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Travel Guide Africa Cameroon Douala

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Introduction

Douala is located along the coastline of Cameroon and is the largest city in the country. As the most important port city in the country, it handles a lot of international trade. Oil and coffee are major export products.

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Sights and Activities

  • Eko Market, the largest one in Cameroon.
  • Place du Gouvernement
  • La Pagode
  • Doual'art

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Weather

Douala has a typical tropical climate, with hot and humid weather year round. Temperatures are slightly above 30 °C during the day and a sticky 22 °C at night on average. It is extremely wet, like most coastal areas in Cameroon. Here, rainfall is very high throughout the year, with only December to February bringing some relief of the wet conditions. June to September is extremely wet with 500 to 750 mm of rain in each month!

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max32.2 °C32.8 °C32.5 °C32.1 °C31.4 °C29.9 °C28.1 °C27.7 °C29 °C29.8 °C30.9 °C31.7 °C
Avg Min23.4 °C24.1 °C23.9 °C23.5 °C23.2 °C23 °C22.7 °C22.8 °C22.8 °C22.5 °C23.2 °C23.3 °C
Rainfall34.2 mm54.5 mm155.2 mm241.2 mm276.2 mm354.1 mm681.4 mm687.5 mm561.2 mm406.6 mm123.1 mm27.5 mm
Rain Days591518212327302624125

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Getting There

By Plane

International
The Douala International Airport (DLA), located 10 km outside Douala, is the main gateway to the country. It is also the base of the flag carrier, Cameroon Airlines.
Destinations include Paris, Brussels, Cotonou, Tripoli, Abidjan, Libreville, Johannesburg, Lagos, N'Djamena, Malabo, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Lomé, Ouagadougou, Addis Ababa, Kinshasa, Nairobi, Casablanca, Brazzaville, Zurich, Luanda and Bangui.

Domestic
Garoua, Maroua, Ngaoundéré and Yaoundé are all served by Cameroon Airlines. National Airways Cameroon does approximately the same.

By Train

Passenger services are operated by Camrail. There are several daily services from the capital Yaoundé, brand new Intercity trains takes 3:45 h to complete the journey. There's also a slower service from Kumba twice a week.

By Car

There are paved roads from Douala to Yaoundé, Limbé, Buéa, Bafoussam and Bamenda, which are passable by regular 2wd cars.

By Bus

Buses, minibuses and shared taxis link Douala and Yaoundé, with onwards connections north. There are also good connections to some coastal areas like Kribi.

By Boat

There are regular passenger ferries between Douala and both Malabo at Bioko Island as well as Bata at the mainland part of Equatorial Guinea, also called Rio Muni.

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Sleep

Upscale

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Keep Connected

Internet

You can find Internet access all over the place, but the speed might be slow.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Cameroon is 237.
To make an international call from Cameroon, the code is 00.

To make local and international calls you need to buy a pre-paid SIM card. Check if your cell phone has a compatible GSM standard (Africa/Europe) - if not, in addition to a SIM card you probably need to buy a new phone. "MTN" and "Orange" are two major telephone companies in Cameroon.

Post

National post service is considered to be unreliable.

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Accommodation in Douala

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