Cheap Flights to Yaoundé, Cameroon
- Area (total) : 180km² (70 sq mi)
- Area Code : +237 and number
- Currency : Central African Franc (CFA)
- Population (total) : 2,440,462 (2012)
- Official Languages : French, English
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST): CEST (UTC+1)
- Airport : Yaoundé Nsimalen Int. Airport (YAO)
‘YAO’ is located approximately 20km from the city centre. Available transport comprises taxis, a few hotel shuttles and rental vehicles that include ‘Avis’ and others.
Travellers can fly to ‘YAO’ from Johannesburg with the following airlines:
- Kenya Airways (via Nairobi, Douala) 11h 55m+
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 12h 0m+
- South African Airways (via Harare) 16h 5m+
Additional airlines touching down at ‘YAO’ include:
- Air Cote D’Ivoire
- Air France
- Brussels Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Etihad Airways
- United Airlines
Reasons to Visit Yaoundé, Cameroon:
- Capital city of Cameroon, Yaoundé is second largest after the port city of Douala. Most of the city’s economy is focused on its civil and diplomatic services, affording a higher degree of security and standard of living. Primary industries comprise dairy products, tobacco, beer, lumber, glass items and clay besides being the regional distribution hub for cocoa, coffee, rubber, sugar cane and copra.
- The ‘Jeundo’ (German) outpost was founded between the Nyong and Sanaga rivers during the latter 1880s by German explorers and occupied by botanist Georg August Zenker as an agricultural research station named ‘Jaunde’ after the local ‘Ewondo’ people. It also served as a base for the rubber and ivory trade in the area.
- The city’s architecturally pleasing buildings are situated amidst a splendid lush hilly area and being 750m above sea level, the city is wonderfully cool. Meander through colourful, vibrant open-air markets with friendly locals and explore the importance of dancing in the Cameroonian culture by popping into a few nightclubs that offer a variety of music that includes hip hop, salsa, African jams and disco. The city has a number of large eateries that dish up traditional and international dishes at good prices, but also savour an authentic Cameroonian meal by ordering roasted chicken with ground peanuts or feast on fresh fish or lobster from a street stall that costs next to nothing.
- The city affords just over 20 hotels, more B&Bs and Inns, over 50 Speciality Lodgings and just under 30 holiday rentals and apartments. Hotels comprise luxury, mid-range and budget. For the elite there’s the ‘Hilton Yaoundé’ with a casino and located in the heart of Yaoundé. Mid-range offering good value for money are the ‘Hotel La Falaise’ or ‘Hotel Merina Yaoundé’ and for budget, ‘Hotel Mansel’ provides good food while ‘Hotel Le Diplomate’ affords ordinary accommodation but is well located. Hostels comprise ‘Hotel Roi David’ and ‘La Colombe’.
When to Visit Yaoundé, Cameroon:
Ideal months are January and December although Yaoundé is hot for most of the year it’s also wet from February to November. The warmest months are January to May, November and December with October being the wettest. January is most favourable with record highs of 37°C while December affords average evening temperatures of 22°C.
Places to Visit Yaoundé, Cameroon:
- The ‘Notre Dame des Victoires’ cathedral built in the 20th century is the seat of the archdiocese of Yaoundé.
- The ‘Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apôtres’ is a lovely, symmetrical church building that was constructed on the site of first missionary church in the country.
- The ‘Musée d’Art’ forms part of the city’s Benedictine monastery and enlightens visitors to the country’s culture, history and art. A noteworthy piece is the brass sculpture, the ‘Great Maternal Figure’ with replicas available for purchase from all souvenir stores. Visit the monastery’s chapel that displays a beautiful exhibit of traditional textiles and crafts from around the country.
- Visitors glean much at the impressive ‘Le Musée National de Yaoundé’ on the country’s culture and national history.
- The ‘Musée Afhemi’ affords regional artworks and is housed in a private residence. Arrange a tour in advance with an English guide and don’t be surprised if you’re invited for lunch by the friendly owner.
- The ‘Centre Artisanal’ is where to purchase local handicrafts from a great collection and if you’re good at haggling, you’ll get great deals.
- Enjoy a Sunday morning of dancing, drumming and divine choral music outside the ‘Paroisse de N’Djong Melen’, one of the city’s main traditions and even if you don’t understand the service conducted in Ewondo, you’ll still appreciate the wonderful atmosphere and to fit in, dress your best!
- The ‘Mvog-Betsi Zoo’ managed by the non-profit British ‘Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund’ is one of the best in West Africa and home to many rescued primates that includes lions, hyenas, snakes, lizards and exotic birds.
- Close to the ‘National Museum’ is the beautiful ‘Bois Sainte Anastasie’ park with pathways and manicured hedges that costs just a few cents to enter and affords respite from the noisy, polluted city. Listen to the birds or have an African meal at the restaurant. Don’t take photos unless you’re prepared to pay.
- The tiny private ‘Blackitude Museum’ is not easy to find but certainly well worth looking for. Comprising just one room it displays a variety of outstanding pieces of art that include sculptures, musical instruments, masks and more.
- The story of unification behind the ‘Monument de la Reunification’ is wonderful and it’s a great symbol for Cameroonians.
- The statue of Charles Atangana who was born in 1883 and died in 1943 is located in an attractive lush area, but provides no information on the man himself.
- Take a worthy 45-minute drive to the ‘Mefou National Park’ that’s operated by ‘Ape Action Africa’ and view with knowledgeable guides, drills, chimps, mandrills and gorillas in natural surroundings. If raining, check ahead that the park is open.
- Known for its elephants is ‘Parc National du Waza’. To get there take the train to Waza and then rent a vehicle or bush taxi to get to the park.
Getting Around Yaoundé:
Yellow shared taxis can be seen everywhere and they’re inexpensive. They can be waved down and for a little extra money you can be transported alone.
There are plenty of these 125cc motorcycle taxis that travel really fast. They cost less but are not at all safe.
Vehicles can be rented from ‘Avis’, ‘Global Vision Travels’ and other local rental companies.