Presentation of the city of Limbé

Limbe, the “Town of Friendship and Opportunities ” is a seaside City in the South West Region of Cameroon that was founded over 160 years ago by a British Missionary Alfred Saker who named it Victoria in 1858. In 1982, a Presidential Decree changed the name of the City after River Limbe.

The BAKWERI, ISUBU and WOVIA tribes constitute the indigenes of Limbe. However over the years the city has emerged into a metropolis consisting of various ethnicities of Cameroon and neighboring countries living together in peace and unity.

The City of Limbe consist of Nineteen Chiefdoms and a Paramount Chief (1st Class) to animate the historic and cultural heritage of their people.

Limbe is the administrative head quarter of Fako Division in the South West Region with an estimated population of about 200,000 inhabitants.

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Master plan Limbe

Geographical Location

The City of Limbe is located at the Ambas Bay, the spot where Mount Cameroon (the tallest peak in West Africa) meets with the Atlantic Ocean endowed with hills, mangroves, tropical forest, island (Ambas Island, Mondoli Island) and caves.

The climate of Limbe is warm and temperate. The average temperature is equatorial dominated with temperatures of more than 40o C at the peak of the dry season, while the annual relative humidity is above 82.5% with an average rainfall of about 600mm annually.

The geographical coordinates of Limbe in degrees, minutes and seconds (WGS84) are Latitude 4o 01’ 27.12” N and Longitude 9o 13’13” E. The altitude with respect to sea level is 69m.

Limbe covers a surface area of 549 square kilometers with a coastline of 45km stretching from Batoke in the West; the Creek of Mboko in the East; to the North it is limited by Buea and to the South the Atlantic Ocean.

The coastline is dominated with volcanic rocks that stretches form Man O’ War Bay to Debunscha (the wettest spot in Africa) and constitutes mainly of beaches shiny black sand. On the other hand the Bimbia-Bonadikombo forest harbours several species of fauna and forest.

The topography of Limbe is characterized by a low lying coastal plain, rising to a chain of horseshoe shaped hills with slopes of varying intensities with the highest points reaching 500m above sea level (Njube, 2006) with its major elevation in Bonadikombo (Mile IV).

Demographic Presentation

The City of Limbe has known an exponential growth in its demography as a result to several factors such as rural exodus, a safe ground for IDP’s and its suitable geographical location. This growth is evaluated at rate of 5% per annum which is relatively higher than the national growth rate of 2.7%. The estimated population of Limbe is about 200,000 inhabitants, with a population density of about 237 inhabitants per Km2.

The population distribution is rated as follows:

The population growth is projected in the table below thus:

Year 193519531964196719761987199820002005201220192020
Inhabitants3,131 8,02515,91919,525 26,98844,56146,203100,047140,9821140,982160, 654

Source: Population is from ECAM4, 37 Population evolution of Limbe Source: J. Garet (1967), Motor colombus (1985), SchémaDirecteurd’Aménagement de la Ville de LIMBE, National Census on population and Housing (1976, 1987), MINPAT (2000),BUCREP (2005), Projected data (2012).Graph produced by LCC.

From the interpolation of the national demography, the population distribution of Limbe is as follows:

0 -1460,00030%24,00036,000
75+ +5,0002.5%2,4002,600
TOTAL200,000100%89,550110 450

Economic Potentials of the City of Limbe

The City of Limbe hosts the lone petroleum refinery (National Refining Company-SONARA) in Cameroon as well as the gigantic Agro-industrial Corporation (Cameroon Development Corporation- CDC), the second largest employer after the State.

The economic potentials of Limbe have appreciated following Decree No 2020/249 of 5th May 2020 to reorganise the Limbe Port Authority (PAL) alongside the huge capital investments of the Cameroon Shipping Yard Company (Chantier NAVAL) situated at Cape Limbo.

These developments are attracting other economic investments and services within the municipality as well as pulling the population numbers in search of jobs and hence economic growth.

The 45km stretch of the Limbe coastline characterized by a flat landscape into the Atlantic Ocean, several swamps, equatorial maritime climate, temperatures constantly above 25o C, heavy rain fall and coastal forest presents great potentials for the development of the fishing capacities and culture.

The existing road network and transport sectors (land, sea) are a key advantage for the transportation of goods and movement of persons. Food, cash crops, livestock and other goods from local markets in Limbe are easily transported through trucks, cargoes etc to other cities of Cameroon and some neighboring countries.

Dangote Quarry

Dangote quarry is found in Limbola, Limbe II Sub-Division. This is an arm of Dangote Groups S.A Cameroon. The raw material excavated from this quarry helps in the production of cement.

On the 1st of November 2021, Dangote Cement Cameroon launched a new type of cement on the Cameroonian market called Dangote Falcon. This new production is one of solutions of the price rallying problem. This grade 32.5 cement type is multifunctional and affordable, it can be used for domestic, public infrastructure houses and dams. According to the company, Dangote Falcon is marketed at 4,600 FCFA, but margins can be added for transport depending on the distribution site.

Marion and Paint Services (MPS Cameroon)

Marion and Paint Services (MPS Cameroon) with headquarter in Douala, has a branch in Limbe. This company is involved in the supply of industrial, manufacturing and maintenance as well as repair paint products. It stocks thousands of paint-related products.

Bobdidy Digital Company

Situated along the road leading to Limbe Omnisport Stadium, Limbe II Sub-Division, is a long established family business selling printer ink, cartridges, office accessories, fax cartridges and the fabrication of plastics.

Glocal Gaz Cameroon

Glocal Gaz Cameroon is a subsidiary of Morocan Group Akwa Group. It headquarters is in Ngeme, Limbe II sub Division with depots all over the country.

Glocal gaz Cameroon supplies cooking gaz. It provides a door to door service with a tricycle and truck within 10 minutes, and offers compete sets of 6kg at 19,120 FCFA, 12.5kg at 30,000FCFA, 50kg at 86,000FCFA. Glocal gaz Cameroon is 10 years old and provides employment to many youths in Limbe.

Presprint PLC Limbe

Presprint PLC Limbe is an arm of the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon with headquarter in Down Beach, Limbe I Sub-Division. It is specialized in the printing and publication of reading materials.

It also has sophisticated machines that facilitates production and delivery on time. It constitutes a comfortable ground that can attract tourists for leisure and relaxation. It has a canteen which can accommodate 1000 persons, open to the general public for any kind of event. Many youths in Limbe, in particular and Cameroon in general have gained employment into this company.

Created since 1990, Presprint PLC Limbe Cameroon, is changing the game and reducing frustrations. Linked to the search and purchase of quality.

Samco Paper Company Limited Limbe

Samco Paper Company Ltd was founded in 1992 with head office in Manga Williams Avenue, Limbe I Sub-Division has been an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of high quality paper products. Its shareholding is 100 % Cameroon.

Its main business activities include:
  • Importation of fine papers and exercise books
  • Distribution of these papers to various depots for sale
There is one conversion factory (Sheeting Plant) in Ombe, five sales depots in Yaounde, Douala (Akwa), Douala (Bonaberi), Bamenda and Limbe.

The main market for their goods is the printing and stationery industry in Cameroon. However, other clients purchase from Samco Paper for export to other countries including: Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea etc. they supply the printing industry with materials for printing of magazines, newspapers, invoice booklets and forms.

Samco Paper Company Ltd, also prides on forward –thinking benefits packages, training, work safety and community programs for their employees. They are conscious of the fact that retaining great people is the bedrock of their success.

Touristic Potentials

The City of Limbe possess unique touristic potentials notably the Bimbia Slave Trade Village (in process of been classified as UNESCO world heritage site), the Botanical gardens, the Limbe Wildlife Center with rare species of animals, black sandy beaches and a welcoming culture suitable for tourists.
1Nicole IslandLimbe I
2Mondoli IslandLimbe I
3The port and fish marketLimbe I
4Bota Catholic churchLimbe I
5The Limbe riverLimbe I
6The Botanical gardensLimbe I
7The Zoological gardenLimbe I
8The Down BeachLimbe I
9Alfred Saker MonumentLimbe I
10Sesquicentenary MonumentLimbe I
12Mt.EtindeLimbe II
13The Etisah BeachLimbe II
14The Slave trade site Limbe III
15The Joseph Merrick monumentLimbe III
16The cannonLimbe III
17The Bimbia slave trade villageLimbe III
18The German canonLimbe III
19The Status of Freedom in BimbiaLimbe III
20Mt. EtindeBakingili
21The Etisah BeachBakingili
22The lake NachtigalBakingili
23The lava SiteIdenau
24The Lake NachtigalIdenau
25Bomana WaterfallIdenau
26The light houseIdenau
27Bibunde and Mossingilli bridgeIdenau
28The old English LocomotiveIdenau

Orphanages in Limbe Municipality


Sports Infrastructures in Limbe

1Centenary Stadium2 500Limbe I100 parking space
2Middle farms stadium 1 500Limbe I50 parking space
3Community field Coconut island
4Limbe Omnisport stadium20 000Limbe II4600 parking space
5Limbe omnisport annex stadium1000Limbe II

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