Best Places To Visit In Yaounde, Cameroon.
Yaoundé, the political capital of Cameroon is one of the most buzzing and modern cities in Central Africa. Known as the “City of seven hills,” Yaoundé with a population of over 2.8 million people welcomes visitors daily for business, leisure, and relaxation trips. From national monuments, cathedrals to natural reserves, there are many places to visit in Yaoundé.
If you are planning a trip to Yaoundé, then you should consider visiting some of the most exciting and fun places the city can boast of. In this article, I will take you through eight of these places. You will be marvel by these attractions if you visit.
8. Mefou National Park
Located at the forested area of Mefou in Yaounde, the Mefou National Park is home to Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue and rehabilitation center run by Ape Action Africa. This pak has over 300 rare and endangered primates (monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees) in its care. Most of the animals arrive at the sanctuary as orphans rescued from the illegal bush meat trade.
It is a must visit when you are in Yaounde. It is fun, the escort service is amazing and there are experienced guide to take you around.
7. Marché Central
The market is housed in a charming architecture with 70 shops at the center of Yaoundé, with towering floors of fabric and garment sellers as well as several tailors. Clothing stores, cosmetics shops, household appliances and stationery constitute a larger part of the market. The five floors of the market are easy to navigate and this makes shopping at the Yaoundé Central Market an enjoyable experience.
You may want to visit the market for a memorable buying experience learning raw Cameroonian business Slangs and also check out some beautiful outfits made from African fabrics.
6. Blackitude Museum
Blackitude Museum is an ethnographic museum situated in the center of Yaoundé. The museum is housed in an old building that was modified to create space for exhibitions and other services.
The museum was founded in 2000 by Her Majesty Ngo Nab Fo I NANA Agnes Sunjio because of her strong desire to preserve the artistic heritage of Cameroon.
It is a must see if you are interested in fascinating and unique pieces of tribal masks, costumes, carvings, furniture from all over Cameroon and including Congo, Nigeria and other neighboring countries. In fact, this museum hosts a collection of over 2,070 works of art.
You can get a private tour of this museaum in either French or English by very welcoming and knowledgeable tour guides. The entry price is 3000 CFA.
5. Our Lady of Victory Cathedral or Cathédrale Notre-Dame-des-Victoires in French
It is a religious building which serves as the cathedral of the metropolitan archdiocese of Yaounde, It is located in the center of the city, a few meters from the central post office. The Cathedral which was consecrated in 1955 has existed for over 50 years.
You will be wowed to see its stunning architecture. It has a large number of seats, with space for approximately 5,000 worshippers, and an interior cross-shaped. It is in fact one of the most visited places in Yaoundé.
4. Yaounde Central Mosque
The Grand Mosque is situated at the Briqueterie neighborhood in Yaoundé.
It is the largest mosque in Central Africa and houses a library, a school and conference hall. It is a major assembly ground for Muslims all over the city, especially during festivities. The area is known for its beautiful fabrics and you can enjoy tasty grilled chicken, and soya, sold on a stick.
3. Bois Sainte Anastasie
Bois Sainte Anastasie is a very beautiful and clean amusement park located in the city center at the Warda crossroads. It has an amusement park: a calm, relaxing green space, where you can take a walk, read or meditate while enjoying the EKOZOA river, or the catching statue of a “Thinker”. The park has a variety of beautiful flowers and trees.
There is also a restaurant called “Restaurant du Bois Sainte Anastasie” which opens every day from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The price of the regular buffet is 5,000F from Monday to Saturday and 6500F on Sunday. Your security is also guaranteed as there is a police service in the park. There are toilet facilities and a newspaper stand. You can equally take as many pictures as you want at the beautiful park.
Bois Sainte Anastasie is open every day from 8:30 am to 9 pm. The entrance fee is just 100F per person.
2. National Museum
It is located at the grand white villa that used to serve as the presidential palace in Yaoundé.
The museum which is built on an area of 5,000m square symbolizes the regeneration and rebirth of Cameroonian culture. It boasts of about thirty equipped rooms housing: Cultural symbols of Cameroon like traditional masks, musical instruments (mvet, castagnattes, sanza, bells).
It also harbors a giant canva produced by 12 African artists, and offered in Cameroon in 2014. There, you will also find Cameroonian national emblems like the coat of arms, national flag with anthem in literary and musical versions, maps showing the various changes in the area of Cameroon as well as photographic catalogs of the last 50 years of Cameroon (10 years per room with a summary of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events that have marked this period.
You will also find portraits of Cameroonian nationalists, renowned athletes and musicians as well as all those who have marked the political history of Cameroon since independence. The museum also has copies of the constitution, archaeological discoveries, heritage clothing and costume exhibitions from all ten regions.
The museum opens every day from 9am-6pm and price for a tour is 10,000 FCFA.
1. The Reunifcation Monument
The reunification monument is located in the capital city of Cameroon, Yaoundé, a few meters from the national assembly and opposite the embassy of France. It was built in the early 1970s to celebrate the reunification of Cameroon.
The striking 1970 monument shaped like a conical spiral represents two spiraling snakes merging heads, along with an old man with a torch and five children around it. You can get a great view of the city if you climb the top.
At the top of the tower, the meeting point of the East and West entrances, symbolizing the perfect unity of the two English-speaking and French-speaking regions. There is also a mini museum inside the monument where you can find several beautiful works of arts and learn a few things about the Cameroonian culture as well.
This is an iconic place to visit in Yaoundé and you can as well go with your family if they are around, they are bound to enjoy this place.