Garoua is a seasonal port on the Benué River. It served serves the northern regions of Cameroon and its traffic is mostly with the neighboringneighbouring Nigeria. The port is active only for three/four months a year during the wet season, which ranges from May to August in Northern northern Cameroon. The hostilities in Nigeria border following the closure of the borders in the mid 1980s Peninsula of Bakassi disputes, added to the current violence caused by the terrorist group of Boko Haram have heavily penalized the activities of the port of Garoua. As well, the Traffic at the port has decreased significantly due to a range of factors, including insecurity in the surrounding region, the construction of a hydro-power dam at Lagdo , near Garoua which has contributed to the decrease of the volume of the drained water River Benué which supplies Garoua port, consequently, the small traffic by Nigerian wooden boats has sharply decreased. It was also reported that the and the build-up of sand over the last years has left the port virtually abandoned. recent years.
The management of the Port of Garoua is the responsibility of the town council.
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port
Port's Complete Name
|Garoua River Port|
09° 19’ N
13° 21’ E
Nearest Airport and Airlineswith Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
AIRPORT NAME: GAROUA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
LIST OF INTERNATIONAL CARRIERS : CAMAIR-CO
Bollore Transport and Logistics is ther the only key company found in Garoua River Port, with offices in Ngaoundéré.
The port operates mainly during the rainy season, from June to October. The traffic is limited to large canoe with outboard engine (Nigeria-Cameroon).
From June to October
Major Import Campaigns
Outside the rainy season, when the river is dried
, there is limited traffic (September to May).