Relation between US Embassy and Cameroon

 General Information

The United States has partnered with Cameroon in several areas since diplomatic relation established in 1960. Yaounde has US Embassy representation in Rosa Parks street Yaounde, Phone: (237) 22220-1500, Fax: (237) 22220-1500. Working hours are Monday to Thursday: 07:30 am to 17:00 pm and Friday: 07:30 am to 12:30 pm but closed on U.S. and Cameroonian holidays.

 

The relationship between the two countries

Relation between United States and Cameroon is to support the commitment of peace corps volunteers in cultural exchange. Moreover, US embassy sponsor individual programs, which has consequently brought young African academics to America. In the same way at the social level, they promote private sector investment in Cameroon by creating jobs for Cameroonians. Additionally, fight infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, build health sector capacity to prevent, detect and respond to pandemics as Ebola or malaria.

To highlight once again the relation between these countries, US Ambassador Peter Henry Barlerin and his wife Inès were on an official visit to Douala on January 26, 2018. This town is the second largest city of Cameroon’s after Yaoundé, the diplomat met the traditional authorities of the Canton. During interviews with them, they mentioned many historical memories including the origin of the name Cameroon, Rios Dos Camaroes (river shrimp). At the end of the visit, Mr. Peter receives the distinction of honorary citizen of the Canton Bell.

 

Military help

United States and Cameroon have military relation because they are fighting against pirates in the Gulf of Guinea. As a matter of fact, they gives their military help to Cameroon to defeat the violent extremism of the Islamic State West Africa Boko Haram. In the same way, they fight against deforestation and responsibly harvest the riches of Cameroon’s wonderful forests.

In conclusion, don’t hesitate if you are or not U.S citizens and want to visit Yaoundé. You can get all information regarding U.S. citizens who are presently in Yaoundé and those who are planning to visit. Consular Section is closed to the public each second and last Wednesday of the month. Applications for passport renewals and visas, as well as immigrant visa comebacks, will not be accepted during this time.

 

 

Yaounde the Capital of Cameroon

Hello from Yaounde !

Founded as an ivory trading post, the city of Yaounde is the second largest metropolis of Cameroon just after Douala. As a capital of Cameroon, it is a political headquarters and the city is in full economic expansion. It manages the production and distribution of some of the main exports of the country. Yaounde is the seat of the majority of the Cameroonian ministries and international embassies.

The city with seven hills

In the center of the city, ends a succession of hills, which earned him the nickname of “city of seven hills”. In addition, since the German colonization, Yaounde is a booming city of about 2 million people. she gives each day the means to offer dream stays to all those who are coming for long or short stay.

Today, Yaounde is a very welcoming city internationally recognized. A safe city with a discreet security feature, very present, where life is beautiful. By modernizing, the city has preserved its natural beauty. There are old fruit trees from the past years of colonization still kept in the heart of the city.

Urbanization of the City

The urban community places an emphasis on keeping the city beautiful and green by creating green spaces for fresh air. You can enjoy the benefits of a protected nature of pollution. In addition the beautiful view of the city from the Palace of Congress, a joyous architectural setting for international meetings.

A welcoming city

The charm and originality of this city are also the men and women who live there. Welcoming, warm and available, the Yaoudéens greet you without necessarily knowing you. Same answer with a smile, a hand, it’s usually free and rather friendly. Hospitality here is not a sight of the mind, it is a reality. As a result, you will discover this laborious and enthusiastic population that invests in sometimes very original activities.

First, you will probably go to Mount Nyada or enjoy fresh fermented palm wine. Therefore, you will discover on the slopes of Mount Elumden or Akok-ndo. Yaounde is also a crossroads of important road and rail network. So its easy to visit the rest of the country as well as neighboring countries. Equipped with a modern international airport and an impressive hotel park, Yaounde is open to big tourism .

 

HILTON HOTEL YAOUNDE

General Informations

Hilton Hotel Yaounde is in the business district, in within a 15-minute walk from National Customs Museum. This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). However, you need to contact the property prior and provide your arrival details using the details provided in the booking. This property is free of charge for a child under 17 using the same room as their parents or guardians. Hotel has adjoining rooms, which may be available on the dates of your stay but you need to mention before. On the contrary regarding animals no need to ask because pets including others animals, are not allowed at Hilton Hotel.

 

Different services and facilities

-Casino                                                                                  -Barbecue

-Express arrival services                                             -Library

-Lift                                                                                        -Terrace on the roof

-Lounges                                                                              -Pool Bar

-Centre of business                                                       -Conference room

-Grocery                                                                                -Room attendant

Restaurants, casino and and outdoor pool are available at the hotel. Similarly free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are offered.

Services / facilities for families:

-Family rooms                                                                    -Piscine en plein air

-Free Wifi                                                                               -Courts de tennis en plein air

-Grocery                                                                                 -Buanderie

-Babysitting in the room (surcharge)                      -Playing area

The entire 248 rooms boast fireplaces and offer WiFi and furnished balconies. In addition, it’s common to find 24-hour room service as well as plasma-screen TVs with cable channels.

 

Things to see and do nearby Hilton Hotel in Yaounde

The hotel offers outdoor tennis courts and a 24-hour fitness center. Additionally there is outdoor pool, hot tub as well as recreational amenities and sauna are also set up on the site. In the same way recreational activities listed below are available directly on site or nearby. These activities may be subject to additional fees like Playing area for adults and kids or Yoga Fitness as well. Together with previous activities you have spa treatment which include body scrubs, body care, manicures and pedicures, hot stone massage. Likewise Hilton Hotel offer facial treatments, aromatherapy care and deep tissue massage as well .

 

 

Others accebilities

If you have a special needs for people with reduced mobility, feel free to indicate at the time of booking. For the purpose, the hotel will provide you bathroom accessible to people with reduced mobility with:

  • Wheelchair accessible shower
  • Room accessibility for people with reduced mobility

 

The Weather in Yaounde-Cameroon

The weather in Yaounde !

Yaounde has a savanna climate with dry winter, there is better months to visit the city but temperatures are changing. The rainfall in Yaounde is much higher in the summer than they are in the winter depending on the time of year you prefer . Either autumn, winter, spring or summer, the climate in Yaounde is different depending on the season as per every country. Some prefer the rains, others the sun, or neither, but what is certain is that in Yaounde the climate is unfavorable five months out of twelve. The table below will illustrate what is the right time to visit the city according the weather in Yaounde.

January Febuary March April May June July August September October November December 
Very good Very good Good Good Good  Unfavorable Unfavorable Unfavorable Unfavorable Unfavorable Good Very good

Weather Legend : Unfavorable, Medium, Good, Very good

As per the chart above, best time to arrive in Yaounde is between November to May. For example from December to February climate is good; in the early evening temperature is on average of 24°.  March, April, May and November, temperature is average and stay correct with occasional heavy rain. Furthermore, June to October for all those like heat it’s not advisable;  the weather in Yaounde is unfavorable because the precipitations are cloudy and it rains abundantly. 

 

Illustration of Yaounde Cameroon Weather

In conclusion, we advise you to choose driest months and visit the country obviously  is between November and February. Moreover during this period, you will probably be disturbed by harmattan, a hot wind loaded with sand from Sahara. The capital of Cameroon Yaounde owes its climate to the hills that run along the city. Thanks to them, you can observe the dense vegetation along the streets, which gives Yaounde a pleasant and fresh climate.

Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport

Presentation

Commissioned in 1991, Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport is one of the two largest airports in Cameroon. Located in Nsimalen a suburb south-west of Yaounde and ranked 2nd airport given the number of passengers and cargo handled. Larger than the previous one, Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport was rebuilt to address the city’s rapid growth problem. This former international airport now serves as an airbase for the air force of Cameroon.

Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport flights

Yaounde Nsimalen International airport has 14 direct flights to 11 countries. With its national company Camair-co, it provides international and domestic flights to reach different cities of the country. On the technical side Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport covers 3,065 acres at an elevation of 694 m. Consequently its includes one passenger terminal, one cargo terminal and 6 aircraft stands. The airport currently has one runway: heading 01/19, 3,400 m (11 154 ft) in length, with a width of 45 m (147 ft) which could accommodate a B747. Additionally, the airport’s growth of international traffic is 4% per year. For this reason, the government has set a goal of servicing 1.5 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo per year. In a word the ministry of transport has asked to develop airport for new targets which includes cargo facilities equipped with warehouse.

 

Security and Economic Level

In the first place security front, Nsimalen International Airport is equipped with modern facilities and can be accessed through 4 gates. It has 6 parking facilities, 2 of which are for long term use. Inside the terminal there are 10 check-in desks. A transit zone, animal quarantine, health office, X-ray/handling/mechanical equipment and refrigerated storage. There is post office and police office for all passengers if they wants to enquiry make statements or claims something.

Second in the economic and social plan, Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport has built his history . In order to satisfy and secure people there is currency post office where you can exchange money easily and secure. There is tourist information centre, business centre, banks, car rental and taxi services. If you want to take breakfast, lunch or dinner, you have restaurants in the airport open 24/7. If you don’t have any reservation or booking you have Hotel services at the airport they provide free shuttles for pick up and drop off when necessary.

 

University in Yaounde

Introduction

In Yaoundé, it’s the largest of all universities I name University of Yaounde I (Ngoa-Ekellé) create in 1971. Therefore it’s the first university of Cameroon hence the nickname “mother of universities “. In fact university in Yaounde is easily accessible for any student because most of them are located in city center. For example, Ngoa-Ekellé for example training is divide in 02 faculties and offers many formations. First we have Faculty of Science (FS) and its 09 departments with training up to the PhD is possible in all departments. Second the Faculty of Arts Letters and Humanities (FALSH) which has 04 departments.

 

Others Universities in Yaounde

Moreover there are great schools which you can also register because they are also consider as university in Yaounde. Obviously theses schools are attach to Yaounde 1 (Ngoa-Ekellé) as a result it’s he which delivers their diploma. Example of these schools you have

  1. Higher Normal School
  2. National School of Polytechnic
  3. Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  4. University Institute of Wood Technology of Mbalmayo

Similarly we can mention the universities that emerged after Ngoa-Ekellé and classify them. First you have the University of Yaounde II then Douala Bamenda Buea Dschang Maroua and Ngaoundere. In addition you also have private universities with the Catholic University of Central Africa, Adventist and University of the Mountains. These schools offer qualified training with different courses of your choice

 

Price

In public universities, fees amount to 50,000 XAF per student and for foreigners each schools freely sets the amount. However this amount may vary depending on the agreements between Cameroon and the country of the student. Higher education in Yaoundé is mark by the LMD system (Bachelor-Master-Doctorate). This system at the national, subregional (Cemac) and international levels is based on a three-level curriculum architecture. Cameroon has joined the Cemac LMD system and most of Schools in Yaounde started applying it in 2007.

In summary Cameroon offers a school curriculum open to all those wishing to train for both national and international citizens. Yaounde is home to most of these universities and the same is true for other cities in the country. Moreover you will find in these universities short academic courses recognize nationally and internationally. With this intention the training for this is 2 years after your high school certificate.

 

Yaounde American School

General Presentation

The American School of Yaounde (ASOY) is an independent not for profit co- educational school serving students from over 32 countries. Create in 1964 the school offers educational program from nursery through grade 12 and serves locals and expats community of Yaounde. Locate in Yaounde centre, ASOY is a World School accredite by the Council of International Schools (CIS). For this reason, all staff members is certify and register with their country’s educational department and teacher is US train certify. In the same way, the school is rule by seven member board, six of whom is elect by Parent Association and US representative ambassador.

Also, the board includes teacher representative and school director who are non-voting members. Board meetings generally occur the third Thursday of every month and are open to parent observers. Association meets in General Assembly twice yearly September and April. The purpose of meeting is electing board members, reviewing annual budget and Strategic Plans.

 

 

Training Study at Yaounde American School

American School of Yaounde is an English medium school offering American style educational program. They serve a Pre-K 3 through grade 12 student population of 205 students. Hence they offer courses for Primary Years Program (PP) and Middle Years Program (PP). Moreover they believed in a well-balanced education of academics, community service, arts and full complement of after school offerings. The school strive to integrate Learner profile across the curriculum and students can think critically and become a leaders. For this reason their graduates have attended universities and colleges in United States, Canada and Europe.

All courses are in English and french is teach at all levels. English as  second language (ESL) support is offer through Grade 10 to students who are not fluent in English. School has 20 classrooms, two computer labs, library, and canteen. Sports facilities include two tennis courts and covered basketball court, swimming pool, and small soccer field/playground. Further, American School of Yaounde has recreation Club that serves the school and other members by providing varied activities. Obviously if you have any questions, just contact through the address: BP 7475 Rue Martin Samba Yaounde, Phone number (+237) 2 22 23 04 21. Either you can get in touch also as well by email: info@asoy.org / director@asoy.org

British High Commission Yaounde

Work and Mission of British High Commission

Base on history, Cameroon and the United Kingdom have historically maintained close and friendly ties since colonial past.  What justifies today that in Yaounde Avenue Winston Churchill you can see the house of British High Commission. In Cameroon, They support the country’s goal of becoming an emerging economy by 2035 by supporting sustainable democratic reform. Challenging corruption, supporting adherence to international human rights standards and improving commercial co-operation. Economically, both countries work closely together as partners in the Commonwealth.

British High Commission work in society helps citizens and institutions contribute to a more inclusive, open and prosperous society. Furthermore they are partner with civil society organisations, government ministries in Yaounde to deliver high quality programmes. In educational field, they connect the UK and education sectors around the world, promote global citizenship and strengthen international cooperation. Further, foster dialogue and international partnerships between higher education institutions and organisations. British High Commission works in education, help students by making education and training systems better able to meet labor market.

Consular services

British High Commission in Yaounde, runs an inclusive range of consular services to local, British and international citizens in Cameroon. Since July 2016 visa application center left British High Commission in Yaounde and move to new location in Bastos road near German Embassy. The application process will not change. Visa applicants have to complete applications and pay visa fee online at Visa4UK before taking appointment on Visa Application Centre.

The Visa Application Centre will be open every day between 08:00 am – 3:30 pm. Applicants submit visa applications on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and can collect their passports on any week day. All visa applications, except for those applying to settle in the UK, should allow between 5-45 working days from the date of submission of their visa application before collecting their visa decision. Applicants are advised to check the website, www.ukincameroon.fco.gov.uk on a regular basis for news updates on this change to UK visa services.

 

Yaounde Hotels

Introduction

Yaounde still called “city to the seven hills” welcoming and full of surprises offer a pleasant setting for all your stays. From the airport to the city center, you will discover a bright landscape from the multitudes of trees. It is very easy to find accommodation in this city because there are multitude of hotels which provide airport shuttle service for customers. It is in this logic that we will quote you in the next paragraph best Yaounde Hotels.

Best 3 of Yaounde Hotels

First of all you have the Hilton hotel in Yaounde located at Boulevard du 20 Mai in city center. Hilton hotel offers a pleasant setting for your stay in full board for family and friends. Listed in the top 10 of hotels in Yaounde, you have opportunity to move safely because hotel is guarded 24/7. Furthermore, there is severals in-house restaurants which offers local and international foods. Of course swimming pool and play areas for children and adults are available in the hotel to avoid boredom. Similarly if you wanna go out you can visit supermarkets 100 meters from hotel such as MAHIMA, SCORE . By the same token for any needs with family or friends, you always have solutions because Hilton hotel is right next Moulin De France coffee shop.

Second, in the top 10 of Yaounde Hotels comes Mont Febe hotel with its panoramic view of Yaounde on the heights of Mont Febe. This hotel is locate at altitude of 950 meters surrounded by lush greenery and luxurious. With its motto “Come back for fun”  Mont Febe Hotel has unique architecture and design offering luxury along with comfort. In effect, rooms offer a magnificent view of the mountain vegetation as well as the golf course of the city. It owes its presence in this classification because of the impeccable service that it offers with its restaurants and leisures. In addition this hotel offers easy access, secure because it’s a presidency area and its 15 minutes from airport.

Thirdly we have Djeuga Palace Hotel on the list of Yaounde hotels with his pleasant setting and everything is there to feel good. Hotel location is in city center and has large rooms decorated with a living area, desk and safe. In addition to what you can find common hotels Djeuga Palace has a open disco for dance lovers. Near this atmosphere there is casino for lovers of gambling, and all theses three hotels fees start 65.000 XAF per night. 

Others Hotels

However don’t limit yourself to the three hotels mentioned above because i made it according to my visit in these places. The assessments are different, so its normal this list of 3 best hotels in Yaounde is not exhaustive. Under those circumstances you can find in the same city Yaounde hotels with same offers and service.

The difference is on the form with a limited number of rooms and on the bottom because the price is lower than others. As a result we have firstly La Falaise Hotel in Yaounde with Avenue Marechal Foch as a location. Secondly Merina Hotel Yaounde street El Hadj-Ahmadou-Ahidjo offers good quality time.

Thirdly AZUR Hotel Yaounde in Bastos district opposite Elecam which offer you a pleasant setting with equipped and luxurious rooms. Also we have Yaounde Central Hotel in city center heartquarters district of the ministries. Meumi Palace Hotel in the Bastos district, Diplomat Hotel street Joseph Mballa-Elounden. All these hotels offer a clean environment, a good service, friendly staff, and you are also entitled to international catering.

Best Restaurants in Yaounde

General Information

Africa is consider the cradle of humanity, and Cameroon is a miniature Africa. Being that we can say Cameroon it’s a vast country of cultural, landscapes and multiple influences. Which says variety of culture understands variety of flavors because each of ten regions of Cameroon exists a gastronomic culture. Our analysis will be generally on Cameroonian foods while focusing on the meals of Central region which is Yaounde. This consists to inform you regarding various restaurants in Yaounde where you can enjoy local foods as well as international.

 

Local foods Restaurants in Yaounde

In Yaounde, you can eat locally at the restaurant Cabane in Elig Essono, behind the building of the travel agency Jako. Its one of best restaurants in Yaounde for enjoying Cameroonian foods for central region such as Sanga, Mbol, Okok. Then you have Bois Sainte Anastasie restaurant in Sebastien Essomba street, city center of Yaounde opposite to MAHIMA supermaket. Base in the heart of Yaounde in the park that bears his name, this restaurant offers varieties of Cameroonian culinary.

Moreover a brunch is offer from Monday to Sunday in the center of a botanical garden with multiple tropical flowers. In brief, the list is not exhaustive and we can complete the list with these others restaurants in Yaounde . For example restaurant La Marmite, near Boulevard du 20 Mai, The village restaurant  in Elig-Essono near police Judiciary.

all these restaurants offer you the Cameroonian cuisine in general with foods like Mbongo, Ndolè and the typical foods of Yaounde region such as peanut sauce …

     

International foods Restaurants in Yaounde

After savoring local foods you can find alsorestaurants which offer international cuisine from all over the world. For this reason, the restaurant La Salsa at Bastos roundabout, is the ideal place to taste various international dishes (French, Italian …). Their specialty is its chef who offers you to grill a plate of pork with the wine of your choice. Expatriates, Greek community specially loves this place in addition to Cameroonian foods there is cooking also French, Russian and more. Equally for sensuality lovers you have the Restaurant la Terrasse, base in camp Sic Hippodrome, they offers European foods in a green setting under palm trees. For fresh air you can seat on terrace, you have chairs and white tables on gravel with sparkling candles in the evening. They have delicious pizzas made over a wood fire that I recommend you to taste.

For lovers of Italian food, you will also find a restaurant corresponding to Yaounde as The restaurant Café Yaounde always located at Camp Sic Racecourse. You will find the typical Italian food, with fresh pasta, specialty of the restaurant, sprinkled with Italian wines. The place is nice and set in a luxurious garden, and the restaurant exhibits paintings by local artists. In the same vein you also have the restaurant Pizza Roma located at the crossroad Bastos and offers only pizzas of all kinds.

 

Asian Restaurants in Yaounde

To summarize, if you love Chinese food you will love visit Yaounde and and its multitude of Chinese restaurants. In the first place House of Korea restaurant offers a pleasant and calm environment with fresh and correct food. This spacious home has beautiful terraces and lovely staff. Moreover you also have the restaurant at Wou located in Bastos one of the most chic areas of the city of Yaounde. Decorated with dragons, it is the first Chinese restaurant of very good reputation of Yaounde. It offers you typical Chinese cuisine with a rich and varied buffet on Sunday