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11 Best Things to Do in Douala

Discover some of the best experiences in Cameroon’s largest city and its economic capital, Douala. With a major international airport, and being home to Central Africa’s largest port, locals and tourists alike look for information on the best things to do and see in Douala. Of course, you want to discover the main attractions such as Doual’art, Maritime Museum of Douala, Marché des Fleurs, but you also want to discover the hidden gems of Douala, the most beautiful park in Douala or most romantic places in Cameroon like Kribi and Limbe.

1. Maritime Museum of Douala

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Musée Maritime de Douala | Photo: Musée Maritime du CNCC

The Maritime Museum of Douala is one of Cameroon’s most renowed museums and a historic landmark. Located at the Rue de l’Hôpital in the Bonanjo administrative district within a walking distance from the Centre des Affaires Maritimes and Douala, the museumcollects, preserves and exhibit works and objects of importance relating to the maritime history of Cameroon. With thousands of visitors each year, the Maritime Museum of Douala is one of the tourist most visited places in the city. 

Location: 1588, Douala, Cameroon 

2. Cathedral of St Peter and Paul Bonadibong

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Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Douala | Photo: Ashima Wanders

Located opposite the Mbappe Lepe stadium, the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul Bonadibong is a very nice place to visit in Douala. An imposing Roman Catholic Cathedral, typical of neo-roman architecture, with two twin towers surround the central front. Built in 1936, the Cathedral of Douala is actually an important piece of the historical monuments of Cameroon, based on the legacy of the fathers Pallotins.

Location: Rue Joss, Douala, Cameroon 

3. A day trip to Kribi

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Sunset in Kribi, Cameroon – Photo: Goldines

Regarded as home to Cameroon’s best beaches, Kribi, is one of the best natural destinations in the country as well as one of the most romantic destinations in Cameroon. This Cameroonian resort town is 3 hours drive from Douala. When visiting Kribi, it is important have a local who will accompany and guide to explore the history and nature, a perfect opportunity to learn a little more about this unique place. The Chutes de la Lobé and white sand beaches are just a few of the more famous things this town has to offer, of course, fresh fish is always on the menu. Lobé Falls is as postcard perfect or better yet, Insta-worthy perfect as they come!

4. Eat African Food in Douala

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Local dish at Saga Africa Restaurant | Photo: Marie Simone N

If you are looking for where to eat African Food in Douala, the Saga Africa Restaurant, is perhaps the most popular African food restaurant in Douala, and for good reason. The restaurant is about much more than just African dishes and local classics, it is also a great spot for Chinese and pasta dishes. This place is definitely worth the splurge for every foodie visiting Douala.

Location: Boulevard de la Liberté – AKWA 237 Douala, Cameroon 

5. Marché des Fleurs

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Cameroonian flag and handicrafts at Douala Marche Des Fleurs | Photo: Myriam Coulibaly

Travelers in Douala come to Marché des Fleurs for artistic inspiration, colorful sights, and local vibes. Probably the best place to go souvenir shopping in Douala. This local market is a major attraction among tourists, offering unique artwork, sculptures, and other artifacts made by local artists. When in Douala, a visit to this place can serve you as a tool to observe handicrafts of Cameroon.

Location: Marché des fleurs, Douala, Cameroon 

6. Parcours Vita

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Beautiful nature at Parcours Vita Bonamoussadi, Douala | Photo: Nkwetche

Douala’s Parcours Vita is an ideal destination for the fitness fanatic. A vast sports park and fitness complex offering everything from soccer and cycling, to aerobics and gymnasium, as well running and hiking routes. There’s no shortage of fun outdoor activities. Here, hiking enthusiasts can enjoy one of the various of hiking trails that are easily accessible. All offer great views and a glimpse into Cameroon’s unique nature. For anyone who loves sweating, this is a great place to meet people who also love fitness and make new friends in Douala, Cameroon.

Location: Parcours Vita Park and Garden 

7. Doual’art

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Portraits of Cameroonian national heroes at Doual’art Museum | Photo: Yepmobeast

Doual’art is a contemporary art center, and one of the most visited museums in Douala after the Maritime Museum of Douala. Founded in 1991, this is a place where African cultures are promoted and celebrated in Cameroon’s economic capital. Enjoy an exhibition or public art or workshops to discover the most gorgeous Cameroonian and African contemporary urban art and new urban practices of African cities.

Location: Place du Gouvernement, Douala, Cameroon 

8. A day trip to Limbe

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Beach day in Limbe, Cameroon | Photo: Lee Litumbe

Limbe is Cameroon’s best kept secret destinations filled with dramatic landscapes and idyllic Atlantic beaches. It is popular with both foreign and local tourists, and visited every year by travellers from all over the world. This beach town in western Cameroon is only 2 hours drive from Douala. Once there, treat yourself to an unforgettable experience at Down Beach, black sand beach offering some of the best views of Mount Cameroon. Limbe is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Cameroon. Must-see in Limbe include Limbe Botanic Garden and Limbe Wildlife Centre.

9. Parc Bonanjo

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Parc Bonanjo in Douala | Photo: Danfantheman

Are you a nature lover and want to discover Douala‘s most beautiful park and sceneries? Located in centre of Bonanjo administrative district of Douala, Parc de Bonanjo, this park offers incredible attractions for a day of outdoor fun. A perfect destination for nature and trekking lovers. 

Location: Parc Bonanjo Park and Garden 

10. Explore Douala after Dark

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Le Discophage, Douala | Photo: Alyakoueri

As one of Cameroon’s major cities, it’s no surprise that Douala offers up a dazzling selection of nightclubs and nightlife. Unwind with a few drinks at some of the city’s best bars and night clubs, including Le Discophage and Club O, and gamble at one of the city’s most infamous casinos, the Treasure Hunter Casino. 

Location: Rue Toyota, Douala, Cameroon 

11. Visit the Nkoulouloun Market

Immersive yourself in the daily Cameroonian life by visiting Nkoulouloun Market, one of the markets locals frequent the most. You will explore the market and be immersed in culture, cuisine, and history. Here, prices are merely a suggestion, so you’ll have to barter like a local. It’s definitely worth a trip if you want get some African fabrics and spices. 

Location: Boulevard Des Nations Unies, Douala, Cameroon 

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