Write a diary entry as if you are growing up in Cameroon. What might happen in a typical day, and what would you eat and do for fun?
Did you know that Cameroon has the world's most poisonous lake? Discover more fun facts about Cameroon with your kids, and enjoy our printable flags and activities.
Waterfall in the tropical jungle, Cameroon
A little Geography
- Cameroon is located in Central and West Africa, and is triangular in shape.
- Cameroon shares a border with six countries: Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, and Nigeria. It also borders the Atlantic Ocean on the west side, and Lake Chad on the North.
- Mount Cameroon is one of Africa's largest volcanoes, and the highest peak in sub-Saharan western and central Africa rising to 4,040 metres (13,255 ft) above the west coast. The volcano is still active and last erupted in 2012.
- Often referred to as "Africa in miniature", Cameroon hosts roughly 90 per cent of all the ecosystem types found in Africa (it has a coastline, mountains, savanna, desert and a tropical rainforest).
A Little History
- Archaeologists have evidence suggesting humans have inhabited Cameroon for at least 50,000 years. The earliest inhabitants of Cameroon were probably the Baka (Pygmies).
- The first Europeans to arrive were the Portuguese in 1472. The Portuguese explorer Fernão do Pó noticed an abundance of shrimp in the Wouri River and named it Rio dos Camarões (Portuguese for River of Prawns), the phrase from which Cameroon got its name.
- The German colony of Kamerun was established in 1884. It remained German until after World War I when it was split up between Britain and France.
- Cameroon was created in 1961 when French and British Cameroon were merged, and both languages are still spoken.
Some Interesting Facts
- The Republic of Cameroon has a population of 15.5 million.
- The capital city, Yaounde, is in the centre of the country, but the port of Douala is the largest city and home to the international airport.
- The rainforests are one of Africa's most diverse habitats and home to pygmy tribes including the Baka, Bulu, Beti and Bagyeli.
- In 1990, Cameroon became the first African country to enter the quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup, with some wonderful play by the 38 year old Roger Milla.
Cameroon on map of Africa. Printable version here.
- Visitors come to see hippos in Benoue National Park and forest deer called bongos, which have white stripes to help them evade hunters.
- Lake Nyos is considered the most deadly in the world as poisonous gases seep out from the volcano below.
Bongo deer with its white stripes!
The Cameroon Flag
The National flag of Cameroon was adopted in May 1975, after Cameroon became a unitary state. It consists of three vertical strips, coloured green, red and yellow. In the middle of the red strip is a 5-pointed yellow star. The central red stripe represents unity, and the star is often referred to as ‘the star of unity’. The yellow and green colours represent the sun and forest respectively.
Our Cameroon Resources
These Cameroon bookmarks are easy and fun to make - perfect if you're supporting the team in a World Cup perhaps?
Do some research on the Cameroon coat of arms then write about the significance of the different parts. For an extra challenge, try designing your own coat of arms on our second worksheet found below...
Your life might be very different from that of someone in Cameroon, but there may still be similarities too! Use this Venn diagram to find out more about the similarities and differences...
Use this worksheet to compare and contrast your daily life with that of a child growing up in Cameroon. You'll need to do a little research first...
Our colourful facts posters for different countries are perfect for displays and contain 7 key facts, plus a map of the country filled in with the colours of the flag. This one is for Cameroon.
You'll find a map, a flag and plenty of useful facts on this one-page Cameroon factsheet. Perfect for printing and using in scrapbooks, projects and lots more!
Help children learn and remember the location of Cameroon with these location worksheets. The guided worksheet has countries and capitals marked.
We hope you'll enjoy this colouring page featuring the pretty national flower of Cameroon, the Red Stinkwood.
Draw some pictures to do with Cameroon in these picture gallery frames, or cut and stick some photographs from magazines and printouts. Perfect for making a fun display!
Imagine you are visiting Cameroon, and write a postcard to a friend back home telling them all about it! You can use the picture for inspiration.
What do you think you might see in Cameroon? You can draw a picture on this postcard and write a description too...
The colourful flag of Cameroon fills out the shape of the country on this poster - easy to print and perfect for displaying!
Write about what you see on photograph, or try writing a creative story set in Cameroon using this story paper.
Explore the geography, wildlife, climate and everyday lives of the people of Cameroon with the help of our Cameroon Study Pack. This 25-page pack is full of fun and creative activities to help inspire and encourage some research...
This fun printable allows the children to come up with a design for a professional looking 3-fold tourist leaflet for Cameroon.
This fun travel brochure worksheet for Cameroon is great for encouraging some research work, whilst practising literacy skills too. Can the children write an eye-catching travel brochure for Cameroon?
Here's a fun activity for part of your Cameroon studies. Can the kids find 15 words all to do with Cameroon in the word search grid?
This fun climate worksheet is bound to appeal to the kids! Can they describe the climate of Cameroon, then find out what the weather is like there today and present the information on the weather app template provided?
The population of Cameroon is made up of over 250 tribes and ethnic groups, each with its own distinctive dress style, dance style, music etc. Find out a little about some of these and write about them, or draw or stick pictures in the boxes on this worksheet.
Here's a fun, creative activity if you're learning about Cameroon. Can the kids design an eye-catching poster encouraging tourists to visit Cameroon?
Cameroonian cuisine is said to be one of the most diverse in Africa due to its location near the centre of the continent. Find out a bit more about the food that's popular there, and draw a typical meal on the plate.
We've got two pages of geography, history and interesting facts listed as bullet points on this useful printable - the perfect quick introduction to Cameroon!
We've provided the suitcase, now you just need to draw or write everything you would need to take for a week staying in Cameroon!