Cameroon is a country in Central Africa. Yaoundé is the capital. The country is well known for its native styles of music, particularly makossa and bikutsi, and for its successful national football team. French and English are the official languages.
The country is often referred to as "Africa in miniature" for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. Cuisine varies by region, but a large, one-course, evening meal is common throughout the country. A typical dish is based on cocoyams, maize, cassava (manioc), millet, plantains, potatoes, rice, or yams, often pounded into dough-like fufu.
Waza National Park
Waza National Park is a national park in the Department of Logone-et-Chari, in Far North Region, Cameroon. The park is adjacent to the Chingurmi-Duguma sector of Nigeria's Chad Basin National Park.
Waza achieved national park status in 1968, and became a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1979. The mammal population in the park is one of the largest in central West Africa. The prominent faunal species reported to inhabit the park are: lion, elephant, hyena, hartebeest, roan, Buffon's kob, waterbuck, reed, gazelle and giraffe. The avifauna reported are geese, egrets, ostriches, herons, pelicans, jabirus and ibis.
The park is bounded by the town of Waza to its west, the border with Nigeria, and Chad is only 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away. The seasonally-flooded "Yaéré" floodplain marks the east and north-east, and the Maroua–Kousséri road is to the west.
Cameroonian cuisine is one of the most varied in Africa. Staple foods in Cameroon include cassava, cocoyam, yam, rice, plantain, potato, maize, beans, and millet, and Ndole, Achu.
Among Cameroonian specialties are brochettes, known locally as soya (a kind of barbecued kebab made from either chicken, beef, or goat).
Sangah (a mixture of maize, cassava leaf and palmnut juice) and ndolé (a spicy stew containing bitterleaf greens, meat, shrimp, pork rind, and peanut paste).
Curries, soups and fish dishes abound, as well as meats on skewers. Insects are eaten in some parts of the country (particularly the forested regions).
Yaoundé is the capital of Cameroon. It is the second largest city in the country after the port city Douala. The city centre houses government offices, some hotels, and the central market.
The Bastos district, with most homes owned by Cameroonians, is home to foreign embassies and the expatriate European community (drawn mainly from the diplomatic corps). The presidential palace and compound is in the Etoudi district.
There is a small zoo in the Mvog-Betsi neighbourhood. Yaoundé has a small assortment of nightclubs and restaurants. There are numerous markets in the city, ranging from small street-side markets to the large Mfoundi and Mokolo market. The Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apôtres built on the site of the first missionary church in Cameroon.