Owing to the diversity of its climate and topography, ranging from the southern equatorial rainforest to the vast northern desert, it is a miniature reproduction of the entire African continent, hence the nickname ‘Little Africa’. It ranges from rain forest, forest glades with savannah all the way to open savannah, as well as savannah with bush veld. Cameroon stretches from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean up to Chad in the north and the Central African Republic in the east. About half the size of France, or the same size as the US state of Oklahoma, Cameroon encompasses two distinct ecosystems: the tropical rain forest (jungle) in the south of the country and the savannah in the centre.
The political stability of the country assures Cameroon’s reputation as an ideal destination for hunting. 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). Cameroon is also known for its large variety of antelope, including roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus), western hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus), Buffon’s kob (Kobus kob), Defassa waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa), bohor reedbuck (Redunca redunca), harnessed bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus knutsoni), oribi (Ourebia ourebi) and various varieties of duikers (Cephalophus cephalophus).
West African savannah buffalo (Syncerus cafer nanus savanensis) are found in large numbers, sometimes several hundred strong. Lion are hunted but only by tracking, as is the case in all of West and Central Africa, and not with bait as in East Africa. Elephants are also abundant and hunting them is allowed. Hippos provide yet another exciting 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.