Sights in DoualaEdit This
Douala, the capital of the Littoral Province as well as the largest city of Cameroon, is one of the most popular tourist spots in West Africa. Situated on the banks of the Wouri River, Douala is a vibrant port city that represents more than 200 ethnic groups. No matter you are history buff, art and culture lovers, nature lovers, beach bums, or shopping enthusiasts, Douala has something for everyone, with its interesting museums, astounding palaces, stunning pagados, stupendous black sand beaches, and bustling markets. Equally worth mentioning is the incredible scenic attractions of the place. Further, the city has also been lauded for its gastronomy, boasting of a chain of restaurants that serve sumptuous cuisines. Few to mention among many of the tourist sights in Douala are:
Hotel Akwa Palace
This is perhaps the most prominent of the highlights of the city. Set in a warm atmosphere, the hotel is a mesmerizing blend of amazing colonial traditions and most modern comforts. It is located in the heart of the city and is within easy reach of almost all top most attractions in the place.
Douala the L'espace Doual'art
Douala the L'espace Doual'art – founded in 1991 - is a not-to-miss attraction for art lovers, with an interesting selection of contemporary arts. Located within Place du Gouvernement, it also serves as a laboratory for experimenting African cities’ new urban practices. Since its inception, many people including local and international artists, architects, and designers have been invited here to showcase their artwork.
Musee de Douala
This is another must-visit spot for art lovers. Housed within the Hotel de Ville’s first floor, the museum throws light into the Bamoun and Bamileke art, and its highlights are clay Bamoun statues, wooden Fang statues, amazing pirogue decorations, and Bamileke thrones, among many others.
Designed and erected by Rudlof Douala Manga Bell in 1914, Manga Bell is built in such a way that it takes after a Chinese Pagoda.
A trip to Douala would be incomplete without taking a tour to Eko Market, the largest of its kind in the country. Strolling along this bustling market would be one of the best ways to explore the life of people residing in the area.
Located just an hour’s drive from Douala is Limbe, this beach is not only a great place to indulge in a number of water sport activities but also a great place to savor some delicious seafood specialties.
Attractions in and around Douala also include Mount Cameroon whose focal point is its striking active volcano. West Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Cameroon, enables you to enjoy a spectrum of activities in the form of bird watching, sightseeing, and trekking.