Garoua is a seasonal port on the Benué River. It serves the northern regions of Cameroon and its traffic is mostly with the neighbouring Nigeria. The port is active only for three/four months a year during the wet season, which ranges from May to August in northern Cameroon. 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, and the build-up of sand over recent years.
The management of the Port of Garoua is the responsibility of the town council.
Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database
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 Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
AIRPORT NAME: GAROUA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
CARRIERS : CAMAIR-CO
Bollore Transport and Logistics is the only key company found in Garoua River Port, with offices in Ngaoundéré.
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Cameroon Port and Waterways Company Contact List
The port operates mainly during the rainy season, from June to October. The traffic is limited to large canoe with outboard engine (Nigeria-Cameroon). Outside the rainy season, when the river is dried, there is limited traffic (September to May).
No container handling equipment available. Port is mostly for break bulk cargo, especially bags.