Although Douala is not the capital of Cameroun, it is its largest city and commercial heart. In addition, the coastal city which sits on the estuary of the Wouri River is home to the country’s largest port, as well as major international airport.
Douala is the capital of Littoral Region and is divided into 7 districts with Akwa being the point where business and commerce and diplomatic life converge.
The history of Douala dates back to 1472 with the arrival of the Portuguese in the area. The name of the country is derived from Wouri River, which was named Rio dos Camarões by the legendary Fernando Pó on seeing such a rich concentration of prawns in the area.
While you may not find much to engage you in Douala, you can be sure to have a good time and loads of fun at nearby destinations like Limbe which is about an hour away. Limbe has lovely beaches, although the sands are black largely from the volcanic activities of Mount Cameroun.
Another nearby place to see is Kribi, designated city of the future by the government of Cameroun. You can enjoy a round of golf at the 9-hole Kribi Golf & Country Club, go chill out at the white-sand beaches, or see the Lobé Fall, one of the few waterfalls in the world that cascades straight into the ocean.