Despite the 400 km stretch of coastline along the Atlantic, over 240 indigenous tribes, and the opportunity to see wildlife galore in several national parks and reserves, Mount Cameroon remains one of the Republic of Cameroon’s highlights. The breath-taking summit of this isolated mountain was first reached in 1861 by Sir Richard Burton. (Yet, there are sketchy stories of a successor named Joseph Merrick. It is said that the Jamaican Baptist missionary who was posted at Santa Isabel in the 1840s may have reached the top of Mount Cameroon, but there is no concrete evidence to confirm this.) Although Mount Cameroon, which covers an area of almost 1290 km², is recognized internationally for climbing and hiking, other attractions include the annual Mount Cameroon Race of Hope, sponsored by Guinness and hunting. Farming is also noteworthy. Crops include tea, cacao, tea, bananas, rubber, and oil palms which thrive thanks to the fertile soil and rain that is ranked as some of the heaviest of the planet. (On the south side of the mountain annual precipitation clocks in at 10,000 mm.) The Best Time to Visit Mount CameroonThe best months for climbing Mount Cameroon are December, January and February.