Kribi: From seaside town to port city

Kribi is the main seaside town of Cameroon. Located in the Southern region of Cameroon, approximately 160 kilometers south of the city of Douala, the largest city in the country, Kribi is full of magnificent sandy beaches bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.

The seaside is accessible for several km going from Lonji to Campo, a regular walk for inveterate walkers whose only rocks and the impetuosity of the sea oblige them to go back up from time to time on the main historic road of the city. Kribi enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year allowing visitors to be welcomed at any time. Several accommodation places, hotels, hostels and informal huts overlook the beaches, allowing visitors to sunbathe, swim and other water activities.

The Lobé Falls are a major tourist attraction, and are classified as one of the rare falls that flow directly into the ocean. The natural environment is spectacular in the rainy season and offers rich biodiversity with a variety of ecosystems.
The Campo-Ma ‘an National Park is also rich in biodiversity with its tropical forests, mountains and wetlands. The town of Kribi is home to a local indigenous community with a cultural identity in symbiosis with the sea whose rites and traditions offer tourists colorful spectacles such as the enthronement of the Queen of Batanga and the Mayi festival. It is also made up of traditional fishermen practicing deep sea fishing with canoes. The fishing port is an important center of economic activity with its auction sellers a source of curiosity for visitors and buyers. Traditional crafts and local dances participate in the cultural life of Kribi. The culinary specialties are ‘ébanja’ fish flavored with lemon and stewed, and shrimp.

The initial population of Kribi made up of indigenous people, administrative staff and occasional visitors has experienced rapid growth over the past ten years with the migratory flows generated by the disturbances within the north-west and south-west regions of the Cameroon. With the arrival of the deep water port of Kribi, this growth was accentuated with the establishment of all new port activities and the associated economic development. Today Kribi is seeking the benefits of its seaside and port assets, while retaining its historical cultural imprint and facing environmental issues, notably the biodiversity of its forest, the impacts of change climate on its seaside, the preservation of the preponderance of the ecological and biophilic character of its seaside.

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