Basic foods in Cameroon include cassava, yams, rice, plantain, potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize, beans, millet, a wide variety of taro and a wide variety of vegetables . The French introduced French bread widely consumed and a staple in the French-speaking regions of Cameroon (Yaounde and Douala), while in the English-speaking parts (South-West), British breads known locally as “Kumba bread” and a less rich form of rollers. The main source of protein for most people is fish, poultry is also eaten and beef. Bushmeat, was commonly consumed, some of the most sought after species in Yaoundé being the pangolin, the porcupine and the giant rat. Although, because of their rarity, they are now considered candies. There is also a thriving illegal trade in endangered bushmeat species such as chimpanzees and gorillas. Continue reading “Famous food delicacies in Yaounde”
Yaounde is a hilly and undulating city. Getting your orientation right can be very challenging. At 750 m above sea level with a beautiful view of greens surrounding the city, Yaounde provides its visitor with very pleasant scenic views and mild climatic condition throughout the year. This gives Yaounde inhabitants a gorgeous year round weather temperature range. Most of Yaounde’s economy is centered around the administrative structure of the civil service and the diplomatic services. Due to these high profile central structures, Yaounde enjoys a relative higher standard of living and security compared to the rest of Cameroon. Schools, colleges, Universities, Hospitals, recreational centers, restaurants are of better standards.
Most of Yaoundé’s economy is centered on the administrative structure of the civil service and the diplomatic services. Due to these high-profile central structures, Yaounde enjoys a relative higher standard of living and security compared to the rest of Cameroon. Major industries in Yaoundé include tobacco, dairy products, beer, clay, glass goods, and lumber. It is also a regional distribution centre for coffee, cocoa, copra, sugar cane, and rubber. Local residents engage in urban agriculture. The city is estimated to have “50,000 pigs and over a million chickens.
Despite the security issues and humanitarian crises that have plagued the Central African nation, its economy remains stable. In fact, there is diversification of its productive economic activities, with the services sector contributing about half of the total domestic production. Oil, gas, and mining revenues are rarely reported, which implies massive graft.In addition, there is weak protection of real and intellectual property, and the judicial system is vulnerable to political manipulation. According to Yaoundé City Council data, there has been over 130 floods that have been striking the city from 1980 to 2014, causing massive loss of life and economic damage. However, there has been reduction of flooding in the city since the establishment of a sanitation master plan to address the issue. Another measure was to relocate people living along the drainage routes and in low-lying flood zones.
In Yaoundé you will find lots of western style shopping centers, for your grocery and dressing & grooming needs. In central city, Scores ( now Casino Supermarket) offers a typical western-style grocery shopping experience as in Walmart or other western style grocery shop. Credit cards and Debit cards are accepted at most of these supermarchés and bakeries. With the growing number of westerners in the Yaounde area, these style of shops are on the increase. All these stores also help the economy of Yaoundé to grow faster with the number of people flocking to these supermarkets.
Cameroon’s political capital Yaounde is home to some Zoo like the Mvog-Betsi Zoo administered by the Ministry of Forestry and Fauna in Cameroon. There is a wide range of species at the zoo, including big cats, reptiles, and birds of prey. Created in 1951, the Mvog Betsi Zoo is one of the few zoo in Cameroon and is located in the heart of Yaounde. There are mainly primates and wild cats and obviously the flora is relatively rich. You can find out more about this by visiting the Mvog Betsi Botanical Garden website. The information is not necessarily up to date but it gives a very good overview of the proposed attractions. The zoo is an ideal setting for a family outing on the weekends. There is also a swimming pool, playgrounds and a restaurant. A project is underway to relocate the zoo on the side of Mount Febe to benefit from more space.
Furthermore, we have a Mefou National Park of Yaoundé which ic in 45-minute drive south of Yaoundé, Mefou is run by Ape Action Africa, an organisation established to protect primates in Cameroon. Well-informed guides will show you gorillas, drills, chimps and mandrills living in beautiful natural surrounds, all rescued from the bushmeat trade . Instead of Yaoundé, Cameroon have lot of zoo like in North part with Waza Park, the zoo of Limbé which are the lovely place to visit when you are in this fabulous country.
It is a certainty, the Nature of Yaoundé Cameroon is not as rich as that which can be in Kenya or in Tanzania in East Africa. This doesn’t mean that it is not interesting and varied. First of all, if you are passionate about ornithology, you will be delighted. More than 900 species of birds live in Cameroon.
To maximize your chances of observing African wildlife, you must go all the way to the north of the country in Waza Park. There, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses, cheetahs, buffaloes, antelopes and even lions move freely. Going on a safari is always a highlight and exceptional moment in a traveler’s life. Another moment rich in emotion, it is to go to meet the gorillas in Mefou National Park of Yaounde. There are some that you can see in the south-east of the country in the sanctuary of Mengeme.
Among the fauna that you probably do not want to cross, know that Cameroon is home to some of the most venomous snake species in the world. Let’s hope you do not cross the path of a cobra, a viper from Gabon or a green mamba. Wish the same thing about scorpions and tarantulas.
Because of the diversity of the reliefs, the Wildlife in Yaoundé is rich and varied. A tropical forest, steppe, savannah, the landscape changes depending on the region. The forest is largely threatened. Although it still occupies 45% of the area, its share is shrinking every year due to large-scale and industrial deforestation. It is a real heartbreak to see trees sometimes over 60 meters tall be slaughtered. Add to this the exploitation of precious woods like mahogany and ebony and you will quickly understand that the situation is not far from catastrophic. It is urgent that this exploitation be very quickly better controlled than it is today. In the savannah, among the trees of more modest dimensions, the baobab reigns as king. Its size, its diameter does not take anything away from its incredible elegance.
The Basilica of MVOLYE-YAOUNDE
The basilica of MVOLYÉ is one of the place not to be missed when you make a tourist stay in Yaoundé. Created in Yaounde in 1998, this basilica owes its conception to the desire to want to make a large church that can accommodate more people than the cathedral of Yaoundé. This translates into a program that begins with the construction of Mvolyé hill in Yaoundé, followed by the 3500-seat church, whose façade is open to widen on a parvis during pilgrimages and major religious celebrations.
Beyond the manifestation of faith of its designers, the book represents in itself all the greatness they have been able to do. At the beginning of 1990, the old cathedral of Mvolyé, built by the Pallotine Fathers and headed by Bishop Henri Vieter who arrived in Cameroon following the colonization, will be destroyed. On instructions of successor Monsignor Jean Zoa, Archbishop of Yaounde at that time, for the construction of what was then called the Marian Shrine. A gigantic project at the time, this basilica has finally come into being and is the object of admiration until today.
It is a fabulous architectural work with inside an altar made of stone carved and manufactured in one of the surrounding villages of Yaoundé. Because of its original form, it imposes admiration and astonishment of the share of all the people who go there. The black Madonna, carved on ebony, next to the altar, is undeniably the attraction of all the works of art present in this building. Of course you will also find other paintings in bronze and silver, which adorn the walls and aisles of the basilica both outside and inside. The floor is covered with a carefully polished marble, which gives it an apparent solidity.
For all lovers of architecture and originality, this is the place not to be missed because this building was designed sparingly and carefully to represent his name Basilica validly. This place welcomes faithful Christian Catholics from around the world every Sunday during the office of ecumenical and the few curious to discover.
Cameroon’s major cities throb to the beat of music throughout the week. Street bars line the roads as the sun goes down and revellers go into the night in search of a good time. From chic cocktail bars to jam-packed nightclubs, Cameroon’s nightlife has it all.
there are several bars and lounge where you can spend a night of dreams in Yaounde but we will only quoted the most popular. First of all you have Le Katios Nightclub located in Downtown of Yaoundé this club having recently re-opened its doors to Cameroon’s clubbers. Le Katios disco is competing to be the best nightspot in Yaoundé. With “Indomitable” owners, professional service and an international DJ, the only thing missing is you charming customers. You can easily join them for frenzied evenings.
Secondly you have Olympic Night Club located in Avenue Narvick Hôtel Djeuga Palace, Yaounde. This is the night club in the luxurious Hotel Djeuga Palace. It entertains the wealthy, well connected youth in Yaounde. The ultra-modern, chic atmosphere will have you dancing until the sun comes up.
Thirdly, There are also cabarets like YAOBA located in Bastos, where we can see artists of the place live on stage. Many people came here to do karaoké, singing with artists and have a good night. Each year, the famous boar hunting takes place in Yaounde.
Furthermore, you have Safari CLUB Yaounde, in Avenue Churchill. The sexiest nightclub to be seen in Yaounde. Sophisticate, stylish, table service available you will not be disappointed if you opt to spend your evening in this glamorous establishment. So dress to impress, get your dancing shoes because you’re in for a long night.
In Yaoundé, we do have also The Basement Bar in Mendong, Here the show never ends, every Saturday spend an amazing evening with equally amazing friends and dance to your favourite anthems played to you by the deadly remix DJ team. Guaranteed to raise the roof and give you the night of your life. To end The VIP ROOM Certainly living up to its name this night time hotspot attracts a VIP crowd and offers a world class night of music, cocktails and dancing until your feet fall off.
Created in 1972, it is at the former presidential palace of Cameroon in German colonial architecture that has been transformed into a house of culture and is today the National Museum. Located in Yaoundé in the lake district, this building over 130 years old brings you into the history of Cameroon through its diversity. The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday except Monday which is closed day, the hours are from 10 am to 18 pm. The visits are obligatorily done with a tourist guide and the price for the foreigners is fixed at 5000 XAF ( cameroon currency ) and the duration of visit varies between one hours and two hours and a half.
The building has two levels, at the bottom you have the ground floor which has two parts.The first part of the first level is dedicated to the people and some beautiful masks, the other part presents the many Cameroonian musical instruments representing the culture of different ethnicities. The first floor presents the modern history of Cameroon in general and the city of Yaoundé in particular, as well as various objects of arts and crafts of the country.
The museum is in the old Ahidjo presidential palace (the previous president) you have beautiful bronze statues outside, which are the only things you can take pictures of. The building is renovated and very clean which is nice but you can’t take pictures inside.
There is a guide for each section, you start on the first floor with recent history through photographs. The culture and history of Cameroon parts are much more interesting
You will especially enjoyed instruments, houses from all Cameroon’s regions and traditional costumes sections.
Yaounde as a tourist city is no exception to the rule of sites and monuments where you can take a tour history to identify the history of this beautiful city. It is in this momentum that we will talk about historical sites that you should not miss during your stay Yaoundé. To begin, do not miss to visit the monument of Reunification located in the heart of the city of Yaounde, this monument represents yesterday as today, a symbol. This monument embodies the history of Cameroon and is the symbol of this country as a state with all its diversity and complexity. It also embodies the desired attachment of the vast majority of Cameroonians to their homeland.
Built between 1973 and 1976, the reunification monument was erected in Yaounde to immortalize the advent of the Reunification of Cameroon French and English in 1961. With the advent of the unitary state the two federated republics of Cameroon are unified to form the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972. This work is from the French architect Solomon and is made in three levels. the basement which is a large circular hall made of wall paintings of the heavenly Cameroonian writer ENGELBERT MVENG. The slab dressed with wooden frescoes D’ETOLO EYA. In the center of the room, a large pillar springs from the ground and ends with a brush on the outside. On the ground floor, four pillars made of engravings describing the experiences of the populations of the five cultural eras of Cameroon and the signature of the designers and directors of the monument. At the top of the tower, the meeting point of the East and West entrances, symbolizing the perfect unity of the two major Anglophone and Francophone parts of the country.
As for the description of this monument, it is important to note that it was made up of two large groups namely the Statuette and the spiral. To begin, we will describe the statuette, on both sides of his body are grabbed five children who want to go to the flame. This set of symbols has a deep meaning. It symbolizes the unity around the family, the old man represents the generation of Cameroonians who fought for Reunification. Children, meanwhile, emphasize the equal opportunities offered to girls and boys. In addition, it is important to emphasize that a special place is given to the girl in particular and to the woman in general. This engineering work represents fifty-three tons of concrete for a height of about seven meters.
To finish the Spirale backwards, it represents at first the culmination of the reunification boulevard that starts from the crossroads of the EMIA. In a second step, the five different levels of the tower, like the five children of the statuette, represent the administrative authorities of the Republic of Cameroon and the two capitals of the Federal Republic of Cameroon (Yaoundé and Buea) before the Reunification.
For entertainment in the evening, Yaoundé has many nightclubs. Some well-known nightclubs are KATIOS in the heart of the city this night club will offer you a real sensation on dancefloor with urban and internationals musics. Nice place, safe and friendly. The dance floor is Giant and sober. The service is fast and the atmosphere is magical. It is very comfortable no matter why we go. This is a great place for group outings or after work. Either you have SANZA night club located at Elig-Essono Yaounde with is the most popular actually for youth, Dj performs with songs. Sanza it’s the place to rely on in Yaoundé and one of the best places where you can dance and party all night long. It’s certainly also one of the biggest boxes in the capital. Especially popular with Cameroonians, who go there in their best clothes. The club is dominated by the fairer sex on Thursday, free evening for girls. It is also the day when the place is overpopulated, with relatively naughty dance performances. All this in a good cocktail of local and international music. You will go out early in the morning after having a good time., Safari, Mvet, Olympic Balafon.
Furthermore you have SAFARI night club which is in avenue Winston Churchill, Yaoundé. A disco in the European, spacious, with super light show, sound, everything is there, very young atmosphere on weekends. There are big parties with the most famous DJs from both continents. Musically, the coupé-décalé alternates with makossa and the purest of R’n’B, warm atmosphere guaranteed. This is the must of clubs in Yaoundé, High-tech atmosphere, illuminated track, all lounges seem to be VIP lounges. The music is certainly strong but refined. And people are always of a high standard. Whatever the reason for your visit, you will have a great time. As night club we have also The DJEUGA PALACE night club located in the Djeuga Hotel one of the best hotel of Yaoundé. The night club will give you all the smoothness you can have with his VIP saloon room, chairs are comfortable. The dance floor is bigger and you will not want to sit all the night with his Dj that pushes you to breathtaking music.
There are also cabarets like YAOBA located in Bastos, where we can see artists of the place live on stage. Many people came here to do karaoké, singing with artists and have a good night. Each year, the famous boar hunting takes place in Yaounde. A large number of traditional dances follow each other around the sacrifice. You have for example the Cabaret Bikutsi Carossel in Kondengui which offer Bikutsi show every weekend. Provided by the stars of Bikutsi who parade at each evening in an unbridled atmosphere for the pleasure of a large audience. For all those who do not know what Cameroonian bikutsi dance is, we invite you to take a tour there. Moreover, In Yaoundé we have also a MEDJANG CLUB which is giving you an excellent idea about cameroonian dance and culture. It’s a mix of cameroonian music call MAKOSSA with some of their traditional dance but its sing on live. If you are a lover of discovery you will love this cabaret club especially because there is something special with the way they sing and dance it .
There are many hobbies you can do in Yaoundé as long as you have time during your stay feel free to visit one of theses areas. Bois Anastasie of Yaoundé located at the Warda intersection its wooded place crossed by small streams that are crossed via small bridges. Ideal for a walk with family or lovers, it’s an island of greenery, which contains a garden named “loves”. You also have the Noah Country Club of Yaoundé located in Etoudi district. It is a clue where there is also a large pool lined with greenery. tennis and basketball courts are available, a straw hut for drinks and fast food. A quiet place, full of charm, to relax, swim, play a set or two, sip a Castel at the foot of coconut trees.
In addition you also have the Yaounde Golf Club, which offers a pleasant and well maintained greens course at the foot of Mont Febe. The Club House Cafe is a cool spot for golfers. You also have the amusement park Kyriakides next to the general direction of the national security which offers a green space for the children. The place is equipped with slides, rides and stroller for children, enough to dream the little ones. Furthermore, you have if you want to bring your lovely one you can go and take a Ice cream with your children at SANTA LUCIA Bakery in the heart of the city. You have also Le Moulin de France Bakery which is the best bakery ever had in Yaoundé for french and international pastries.
In addition, lovers of hunting and fishing are served because in the small villages of yaoundé you can find some hunters and fishermen who can make you rediscover some local techniques in this area. For cycling enthusiasts too you are served because there are small clubs where members will be very happy to count you among them. There is one in Yaoundé Monti neighborhood a pleasant, quiet and very little used by cars where you can do your bike race. The lovers of hiking are also served because if you are in Yaounde do not miss to visit Mount ELOUMDEM. This site is located on the hills of Yaounde and often hosts the contest of the ascent of the mountain. If you like the altitude this place is ideal for you and you will be filled with thrills
For end, families can also go for a walk of 2 hours in a small mountain behind the Mont Fébé hotel. It is advisable to go there with a tourist guide so that it guides you on this mountain. You will find trails on the vegetation. In addition you will cross the “fields” of the village: cocoa, cassava, corn etc. In addition you will discover the handcrafted wooden planks, pretty views.