Douala (Cameroon)

One of the largest ports in Africa

In the southwestern part of Cameroon, in the Gulf of Guinea, Douala stretches over two tributaries of the Wouri River. This port town is the economic capital and the main business centre of the country. Here, the port is the focus of attention, a gateway to landlocked countries of Central Africa such as the Central African Republic or the Republic of Chad.

Watch the constant comings and goings of containers and cargo ships from the banks of the Wouri! In the background, look at the new bridge that connects the two banks, for the delight of the inhabitants. Meet the locals at the centre’s market, you will discover a cosmopolitan population whose smile and kindness are communicative. The sight of fruit, vegetables and seafood will certainly make you hungry.

Take the opportunity to taste a local dish such as a Mitumba, a bread made from manioc, delicious with grilled fish. When visiting, do not miss the former royal palace called La Pagode because of its singular shape with superimposed roofs; it recalls the architecture of Far East temples. Continue to the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. Built on the ruins of Douala’s first church, this beautiful white building with Byzantine style has two twin bell towers. For nature lovers who love wild landscapes, Douala reserve is the ideal place.

In this vast preserved area, mangroves, swamps and rivers contain a unique fauna and flora. The reserve is even home to manatees, a rare and endangered species. The province of Douala is also perfect to go to the beach. Kribi beach will delight you with its golden sand, coconut palms and Cameroonian sunshine. Further away, the beach of Yoyo will charm you with its purity. Here, there’s nothing to do but sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the scenery.

  • COUNTRY: Cameroon
  • LANGUAGE: French and English

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