Limbé

Limbe

Limbé: The Atlantic coast view

TotalEnergies AFCON, Cameroon 2021 Group F teams and their supporters will have a breathtaking view of Mount Cameroon and the sea, and will touch the temperature difference in these two neighboring English-speaking towns of Limbé and Buea which welcome them.

Limbe lies at the foot of Mount Cameroon (4100m), the second highest peak in Africa and a still active volcano. Teams of group F (Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania and Gambia) will be based in the two main towns of the English-speaking region, in the South-West of Buea, the regional capital and Limbé the capital of of Fako department. This is a unique case in Cameroon where a regional capital (Buea in the southwest) is not also the capital of its department. The contrast between the two towns, barely 30 km apart, is also striking from a climatic point of view. It is very hot in Limbé, located by the sea, and it is quite cold in Buea perched high (1020m).

Buea was the first Cameroonian capital chosen by the Germans (1901-1914) and then the British (1949-1961). It is said that it was the cooler climate of Buea, compared to the tropical heat of Limbe and Douala that made German Governor Jesko von Puttkamer decide to establish the capital there. The imposing Governor Palace that he erected is still today the pride and the attraction of a city which is mainly residential whose restful calm is disturbed only by the eruptions of Mount Cameroon at rare moments, the last time in 1999. Thrill seekers who stay there often descend the hill to find the warm evenings’ atmosphere of the barbecues and discotheques of Limbé.

Formerly called Victoria, Limbé is a coastal city located on the southern slope of Mount Cameroon while wetting generously in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It is also an industrial city, headquarters of the National Petroleum Refining Company (Sonara) and the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), a public enterprise which is the country's largest employer after the state; a huge agro-industrial complex, some of which are palm and rubber plantations inherited from colonial times.

The people of Limbé like to present it as "the city of friendship". It is therefore with joy that they will welcome TotalEnergies AFCON, Cameroon 2021 visitors, who will especially discover a brilliantly clean city. If the black sand beaches of Limbé are not more attractive than that, the city and its surroundings have something to charm their visitors. The must is undoubtedly a walk in the botanical garden, created in 1892 by the Germans for studies on certain species of plants such as quinine, coffee and cocoa, and which is today a magnificent natural park. More recently created in 1993, the Limbe Wildlife Center is home to 15 species of primates (gorillas and monkeys) and a huge community of birds and reptiles. The fish and seafood market also awaits with a tasting right on the water.

Korup National Park spread over an area of ​​126,000 ha and sharing a 15 km border with Cross River Park in Nigeria, is one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. A wildlife haven, Korup is home to land and water turtles, nearly 100 species of fish and reptiles, more than 400 species of birds and butterflies.

Limbé is also the remains of the slave trading post of Bimbia, the small port of Idenau.

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