Limbe is located on a beautiful bay against the backdrop of a major mountain range. Cameroon is world famous for its tea and agriculture production, and Limbe is the centre of its oil industry.
Formerly known as Victoria, Limbe is on the southwest coast of the Republic of Cameroon between West and Central Africa. Victoria was founded by Alfred Saker (Baptist Missionary Society of London) in 1858 during his missionary work to Cameroon. Colonised by Germany in 1884, and then divided into French and British zones after World War I, Cameroon became a republic in 1972. Limbe got its name from a small river called Limbe, after the German architect called Limburg who constructed the bridge at the entrance to the town. In 1983, a presidential decree changed the name of the town from Victoria to Limbe.
Official languages for its people are French and English, although Cameroonian Pidgin English and Bakweri are commonly spoken. Limbe city has many industries like textile, chemicals, food processing and petroleum. The main exports of the city include coffee, cacao, tobacco, rubber, palm oil, cotton, sugar. This city of Cameroon serves as the centre of the oil industry of Cameroon. Limbe port is one of the most important commercial ports of the country.
Situated on a bay, Limbe is known for its beaches, some sandy, some rocky. The sand beaches, some of which are quite dark from past lava flows of Mount Cameroon, attract a number of tourists during the peak season. From the beach you see towering volcanic mountains covered with mist and magnificent vegetation, which included palms and various other tropical trees. Other attractions of the city include the Limbe Wildlife Centre and the Limbe Botanical Gardens.
Visitors to Limbe tend to be travellers, not vacationers, as its appeal lies in the basic ways of local life and its environs and not in the absent five-star resorts.
GOING ASHORE IN LIMBE
The ship is scheduled to anchor in the harbour of Limbe Port. A very limited number of taxis may be available at the port. It is recommended to establish the fare with the driver before leaving the pier.
Best buys are traditional handicrafts including pottery, baskets and woven articles. Main shopping areas are found in the town centre. Most shops close for lunch between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The local currency is the Central African franc (XAF).
Limbe specialties include Eru (a vegetable pronounced ‘arrow’) made with palm oil and water fufu made from cassava (yucca). Fish from the local market in addition to the fruits and vegetables from the surrounding plantations make up the staples of the residents’ diet.
The main sights are covered on the organised excursion. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Shore Concierge on board, but are subject to availability of suitable vehicles and guides.