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About Yaoundé

Yaoundé is the capital city of Cameroon and home to 2.5 million people. Once a sleeping settlement, and now transformed to a modern day, vibrant African city with a lot of prospect, sights and local markets to explore. The mesmerising Open-Air Mass beckons you, whilst browsing traditional Centre Artisanal will have you leaving with many handcrafted souvenirs.

Cheap flights to Yaoundé are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Yaoundé is home to the Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport (NSI), which is an enjoyable 35-minute drive from the city center. Yaoundé Nsimalen Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways. Popular international flights to Yaoundé departure from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Yaoundé is approximately 11 hours and 35 minutes.

Why visit Yaoundé

Museum Of Yaounde

Sightseeing

Boasting incredible natural landscapes, and populous with a warm, gentle core – the rich crafts of the people are concealed in the streets and museums of the city.

Nightlife

Nightlife

Dancing is an important part of the Cameroonian culture - visitors have many venues to explore once the sun goes down. Nightclubs play a variety of salsa and African rhythms.

Casava and Yucca Chips

Cuisine

For a mixture of African and Western cuisine dishes like, traditional fufu, banana and pineapple salad, and boiled cassava are amongst a few dishes to tickle your taste buds.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Cameroon
Currency Central African Franc (XAF)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 47.365 Central African Franc
Language French, English
Hub Airport Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport (NSI)
Airline Ethiopian Airways and Kenya Airways
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type C / E

Best time to visit Yaoundé

Weather in Yaoundé is influenced by a tropical wet and dry climate. Winter is low season. You can expect less travellers to the city during this time of the year and lower airfares and hotel rates. This is a convenient offer for those looking to budget whilst travelling and those who don’t mind the winter chill. The hottest month is March (high season), when the maximum temperature is about 30 degrees Celsius. The first week is usually the hottest.The streets and public space areas become crowded, and traffic is also a bit of a jam to get through. July and August are the cool months – it may often be a bit cloudy, but there is an upswing in humidity. The crowd in the city is from low to a moderate. Normal prices for airfares and standard accommodation rates apply during this time.

Weather & Climate in Yaoundé

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 20°C 20°C 20°C 20°C 20°C 20°C 20°C 19°C 19°C 19°C 20°C 20°C
High (°C) 33°C 33°C 33°C 36°C 34°C 32°C 31°C 34°C 31°C 33°C 32°C 32°C
Rainfall (mm) 19 43 125 171 199 157 74 114 232 294 94 19

Overview

Founded by the German colonial masters as a station for the ivory trade route, and an agricultural research post in 1888 - Yaoundé was later occupied by Belgium during World War l; and the French as the League of Nations trustee. The French made Yaoundé their capital city for governing French Cameroon.

Lush green and hilly landscapes help Yaoundé stand out from other West African capitals. The air is also cooler in the city as it is 750 meters above sea level. This combination makes the city a pleasant place to visit, and although it is short on traditional attractions, it makes up for it in friendliness and charm.

The Musèe d’Art Camerounias provides visitors with a great introduction to the country’s art, history and culture. The museum is a part of the capital’s Benedictine monastery, and the chapel contains a lovely exhibit of traditional crafts and textiles. Yaoundé is also home to an abundance of wildlife. Tourists can see a sizeable amount in the Mefou National Park.

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders require a visa to enter Cameroon. Pre-approved visas can be picked up on arrival. For more information, visit the High Commission of Cameroon in South Africa website.

The High Commission of Cameroon is situated in Pretoria. 80 Marais Street, Brooklyn. Phone: (+27) 012 460 0341.

Health & Safety

All travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations, as vaccinations are required. The following vaccinations are required when travelling to Yaoundé, Cameroon.

• A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

• Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A & B.

• Malaria, cholera, tuberculosis, polio and dengue are the prevalent diseases.

• This is a high risk malaria zone, medications for mosquito-borne diseases, and travellers’ diarrhoea are required.

• Preventative medication must be taken 2 weeks prior to arriving in Cameroon, and taken up to 1 month after leaving.

• Get travel insurance, as overseas medical insurance do not cover there.

Where to stay?

Overlooking one of the seven hills of the city, this beautiful hotel is located at an altitude of 950 meters, and is surround by lush, green vegetation. The hotel has unique architecture and is luxuriously designed with modern facilities, making your stay as pleasant as it can be. The rooms offer magnificent views of the mountains.

Close to many activities and tourist attractions, this hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the National Museum. Discover golf courses and horseback rides just 5 kilometres away. Or visit Ebogo Village, the friendliest and most visited eco-tourism site in Yaoundé.

If you enjoy being treated like royalty, there is a hotel in the heart of downtown Yaoundé that has re-created the impression of ancient kings and queens. This luxurious palace boasts en-suite rooms and exquisite royal designs on the curtains and linen. Indulge yourself with this fabulous treat.

Get Around

• Train: train lines run west, to the port city of Douala, and north to N'Gaoundéré.

• Bus: Many bus companies operate from the city, particularly from the Nsam and Mvan districts. By bus, travel time between Douala and Yaoundé is about three hours.

• Taxis: Are available at any time during the day and night. All registered taxi vehicles are clearly marked. Do not get into unmarked taxis.

• You can also rent a car at any car rental.

Main attractions in Yaoundé

Bois Sainte Anastasie

Bois Sainte Anastasie

Mefou National Park

Mefou National Park

National Museum of Yaoundé

National Museum of Yaoundé

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