Top 10 Things to do in Yaounde, Cameroon

February 4, 2018 Alida England

Yaounde, a city of colorful open-air street markets and international embassies, is the second largest metropolis in Cameroon, and the country’s capital. Founded as an ivory trading post, the city still handles the production and distribution of some of the country’s main exports. The city is also a center of Cameroon’s culture, housing the National Museum, the AFHEMI Museum, and the Benedictine Museum of Mont-Febe, all three of which seek to preserve the country’s traditional arts and crafts.
Restaurants in Yaounde

1. Mefou National Park

Mefou | Mefou, Yaounde, Cameroon
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4.5 based on 103 reviews

Mefou National Park

Mefou National Park is home to Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue and rehabilitation centre run by Ape Action Africa. With more than 300 rare and endangered primates in its care, Ape Action Africa is now one of the largest conservation projects of its kind in Africa. Many of the animals arrive at the sanctuary as orphans of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades and are rehabilitated and provided with lifelong care.

Reviewed By Red1020 - Montreal, Canada

Our visit to this sanctuary was amazing, we were met by a volunteer and taken to a visitors center where we met our guide, he explained why the sanctuary exists and how it's run, it was very cool experience, it's unfortunate that we need places...MoreThanks for your feedback. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit!

2. National Museum of Yaounde (Le Musee National de Yaounde)

Yaounde, Cameroon +237 6 99 14 81 47
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4 based on 58 reviews

National Museum of Yaounde (Le Musee National de Yaounde)

Cultural and ecological treasures are housed in this former residence.

Reviewed By BoonieStomper99

An absolute treat! The museum's displays and knowledgeable guides enable us to learn and better understand the peoples of Cameroon. From art, musical instruments, replicas of houses from the various regions, the museum nicely educates visitors on this wonderful country.

3. Benedictine Museum of Mont-Febe

Yaounde, Cameroon +237 6 78 60 51 06
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4 based on 32 reviews

Benedictine Museum of Mont-Febe

Abbias, intricate carvings on a dried fruit shell, are the pride of this small but fascinating museum.

Reviewed By GringoAlto2000 - Hartford, Connecticut

This is a lovely site to get a vast view of the city. Transportation is on your own and yet there are lots of visitors. It is nice to talk to the monks who are kind and welcoming. The Celebration of the Mass is 6 PM and the chapel is quite modern and uplifting. There are other prayer session during the day too.
One should call ahead to make Reservations and accommodations, since groups use the facility for spiritual retreats.
A treat indeed to rest, read and pray.

4. Musee Ethnographique des Peuples de la Foret

Carrefour Elig-Essono., Yaounde, Cameroon +237 6 79 59 17 57
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Musee Ethnographique des Peuples de la Foret

Reviewed By Ronald_jelle - The Hague, The Netherlands

We went today and were the only visitors during our visit. Which was a nice change from the busy streets. For those with a car the museum has it's own parking.
The official prices are CFA 10,000 for foreigners and CFA 5,000 for nationals, however before going it might make a difference if you sent them an email.
The tour takes about 40 minutes and ends in the giftshop. The tour is very interesting and worth a visit. The guide shows a lot and the museum has a nice collection. There is room for improvement but that also has to do with funding, still it was a nice tour and really worth a visit when you are in Yaounde.

5. cathedrale de la paix, North 10, Yaunde, Camerun

Notre Dame des Victoires, Yaounde, Cameroon
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4 based on 14 reviews

cathedrale de la paix, North 10, Yaunde, Camerun

Reviewed By Ronald_jelle - The Hague, The Netherlands

It is close to the Hilton and the ministries... right in the center of town. It is a crowded and busy area where it is not easy to park. All around the Cathedral there are people hanging around and busy trying to sell things.
The building itself is modern and not really that special, or not my taste... It's just that I prefer the older type of churches... for instance the Greec othodox church in Bastos looks nicer, more my type of building.
Still this is the main Cathedral and for people who want to attend a mass one of the better places to do just that.

6. Monument de la Reunification

Boulevard de la Reunification, Yaounde, Cameroon
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3.5 based on 23 reviews

Monument de la Reunification

Reviewed By Robert B - Rosenheim

We went there on the "day of the monument". On this day it's no problem to get in, because it's open for everybody. You can go to the top of the monument and have nice few over Yaoundé. And at the basement (cellar) you see some nice carvings which documents the history of Cameroon. After the visit you can relax at on of the benches.

7. Blackitude Museum

Derrière le Boulevard du 20 Mai, Yaounde, Cameroon
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4 based on 9 reviews

Blackitude Museum

Reviewed By Robert B - Rosenheim

This small museum is worth a visit. It's a privat collection and you get a guiding through the exibition. The price is 2000 CFA. If you want to take photos you have to pay an extra charge of 3000 CFA.
If you just speak english, ask for the director. He speaks english very well.

8. Bois Sainte Anastasie

Carrefour Warda, Yaounde, Cameroon
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3.5 based on 40 reviews

Bois Sainte Anastasie

Reviewed By 127Fred - London, United Kingdom

In a splending setting, this restaurant offers a buffet, which changes little day-to-day, with a collection of 3 wines on offer (2 Bordeaux and a cuvee du chef, also red), although some 10 wines are available. This sets the tone, where no claim to excellence can be said to be on show.
The service was friendly and close to impeccable, though, by coincidence rather than by design. The master of the house, a strong local lady who probably never had top model ambitions, channels customers with the efficiency of a slaughterhouse manager. Various smells, not all of roses, run around the place. Local customers assured me that the food was authentically Cameroonian. This can justify that not all food was fitted to a European spoilt stomach.
The clientele, a mixed of trendy Yaounde people and business people, can also be a good part of the attraction.
In spite of all the originalities above, the relaxed atmosphere can be great, and the experience a good adventure.

9. Mosquee Centrale

Rue 2038, Yaounde, Cameroon
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Mosquee Centrale

Reviewed By Robert B - Rosenheim

Situated in the Briqueterie neighbourhood there's a big mosque called "Mosquée Central, Yaoundé 1952". The mosque including the area around is neat and worth a picture.

10. Ecopark

Face Tradex Ahala, Yaounde, Cameroon +237 6 52 50 18 72
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3.5 based on 5 reviews

Ecopark

Reviewed By Caroline583 - Bar Harbor, Maine

We allocated one day to check out the animal parks in the city. We first went to the other zoo in Yaounde (the name escapes my memory), and afterwards we headed to Ecopark.
The only negative thing about this place was that it was VERY difficult to find. No one seemed to know where it was... But I'm sure that this will soon change as it was a very new area.
We were the only visitors when we came, and unfortunately the clouds began to roll in. We paid for a visit and to take a ride on the horse. Our guide only spoke french (my husband translated almost everything). He knew tons about the animals and informed us that most of them were rescued and brought up by him. This became obvious when he took animals, like the chimp, out of their enclosures, they absolutely loved him. Our guide was so friendly, and offered to take many photos of us. Unfortunately it started to rain and he insisted that we take cover at the restaurant and return for the rest when the weather cleared. The restaurant was very nice, we sat on a porch area and drank a class of wine. It didn't seem like the weather was going to clear after awhile, so our guide came back to us and refunded some of our money.
Overall we were very pleased with the animal experience and the customer service. Highly recommend!

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