Yaoundé lies in the south central part of Cameroon and is its capital as well as second largest city with a population of over 2.4 million. It is situated at 750 meters (2,500 feet) above sea level on hill tops amid lush greenery.
Playing second fiddle to coastal city Douala in many ways (it is notably less vibrant), Yaoundé does have things going for it. Its elevation creates a moderate (dare we say bearable) climate, with highs around 27-28 degrees Celsius (81-82 degrees Fahrenheit) in June to September. It also has a notably better infrastructure than some of its counterparts on the continent.
And although the city is not quite oriented towards tourism (no surprises there, this is urban Africa after all), it has some places of interest that can be explored. The huge and colorful Mokolo market offers shoppers both local crafts (souvenirs) and luxury items. The zoo (at Mvog-Betsi) and Mefou National Park have some of the country's wildlife on display. Of course the African street life if fascinating in its own right.
The Etoudi neighbourhood which showcases the presidential palace and grounds around it is another nice place to explore. The National Museum of Yaoundé finally houses cultural and architectural artifacts from throughout the country. [Review by travelindicator]
- Yaoundé is a city in Cameroon's region of Adamaoua. It has a population of 2,440,462, is situated at an altitude of 2379ft and the best airport to fly into is NSI (Nsimalen International, Yaounde)
- The currency used in Cameroon is the CFA Franc BEAC (XAF)
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