Cities of Cameroon


The unitary republic of central and western Africa, the Republic of Cameroon covers a total area of 475,442 sq km. Referred to as "Africa in miniature" or its geological and cultural diversity, the cities of Cameroon attract tourists in large number. The main natural features of the cities of Cameroon include beaches, mountains, rainforests, deserts and savannas.

The following are a list of major cities of Cameroon:

  • Douala
  • Yaoundé
  • Bamenda
  • Garoua
  • Kousséri

Douala: The capital city of Cameroon's Littoral Province and also the largest city in Cameroon, geographically it coordinates 4°3'N, 9°41'E. One of the well known cities of Cameroon, its home to the largest port and also the cities major international airport, the Douala Airport. The commercial capital of the country, it manages most of the country's major exports, such as cocoa, oil and coffee, as well as trade to or from Chad. The countries largest market, the Eko Market is also situated here.

Yaoundé: The capital of Cameroon and the second largest city in the country after Douala, Yaoundé lies in the centre of the nation at about 750 m above the sea level. Situated on a hilly forested plateau between the Sanaga and the Nyong River in the south-central part of the country, geographically it coordinates 3°52'N, 11°31'E. One of the popular cities of Cameroon it's the regional distribution center for coffee, sugar cane, cacao, copra and rubber. Other major industries include cigarettes, dairy products, clay, glass goods, breweries, and lumber.

Bamenda: Popularly known as 'Abakwa' by its inhabitants, Bamenda is a city in north-western Cameroon and the capital of the North West Province. Known as the 'Mankon Town', it's an amalgamation of three villages viz the Mankon, Mendakwe and Nkwen. With an estimated 446,000 inhabitants, Bamenda is known for its cool climatic condition and scenic hilly location.

Garoua: Lying in the Benue River with an estimated 490,000 inhabitants, Garoua is the capital of the North Province of Cameroon and an important river port. A center of trade of this agricultural region, the city has textile processing facilities and also an important international airport with direct flights to Paris via Cameroon Airlines. An oasis of green in the heart of the bush it's a famous tourist hub besides being the birthplace of the first President of Cameroon Ahmadou Ahidjo.

Kousséri: One of Cameroon's major cities, Kousséri or Fort-Foureau lies on the border with Chad, across the Chari River from N'Djamena. With the population increasing at 10% per year, this market town is developing extremely fast. The city of the Shrimps, the village in 1900 saw a decisive battle between the local forces and the French colonialists were the victory of the French secured their rule over Chad.