Limbé, Fako division, Southwest, Cameroon

Toponymy | History | Language | Tourist Industry | Transport | Commerce | Economy | Sport | Culture

🇨🇲 Limbé (known as Victoria from 1858 to 1982) is a seaside city in the South-West Region of Cameroon.


Toponymy The city name Limbe is generally held to originate from a mispronunciation of the name of a German engineer called Limburgh. Oral narratives hold that this engineer is responsible for constructing a bridge across one of the rivers in the city. Over a period of time, this river came to be associated with this engineer. In 1982, a presidential decree signed by president Ahmadou Babatoura Ahidjo, a changed the city name from Victoria to Limbe.


History Initially Victoria and its vicinity was not part of the new German colony Kamerun and remained under British administration. On May 7, 1886 Great Britain and Germany agreed to exchange Victoria and its vicinity for German rights at the Forcados River in Nigeria and St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. On March 28, 1887 Victoria and its vicinity were handed over to the German administration. At the same time Swiss Presbyterian missionaries bought the land from the Baptist Missionary Society in 1887.

Victoria became British again in 1915, becoming part of British Cameroon. In 1982 Victoria was renamed "Limbe" by Ahmadou Ahidjo.

Limbe was recently acknowledged by the Cameroonian government for its role played in the trade of slaves. The current site (Bimbia) is being restored for tourists, who would like to understand how slaves made their way from far distances to the coastal city.


Language The Southwest Province's official language is English, although French is spoken due to the city's geographic proximity to Douala, where the official language is French. Most of the population speaks English and Cameroonian Pidgin English. The native language of the region is Bakweri and a smaller group from Wovia and Bimbia speak Bimbia or Isubu.


Tourist Industry Limbe is located on a bay against the backdrop of a major mountain range. Black sand beaches make Limbe one of two coastal towns (Kribi being the other) that are popular among Western tourists. Attractions include the Limbe Wildlife Centre and Limbe Botanical Gardens also the Bimbia slave trade route. The Germans left a Bismarck tower in the vicinity of Limbe. It is the home to the Bakweri people.


Transport Limbe was served by a terminal station of a 600 mm (1 ft 11+5⁄8 in) gauge plantation railway from Soppo, near Buea, of the West African Planting Society Victoria. It is linked by the National Highway 3 (N3) to Yaoundé (via Tiko, Douala and Edea) and Idenau.

Limbe is also home to a small port which offers ferry services to Calabar, Bakassi and Douala. There were plans to upgrade it to a fully equipped commercial deep sea port with the creation of the Limbe Port authority, but several delays and the ongoing Anglophone Crisis have kept the project in uncertainty (have stalled the project indefinitely).

Limbe once had an airport, the Victoria Airport, which has long gone extinct due to neglect (after unification with Cameroon) and later urbanisation in the area.


Commerce Limbe is the centre of Cameroon's oil industry. Other important industries are fishery and tourism. The Port of Limbe is one of four commercial ports in Cameroon.


Economy In 2008, Limbe became the site of a cement works. The city is also host to the head office (located at Bota, Limbe) of one of Cameroon's largest companies known as the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC). The head office is at Bota, Limbe. Limbe has the only oil refinery company SONARA. Bundes Construction is also the largest civil engineering company. Limbe also has a non-operational natural sea port. Limbe, along with the rest of Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Chad, rely on all import / export activities through the port of Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon. Limbe, which is a viable tourist destination in Cameroon, has a number of tourist attractions such as the Limbe Wildlife Center, the Limbe Botanic Garden, and an extensive and almost unique dark sand public and private beaches. There are several small inns and motels, including the LK Hotel, Musango Beach Hotel, Atlantic Beach, Guest House, Park and Mirama, Trinity, Savoy Palms, and First International Inn (Fini). These accommodate both business and tourist guests. Amongst these, the LK Hotel is situated above a view (mile 4) of the Atlantic Ocean, a vantage point from which to view the sunsets that envelop the Atlantic Ocean, mount Cameroon and the Malabo Islands.[tone]


Sport Limbe is a sport loving city especially football which is the most loved and supported sport discipline in the nation. The city is home to a number of football clubs such as Njala Quan Sports academy (NQSA) founded by Mr Henry Njala quan, Victoria United (Commonly known as OPOPO), and Best Stars Academy just to name a few. The construction of the Limbe Stadium in Limbe is planned, financed by the state-owned Chinese company, the Exim Bank of China.


Culture Limbe City Council organizes an annual Festival of Arts and Culture. This event is popularly known as Limbe FESTAC and has been taking place annually since 2014. Activities during this event includes: a caravan to launch the event, fashion parade, election of Miss FESTAC, exhibition, canoe race, traditional dances, display of traditional dishes, etc. It attracts visitors from all corners of the country and even from abroad. Culture from Cameroon as well as neighboring African countries are displayed.

Douala Time 

Limbé has a population of over 84,223 people. Limbé also forms the centre of the wider Fako Division which has a population of over 466,412 people.

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Antipodal to Limbé is: -170.783,-4.017

Locations Near: Limbé 9.21667,4.01667

🇲🇼 Limbe 9.194,4.016 d: 2.5  

🇨🇲 Buea 9.231,4.155 d: 15.5  

🇨🇲 Douala 9.7,4.05 d: 53.7  

🇬🇶 Malabo 8.774,3.753 d: 57.2  

🇨🇲 Kumbo 9.45,4.633 d: 73.3  

🇨🇲 Kumba 9.45,4.633 d: 73.3  

🇨🇲 Nkongsamba 9.933,4.95 d: 130.7  

🇨🇲 Kribi 9.91,2.935 d: 142.8  

🇳🇬 Calabar 8.333,4.967 d: 144  

🇨🇲 Dschang 10.067,5.45 d: 185.1  

Antipodal to: Limbé -170.783,-4.017

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