Towns and Cities in Cameroon
Douala is one of the most important towns in Cameroon. It is actually the economic capital of Cameroon and also serves as the main entrance into the country through Douala International airport and sea port at the Atlantic coast.
Douala boosts nearly 75% of Cameroon’s industries thus attractions a growing population of 2m people.
Besides the old buildings in town, Douala is known for endless tea plantations in Buea and the banana, rubber, and pineapple plantations to Kumba. The city is located on the banks of the Wouri River, the two sides linked by Bonaberi Bridge. The city is divided into quarters with Akwa and Bonanjo being the most important with Akwa being Douala’s nightlife center and Bonanjo its center of commerce and administration.
Douala is connected to other parts of Cameroon through Douala international Airport which is a major entry point in Cameroon.Cameroon has over 16 major airports including the Yaounde Airport which is an important as Douala airport.
Bamenda from North West Cameroon stands out as one of the most attractive and picturesque places to visit in central Africa. It is very popular with foreigners given its Anglophone background and friendly people.
Bamenda has a steep cliff face overlooking it, locally referred to as station hill. The outpost on this significant hill boasts beautiful views of the township. Beyond the town are massive mountain ranges covered in luch greenery and forest.
Yaounde is famously called the town on Seven Hills just as Kampala Uganda. This town is the capital of Cameroon founded in the late 1880s by Germans who were more interested in Ivory trade rather than the people or the land itself.
Yaounde is another important industrial town of Cameroon besides Limbe and Douala. Some of the major industries in Yaoundé include tobacco, coffee, sugar, rubber, cocoa, clay, glass and diary products.
commonly refered to as ‘K town’ by the residents, Kumba is another exciting experience. Kumba is located in the south western part of the country near the Atlantic coastal border.
Besides boeing one of the largest cities in south western Cameroon, Kumba is known for The city is a trade centre for cacao and oil palms, and its thriving timber industry. The premier geographical attraction in Kumba is Barombi Mbo, a large crater lake located two kilometers northwest of Kumba's city center.
Maroua is from the far Northern Province tucked away within the mountains of River Kaliao. Maroua is among the most populated areas in northern Cameroon yet every much affected by crime and illegal trade. The population in this town includes the Cameroons and a few Nigerians who cross into Cameroon to trade occasionally.
It’s a good starting point for exploring the nearby Mandara Mountains and Parc National de Waza, or to catch your breath if you’re tackling the nearby borders with Chad and Nigeria.
Garoua is less than 200 kilometers from Maroua located on the banks of Benue river. This town is also an important tourist site and has an international airport that serves as a stop over for pilgrims from Mecca. It has the greatest mosque in the northern part of the country.
While in Garoua, you have easy access to several on the wildlife attractions including Waza National Park and the Kapsiki region for the north , and to the south the Benue National Park, the Bouba-Ndjida National Park, and the Faro Reserve.
This town is also one of the most prosperous agricultural centers in Cameroon. It is the site for the agro industrial firm involved in cotton production (SODECOTON) as well as other primary products like sorghum, onions, maize etc
Limbe is another of very interesting towns in the Cameroon countryside. It is a typical agricultural town with a number of rubber plantations and many other plantations dealing in the different cash crops.
The towering slopes of Mount Cameroon make the background of Limbe, while the sea coast is remarkable for the cool weather, fishing and Cameroon holidays. It is a very clean town with several attractive beaches, a good climate and several historical sites.
This small town in Wesgtern Cameroon has dramatic landscape and weather. The town is actually located on the Mbo plain and the mount Nlonako and at the foot of the Mount Manengouba.
It is located some 200 kilometers from Douala, the economic capital of the republic making it easily accessible by both the tourists and local people. It is thus by no wonder that there is a steadily growing population on cosmopolitan Cameroon in the country side.
This town has very fertile soils which greatly account for the fact that it is a great centre for agriculture. Cocoa, banana, pineapples and rice are grown on large plantations in Nkongsamba. There are also tourist attractions in this town such as Mount Manengouba, the Male and Female lakes, the waterfalls of Ekom etc.
Located within the Noun plain and flanked from one side by the High plateau, this town has several tourist attractions and a very favorable climate. It has more than high class 15 hotels and several restaurants that offer diverse meals of local an international taste.
Several cultural artifacts present here testify to the rich Bameleke tradition that prevails in spite of the rapid rate of urbanization. This town also has a unique reputation of a national junction of roads between the North West, Adamawa, Centre and Littoral Provinces. Equally, direct routes link up the town to divisional headquarters of the West province like Dschang, Mbouda, Foumban, Bangante, Bafang, Baham and Bandjoun.
The town also has a number of small industries involved in sectors like soap fabrication, weaving of bags, making machines for the grinding of maize and tubers like cassava
Although little is known about Edea, it remains one of the most important towns in Cameroon thanks to the enormous Hydro Power projects . Edea actually supplies 70% of the country with electricity from its two dams.
Its location between Yaounde and Douala has however exposed it to an influx of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. It has lots of attractions, hotels, banks and a good transport network. It also has a vast expanse of plantations, especially palm plantations; visible from the main road leading to Douala.
The town is home to a large Aluminum industry (ALUCAM). This industry is a driving force in the economy in Edea, producing over 78 693 tons of aluminum in 1994-1995 and employing over 1000 workers.