Douala is the biggest city in Cameroon and boasts a variety of things to see and do. From natural wonders like amazing beaches and an active volcano, to cultural gems like local cuisine and artwork, this city is ideal for a vacation. Here are 15 things to do in Douala, Cameroon.
1. Eat At Saga African Restaurant
For real African cuisine with the option of western meals, head to Saga African Restaurant. With an upmarket feel in an amazing setting, you can having anything from ndole (sauce made with leaves and smoked fish) to pizza.
2. Go On Safari At Lobeke National Park
Experience some true African wildlife at Lobeke National Park. Not only does this area have amazing wildlife, but it’s also located in the Congo Basin and acts as a border with Central African Republic and the Republic of the Congo.
3. Meet The People Of Baka Tribe
Meet the people of one of the most indigenous tribes in the world, the Baka tribe. They occupy the southeastern rain forests of Cameroon near Douala, are semi-nomadic and made up of roughly 30,000 individuals.
4. Go View The La Nouvelle Liberte (The New Freedom)
This 12-metre-high monument is a famous landmark in Deido, Douala, which was implemented in 1996. At first it was controversial, as the artist Joseph Francis Sumégné used only metal recovery parts mounted on a frame boiler. It was finally completed in 2007.
5. Enjoy A Pastry At Delices
For freshly baked goods and a delicious cup of coffee — perfect for a morning bite — head to Delices. Not only do they have a large variety of baked goods, but also yummy toasted sandwiches and juices.
6. Swim At Limbe Beach
Just an hour’s drive from the city is this amazing beach. With plenty of space for water activities and a great variety of restaurants, the long drive is well worth the visit.
7. Go For Drinks At Café des Palabres
Located in Bonanjo’s main square inside a colonial German residence that dates back to 1905, this charming cafe serves a light European cuisine. It is the perfect spot for evening drinks as it has a garden terrace and great vibe.
8. Explore Eko Market
Being the largest market in Cameroon, Eko Market sells any and everything. You can stroll in and around this busy market and witness a real part of everyday life for the people of Douala.
9. Shop At Marche des Fleurs
This flower and African crafts market is perfectly located on the way to airport for to pick up some souvenirs and local artworks. With roughly 50 stalls selling various things including some things from the DRC and Gabon, you can find great pieces at excellent prices if you can haggle.
10. Take A Cruise On River Wouri
With stunning views of the Gulf of Guinea, the River Wouri has amazing mangrove swamps alongside its developed areas. The river runs for 160km and is lined with fishing boats used by locals.
11. Hang Out With The Locals At American Graffiti
This pool bar and retro-diner is the place to go drinking if you want to get to know the friendly and cool Doualan youth. The diner serves a selection of delicious burgers and ice cold beers.
12. Stay At Akwa Palace
Located in the heart of Douala, the Akwa Palace is not only a great place to stay, but is also an attraction that many tourists flock to see. The hotel combines the charm of colonial tradition with modern luxury to make for an outstanding experience.
13. Espace Doual’art
Espace Doual’art is an excellent place to witness the city’s growing art scene. Founded in 1991, this contemporary art space is home to a host of temporary exhibitions by artists from Cameroon and the rest of Africa.
14. Climb An Active Volcano
Yes, you can go visit the base of the base of Mount Cameroon and in all its glory, but for those feeling a bit more adventurous, you can go on climbing expeditions to the crater of the volcano. It’s not an easy climb, but well worth the effort if you’re experienced.
15. Méditerranée Restaurant
Craving some pizza? Well, Méditerranée Restaurant has the best wood-fired pizza in town. The restaurant is popular amongst expats who soak in the city’s atmosphere and eat the mixed cuisine menu of Greek, Italian and Lebanese dishes.