Yaoundé is the capital of Cameroon and after Douala, is the second largest city in the country. It is located in the south central part of the country on an elevation of about 750 meters above sea level and has about 1,5 million inhabitants. Yaoundé was founded in 1888 by German traders and nowadays is real African city with the usual hustle and bustle, local colourful markets but also some high rise buildings. Although it is home to the Presidential Palace and is the administrative heart of the country, Douala remains more important economically, partly thanks to its major role as the country's important port city. It has good facilities for travellers and some interesting sights and is only about 3 hours away from Douala, but the climate is better here.
Yaounde average around 28 degrees Celsius during the day, 18 at night, with just a few degrees difference between the warmest and coldest month. There are two wet seasons: one from March to June and a second shorter but heavier one in September and October. Only December and January are fairly dry with almost no rain.
Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport (NSI) has connections to Brussels, Casablanca, Nairobi, Paris and Zürich.
Yaoundé has flights to and from Garoua, Maroua, Ngaoundéré and Douala and flights are with Cameroon Airlines or National Airways Cameroon.
Cameroon Railways (CAMRAIL) is the national service provider. There are trains between Yaoundé and Ngaoundéré in the north and between Yaoundé and the coastal city of Douala. Travelling to the north is best done by train which is more comfortable than buses. However, buses are faster on the Yaoundé - Douala route.
Buses and minibuses offer connections between Yaoundé and Douala and to many other smaller cities and towns up north.
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