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[Africa Travel] Cameroon: Douala

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Douala is the largest city in Cameroon. The capital of Cameroon is Yaoundé, but Douala is a city with even greater economic development. Douala has prospered as a center of commerce and trade, strongly influenced by the colonial era of Western countries, and has permeated European culture. Douala is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, with its cathedral, royal palace and even markets.

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Location

Douala is a city located in the western part of Cameroon.

History

Douala was an unnamed land until ancient times. Portugal has settled in this area. In 1472 Portugal built the city and made it the hub of the slave trade. As a result, Douala became an important trading hub, trade with Europe flourished, and economic development progressed. The land was occupied by Germany in 1884, but became French after World War I and became independent after World War II.

Climate

Douala belongs to the tropical monsoon climate. Temperatures range from 20 ° C to 36 ° C throughout the year.

Language

In Cameroon, the official languages are English and French. Many people use French near Douala. Others use the language of indigenous peoples.

Security

The economic situation in Douala has deteriorated in recent years, and crime is increasing. Avoid walking on low-traffic streets and never go out at night.

Race

Cameroon has many Bantu peoples. Others are inhabited by the Dii and Fula people.

industry

Douala is Cameroon’s largest economic city. Trade has been very active since ancient times, and it hasn’t changed even now.

religion

Christians make up 40% of Cameroon. Others are Muslims and Baha’is.

currency

CFA francs are used in Cameroon.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul

It is the largest Catholic church in Douala. Built in 1936, it features white painted exterior walls and a black roof. The interior is very beautiful with pure white pillars.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Doual’Art

It is a tourist spot where you can enjoy the art of Cameroon. You can see many works created by African artists. There is also a cafe on site.

Sightseeing spot 3 : La Nouvelle Liberté

There is a huge statue. It is made by collecting metal parts and decides the pose of standing on one leg. It has become a popular shooting spot for tourists.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Marche des Fleurs

A market lined with flower shops. Flowers of different colors are lined up in a row, and folk crafts unique to Africa are also on sale. Many people buy flowers as souvenirs.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Palais du Rois Bell

The Bell Royal Palace was built at the end of the 19th century as the Royal Palace of the Bell clan. Currently, it is open as a fashionable cafe restaurant. It is a popular place for tourists.

Sightseeing spot 6 : Musee Maritime de Douala

Douala Maritime Museum. A place to learn about the history of the sea in Cameroon. The building is beautiful and the view from the terrace on the top floor is beautiful.

Hotel

Douala has plenty of accommodation. Douala International Airport is nearby. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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