Buea (pronounced Boya), colonial capital of the German Kamerun still flourishes with relics of the old colonial master like the former residence of the German colonial governor, Jesko von Puttkamer. Other colonial buildings still standing showcase the glories of the past German colony. Buea is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon and thus offers a magnificent view of the gigantic volcano which is a huge attraction for mountain climbers. It has a population of over 90 000 people, most of whom originate from the indigenous Bakweri tribe.
The Buea climate is mostly humid with extended periods of rainfall. Week-long incessant drizzles are also quite common here. Scenic fogs rolling off the mountain into the town below are usually a pleasant sight during the rainy season.
Buea hosts the first Anglophone university of Cameroon, the University of Buea. Molyko is the university district having over 70% percent of its residents as students. English is the language of communication, even though Cameroonian Pidgin English can be used in shops, in the market and on the streets.
A road network links Buea to the other towns of the country. The gauge plantation railway to Limbe is seldom functional.
This is the largest city of the South West Region, as well as its main economic hub. Kumba has a population of over 144 000 most of whom practice business. Due to its economic nature, it attracts many foreigners, particularly the Igbo people from Nigeria.
It has a fairly developed road network and acts as a local road junction within the South West Region. It is linked by road to neighboring Mamfe and Nigeria. It also has the main railway line linking Anglophone Cameroon to Douala. It has food processing, lumber and construction industries obtaining primary supplies from locally grown crops like oil palms, banana, tea, rubber, plantains and cocoa.
Just a few kilometers from the mountainous Buea city, Kumba does not lack volcanic activity. A result of such activities is the large Barombi Mbo Crater Lake, a major attraction.
The people of Kumba speak mostly English. Pidgin English is also frequently used, mainly in the markets, and French is understood by a small margin of the population.
Limbe is located on a beautiful bay which presents a magnificent view of Mount Cameroon. Its black sand Atlantic beaches are popular among visitors of the town. Several other structures and facilities make this coastal town a great interest to visitors.
The town was founded by a London Baptist Missionary and named Victoria after the then English Queen. It was later handed over to Germany who left the Bismark tower, still standing today around Limbe. Being a coastal region and lacking in forest, the Limbe Wildlife Center sometimes offers a surprising flair to every visitor. The Limbe botanical gardens are also a sight not to miss.
It is easy to find ferries along the coastline, and fishing boats are also numerous. But the town is linked to the rest of the country through a developed road network and an airport not far from the city center. The country’s main petroleum industry and one of its national stadiums are found here.
As a coastal town, it does not lack a wonderful nightlife, especially around the private beaches. Numerous hotels and inns can be found throughout the city, some of them presenting scenic views of the Atlantic and of Mount Cameroon.
Limbe is an Anglophone town, although some locals would understand French. Pidgin English is also used in daily communication.