To get to Kribi, you have to take the national road N3 from Douala or Yaoundé then, once in Edéa, head south and drive about a hundred kilometers. The way is paved, and it takes barely an hour and a half before seeing the striking spectacle offered by this coastal edge: a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Between its tens of kilometers of fine sandy beach, its navigable waterways and this place – unique in the world – where the Lobé river flows into the sea, the locality of Kribi has no shortage of assets. To the “exotic” pygmy camps in the surrounding forest have long since been added hotels and restaurants, which have contributed to making this destination an essential place of resort.
Eto’o, Noah, Osih…
Paul Biya could not resist the lure of the city. The Head of State, renowned for the rarity of his trips within his own country, made his last unofficial stay there, outside his village of Mvomeka’a. It was in 2011, a few days before the proclamation of the results of the presidential election. Accompanied by his wife Chantal, he had spent a few days of vacation there in the presidential residence. A sumptuous residence, built by his predecessor Ahmadou Ahidjo and located on the edge of Ngoye beach.
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In a few years, the city has been transformed. A change attributable to the many economic infrastructures that have been built there: pipeline, gas plant, cement works, highways, deep-water port… But also to the fortunes of the country and the diaspora who have invaded the place to offer themselves residences. secondary. Kribi is the new favorite destination of the Cameroonian wealthy.
To the houses of Samuel Eto’o and Yannick Noah were added the properties of the former Cameroonian football international and consultant of Canal+, Patrick Mboma. Ketty Sina, former “Clodette”, owns a building there, located not far from the residence of Véronique Moampea, director general of the National Company of Petroleum Depots (SCDP). Opposition MP and businessman Joshua Osih owns a hotel. As for the former Minister of Defense, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, accused of embezzlement and money laundering by the Special Criminal Court (TCS), he had acquired a vast property there when he was the prefect of the department of the ocean.
There are also these hotels whose standing continues to increase, as well as the many guest houses that swarm through the city. For the latter, the visitor can pay up to 1,000 dollars per night and thus have the right to a bar, a private swimming pool or even a jacuzzi…
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In a country where the travel of members of the government abroad depends on the goodwill of the Presidency of the Republic, Kribi is the ideal alternative for senior civil servants in search of vacation. The marina, where it was possible to see Minister Grégoire Owona or the president’s daughter, Brenda Biya, taking a yacht trip certainly had to close its doors during the pandemic. But new establishments have been able to take advantage of the post-Covid-19 rebound and have opened their doors, like Java, the latest club in the city.
With the housing boom, however, came land issues. The local populations are more and more numerous to complain of having been despoiled of their land. According to the mayor of Kribi, Guy Emmanuel Sabikanda, “95% of land titles in the city were based on false declarations”. “We are preparing a collective to question all this and remedy this situation,” he told AFP. Young Africa.
A must-see since the English-speaking crisis affected tourism in Limbé, the country’s other seaside town located in the South West region, Kribi has become an essential stopover for the “strong men” of Cameroon, where the weather is good. be vu.