NORTH With its three National Parks, Benoue, Boubandjida and Faro, covering a total of 730.000 ha (1,803,830 acres), the region of the North is the area of Cameroon with the highest concentration of the most representative species of African wildlife: be they large mammals, primates, reptiles or birds. These rich resources in wildlife have produced the following forms of tourism: • Observation and photo safari tourism with 600km (375 miles) of trails open all the year round; • Hunting tourism: for big game and fishingin specially adapted areas spread around the National Parks, most of which is conducted by professional hunting guides. The Lagdo Dam and its marvelous Daman reservoir is also one of the main tourist attractions in this area. With its international Airport, Garoua is one of the main gateways to Cameroon, together with Douala and Yaoundé The Division of Mayo Louti MOUNTAINS AND ROCKS The Kola Gorges 5km (3 miles) from the town of Guider, A magnificent canyon formed inside a (60 ft) deep in places and over a kilometer (half a mile) long. The Archeological Marble of Bidzar An expense of land scattered with marble rocks on some of which figurines are engraved dating back to Prehistoric times. LAKE Kala Kafinarou Lake Situated in the Mayo Louti, 120 km (75 miles) from Garoua. Hollow created by the Mayo Louti and Mayo Kebbi. Site of interest to tourists The Division of Benoue LAMIDATS AND VILLAGES The Demsa Lamidat 15km (9.5 miles) from the city of Garoua, in the subdivision of Demsa. Home of the cultural festivities characterized by its Grand Fantasia. These horsemen very often take part in important official, traditional or religious ceremonies. The Garoua Lamidat In the city of Garoua. Rich in traditional colour Toro Village 43km (27 miles) from Garoua in the Lamidat of Demsa The picturesque village of Falis Goutchoumi whose population remain totally impervious to modern civilization. MOUNTAINS AND PEAKS The Tinguelin Mountains 10km (6 miles) from Garoua on the N1 road to Maroua. Picturesque mountains overlooking the city of Garoua. Ideal for walking, hiking and climbing. LAKES AND RIVERS The Banks of the Benoue River In the city of Garoua. Ideal for the creation of a leisure center. OTHER SITES The Pitoa Market In the sub district of Pitoa. Rich in local colour. The Craft Center at Garoua In the city of Garoua. Rich in handicrafts. The Division of Mayo Rey LAMIDATS The Rey Bouba Lamidat In the sub division of Rey Bouba. Traditional and very powerful chiefdom. LAKES The Lagdo Dam In the sub division of Lagdo. Very picturesque construction built with the cooperation of the Chinese. Forms a reservoir on the River Benoue, upstream teeming with fish and downstream inhabitated by a large herd of hippos. RESERVES AND NATIONAL PARKS The Benoue National Park Situated 170km (106 miles) from Garoua on the N1 road to Ngaoundere. Covers an area of 180.000 ha (444,780 acres). Rich in animal species and a Biosphere reserve. The Boubandjida National Park 270km (17 miles) from Garoua in the subdivision of Mayo Rey. Covering 220.000 ha (543,620 acres), very rich in wildlife. The park has hunting areas designated around it. OTHER SITES Traces of Dinosaurs In the Lamidat of Rey Bouba, in the Villages of Manaya 50 dinosaur footprints of grat scientific interest and of interest to tourists have been found. Left by dinosaurs more than 120 million years ago, these prints are widely used in international scientific forums. The Division of Faro RESERVES AND NATIONAL PARKS The Faro National Park 225km (140 miles) from Garoua and 60km (37,5 miles) from Poli 330.000 ha (815,100 acres) rich in animal resources. MOUNTAINS 181km (113 miles) from Garoua. Very picturesque mountain range that forms the backbone of Cameroon. The neighbouring population has remained very primitive.
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