Yaoundé

Yaoundé

Etymology

Yaoundé (US /ˌjɑːʊnˈdeɪ/, UK /jɑːˈʊndeɪ, -ˈuːn-/; French pronunciation: ​[ja.unde]; German: Jaunde) is the capital of Cameroon and, with a population of approximately 2.5 million, the second largest city in the country after the port city Douala. It lies in the centre of the nation at an elevation of about 750 metres (2,500 ft) above sea level. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Netsquared Yaounde : Technology for a Global Change – This is a social gathering of talented young men and women that have a passion for change. A change that can affect a generation and its extending future. This changes come through challenges that they face in their communities and even to areas that their imaginations can draw to. [meetup]

Odoo Cameroun – Join us to learn more about the Odoo software (former OpenERP). If you simply want to know the functional aspects (basic and advanced), or be able to develop modules adapted for your company or for your customers, this group is for you. [meetup]

PrestaShop – Yaoundé Ecommerce Meetup – PrestaShop comes to meet the Cameroonian Community! Come and exchange with many merchants and developers the best tips, tricks and latest news around the online commerce and e-commerce software Open-source PrestaShop. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Cameroon African Girls – Meet a lovely girls from Cameroon. Free dating service. Girls online. [cameroon african girls]

Topface – A fast and easy way to date in Yaoundé, Centre Province, Cameroon. No registration needed, login using Facebook or Vkontakte , use apps for iOS and Android to be online more often. [topface]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Tour By Locals – Experience Douala and Yaounde through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour ‘suggestions’ – each can be customized just for you. [tours by locals]

Urban Adventures – City sites, a handicraft market, a religious icon, and a pit stop at a local spot — this Yaoundé tour gives you all the highlights so that you’ll know the city like a local in just a day! You’ll see buildings that hold the politics of Cameroon, learn about the independence of West Africa, visit a monastery, and then look down at it all from the peak of one of the highest points in the city. [urban adventures]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Breakfast At La Sintra – For a mixture of both traditional and western cuisine head to La Sintra where you can also enjoy their full breakfast menu. Sit on the terrace, sip on their delicious coffee, and watch the people of the city pass you by and get their day started. [afk insider]

Buy Souvenirs At Centre Artisanal – This government-run establishment is a great place to pick up a bargain on some local traditional art. Centre Artisanal is also known for its haggling, so don’t be put off by the high sticker prices – you can get half the price if you try. [afk insider]

Check Out The Reunification Monument – The Reunification Monument in Yaoundé represents the reunification of Cameroon in 1984 after Paul Biya became president. Cameroon was renamed from The United Republic of Cameroon to The Republic Of Cameroon. [afk insider]

Dance The Night Away At Club Safari – Put on your dancing shoes and head to Club Safari. From hip hop to house, this club plays it all, and is usually packed with locals who are looking for a good night out on the town. [afk insider]

Eat At Patisserie Select Plus – From a bakery selling a variety of freshly baked goods to a kitchen making delicious light meals and great coffee, Patisserie Select Plus is definitely a cafe worth trying. Treat yourself to a croissant and coffee on the go, or take a seat and enjoy their popular burger and pizza. [afk insider]

Enjoy A Traditional Cuisine At La Forêt Dense – Even though La Forêt Dens is a bit pricey compared to other traditional restaurants, you’re guaranteed only the best food. The restaurants setting is beautiful and upscale, with a menu including all traditional favourites including ndolé and crocodile mbongo. [afk insider]

Explore Mfoundi Market – One of the largest markets in Yaoundé, Mfoundi Market is situated in the centre of the city. Vendors sell anything from clothing to food and it is a great place to get a taste of how locals do things. [afk insider]

Go To Church Outside Paroisse de NDzong Melen – An amazing tradition that happens every Sunday is the open-air mass that takes place outside the Paroisse de NDzong Melen. Even though the service is in Ewondo, you definitely enjoy the amazing drumming, dancing and choral music. Don’t forget to put on your Sunday best to fit in with the locals. [afk insider]

Take A Trip To Lobeke National Park – Located in the Congo Basin, this amazing national park is on the border between the Central African Republic and the Republic of the Congo. You’ll be able to spend the night, go on walks, and see amazing birdlife. [afk insider]

View More Amazing Art At Musée Afhemi – Home to more regional artwork, Musée Afhemi is a private residence that has English tours (if you call in advance), friendly owners who often invite guests for lunch and amazing artworks that date back more than 900 years. The artworks including ritual and ceremonial masks, statues, and royal beds are rich in tradition. [afk insider]

Viewing Cameroon’s Art At Musée d’Art Camerounais – For a good introduction to the city’s art, history, and culture, head to the the Musée d’Art Camerounais. This museum has an amazing collection of pottery, masks, and wooden and bronze sculptures. Make sure to check out some of the nearby souvenir shops to buy a replica of your favourite art work. [afk insider]

Visit The Benedictine Monastery – Situated on the slope of Mont Febe is The Benedictine Monastery. One of Yaoundé’s most popular tourist attractions, the religious institution has a museum that has a wide variety of Cameroonian traditional art collections. [afk insider]

Visit The Blackitude Museum – Opened in 2000, the Blackitude Museum is an ethnographic museum in Yaoundé. Cameroon. The museum was created to preserve the remains of the artistic heritage in Cameroon. A member of the royal family carefully protected and preserved the collections of art objects which were given to Cameroon by kings of different chiefdoms. [afk insider]

Visit The Mvog-Betsi Zoo – A great way to get up close to Cameroon’s wildlife is at the Mvog-Betsi Zoo. One of the best zoos in West Africa, Mvog-Betsi Zoo is run by the British non-profit Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund. Almost all the animals (including gorillas and chimps) have been rescued from the bushmeat trade and poachers. You can also see exotic birds, lizards, snakes, hyenas and lions. [afk insider]

Watch Soccer At The Sport Palace – If you’re lucky enough to be in this city when a soccer match is scheduled, then book a ticket and head to the game. Cameroon is a soccer-crazy nation, and fans head to the The Sport Palace to watch their favourite team in their thousands. [afk insider]

Festivals

Festivals

Festi-Bikutsi – The 18th edition of the Festi-Bikutsi will be held from 21 to 26 November 2016, at Camp Eneo in Essos in Yaoundé. [crtv]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Price isn’t that expensive, a single ticket Bertoua will cost you around 4000 cfa (6euro).
The departure of the first bus is around 06.30h-07.00h and the next busses leave the station when they’re completely full and packed up. [virtual tourist]

Taxi – You can find this ugly yellow vehicles all around the city. Prices vary from 100cfa(15€ cent) for a shared taxi short distance and each time + 100 cfa the further you go. Travelling solo will cost you min 2000 cfa for a city destination of your choise. [virtual tourist]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Yaoundé Tech Meetup – Amateurs and Professionals of Web and Mobile Application Development in Yaoundé. Every month, experiences feedback and web application discovery & amp; Mobile developed by Cameroonians. [meetup]

Yaoundé WordPress Meetup – We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living and Working in Yaoundé – Are you an expat living in Yaoundé? You will surely come across many questions, such as ʺWhat documents does the Cameroonian aliens department require for a work permit?”, ʺWhat’s the most popular type of Cameroonian music in local nightlife?ʺ, or ”What can other expats recommend for expat insurance providers in town?” [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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