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  • Douala
  • General information

    Official language: French, English
    Time zone: UTC +1
    Currency: CFA franc (XAF)

  • Fancy-style

    The La Fourchette restaurant offers gourmet cuisine. The menu includes grilled zebu fillet, ravioli with goat cheese and stuffed crab. 

  • From Africa to the world!

    Douala is the most important and the largest port of the Gulf of Guinea. From there, the main export goods of Cameroon are exported, i.e. cocoa and coffee. 

  • Dangerous peak

    Fako, or Cameroon, is the highest peak of Cameroon. It raises 4095 m above sea level and it is also an active volcano whose last eruptions took place in 1999 and 2000.

What’s worth seeing in Douala?

Douala is the largest city of Cameroon located in the south-western part of the country at the mouth of the River Wouri. It is an important communication and trade center of the country. Due to the developed infrastructure and a good standard of living, many emigrants from Europe and the USA live there.

The first settlements in the area of today's city were founded by representatives of the Douala ethnic group before the arrival of European colonizers. In the 15th century, the Portuguese explorers reached the coast of Cameroon, who were driven by the Spaniards and those by the Germans. Under German rule, the city began to develop dynamically as a shopping and political center. During World War I, a fierce battle was fought for Douala. By virtue of the agreements, Cameroon became a territory dependent on France, and in 1960 it gained independence.

To get to know Douala, it's best to go to Marché des Fleurs, which is a huge market where you can find a lot of great handicrafts from Cameroon. There are carved masks, handmade baskets, as well as traditional jewelry, clothes, and tablecloths. It is also worth seeing the monumental cathedral from 1936 and the Manga Bell pagoda. In Musée de Douala, you can see treasures of tribal art, and in the Espace Doual'art gallery examples of African art. In Musée Maritime, you can learn about the city's history as a center of colonial trade and fishing. The Douala-Edéa Nature Reserve is also nearby, making it an ideal place for safari. Lovers of mountain hikes should, however, go to the highest peak of the country, i.e. the mountain of Cameroon.

The cosmopolitan character of the city is also reflected in its kitchen. You can find there a large selection of typical European and Asian dishes. In addition, you can try traditional African dishes such as fufu (in Cameroon also known as couscous). It is a type of cassava cake or grated plane that is eaten with hands while forming balls. Fufu is often served with soup, for example from peanuts. Must try is also ndolé, a dish of stewed nuts, ndoleh (bitter leaves from West Africa) and fish or beef, or shrimps. We recommend restaurants Saga Africa and Le Grilladin.

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