Maroua is from the far Northern Province tucked away within the mountains of River Kaliao. Maroua is among the most populated areas in northern Cameroon yet every much affected by crime and illegal trade. The population in this town includes the Cameroons and a few Nigerians who cross into Cameroon to trade occasionally.
It is also one of the greatest tourist destinations in Cameroon attracting tourists from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and beyond. Travelling in town during late hours is cautioned since there are thieves and robbers around town especially on Maroua Kisseri Highway.
It’s a good starting point for exploring the nearby Mandara Mountains and Parc National de Waza, or to catch your breath if you’re tackling the nearby borders with Chad and Nigeria.
Trekking in the spectacular landscapes of the Mandara Mountains west of Maroua is one of Cameroon's best and most popular attractions, especially for the more adventurous travellers. The whole region is full of traditional hillside villages of round huts, huge stone formations and wide green valleys.
There are many fascinating villages, including Rhumsiki, with its striking mountain scenery; Djingliya and Koza, set against steep terraced hillsides; Tourou, known for the calabash hats worn by local women; Maga, with its unique domed houses made entirely of clay; and Mora, which has a particularly notable weekly market.
Flights are available three or four times a week with Camaroon Airlines from Yaoundé and Douala International airport, sometimes via Garoua. The airport is 20km south of town along the Garoua road . You can also book tickets for the N’Gaoundéré–Yaoundé train here at the same time. Several other agencies operate along the N’Gaoundéré route,
You can also book tickets for the N’Gaoundéré–Yaoundé train here at the same time. Several other agencies operate along the N’Gaoundéré route,
There are some hotels, guesthouses, Banks,travel agencies and handicraft/arts markets that have gained ground in the area.