital of choice.
Member benefits include:
- 24hr medical advisory services from critical care paramedics and in-house physicians
- Specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine available in real-time
- Field Rescue from the point of illness or injury
- Evacuation back to the member's home hospital of choice
- Global network of medical Centers Of Excellence
- Deployable medical and security teams
- Evacuation services provided up to $500,000
Memberships start at $119
If you would like to purchase a membership or have additional questions, Global Rescue can be reached anytime at +1 (617) 459-4200, or via www.globalrescue.com, click here.
Travel Advisory from The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
What you should know before you go. You may obtain international travel information by country, warnings for travelers about crime and public announcements about travel abroad in addition to so much other valuable information http://travel.state.gov.
Embassies & Consulates
Cameroon Embassy in the USA www.ambacam-usa.org
Click here for a complete searchable database of all embassies and consulates from every country in the world including Mozambique.
Services for Hunting in Cameroon
- Hunting Outfitters in Cameroon
- Bowhunting Outfitters in Cameroon
- Hunting Consultants for Cameroon
- Taxidermists in Cameroon, Dip & Pack
- Trophy Shipping Agents in Cameroon
- Air Charters in Cameroon
- Excursion & Tour Operators in Cameroon
- Lodges, Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts in Cameroon
- Shopping & Restaurants in Cameroon
Bird Hunting Season in Cameroon
From December 1st to July 31st, a hunter will need to request from his hunting outfitter a Group (3) - Small Game or Birds hunting license. This Bird hunting license under Group (3) allows you to harvest all of the different huntable species of birds listed under Group (3). This list is not yet available and quotas per bird species should be discussed with your hunting outfitter.
Bird hunting fees vary from hunting outfitter and by species.
Click here to visit AfricaHunting.com complete list of bird species available to hunt in Cameroon.
Tourism in Cameroon
The Cameroon has no Official Government Tourism web site a good place to explore what options are available for travel outside of your hunting safari. Your hunting safari outfitter may also offer short excursions up to extensive touring through their company as well. You can find Excursion & Tour Operators for Cameroon in our Africa Hunting Directory by clicking here.
General Information about Cameroon
- Republic of Cameroon (Republique du Cameroun)
- Population 18,000,000
- Capital City Yaounde (1,500,000)
- Languages French (official), English (official) and numerous tribal dialects.
- Official Currency Central African CFA Franc (XAF). Denominations in 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500 and 100 CFA Francs bank notes. To view images of these banknotes, click here.
- Electricity, the Cameroon standard is 220/240 volts, two-pin 15 amp outlets. Most lodges/camps have generator(s) to power the electricity through rechargeable batteries therefore it is recommended to bring a small power inverter that plugs into a cigarette lighter to invert 12V DC Power to 110V AC for recharging in the hunting vehicle. Generator(s) in most camps are only run during the morning and evening hours and sometimes can be run at other times by special request. Be sure to check with your hunting outfitter in Cameroon what they are using. Click here for more info.
- Country Dialing Code 237
Click here for more information about Cameroon from the CIA World Factbook which supplies a multitude of facts about Cameroon.
Official Government Web SiteOf The Republic Of Cameroon - Presidence De La Republique Du Cameroun