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About Yaounde

Yaounde is situated in Cameroon. Yaounde backpacking tours offer a fascinating blend of culture, markets, and cathedrals, with excellent sight seeing opportunities to be enjoyed.


Yaounde airports include:
•Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport


Yaounde birdlife is fairly rich, despite the threat of habitat loss which has caused a marked decrease in certain species. There are a large number of endangered or near extinct species of bird in Cameroon, and Yaounde is the ideal central location to explore the country's top birding hotspots.


As the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde conservation efforts often form the basis for nationwide conservation groups such as the Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Mvog-Vetsi Zoo and Mefou National Park in conjunction with the Cameroon government.


Yaounde malaria medication includes the following:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


Yaounde recommended travel books include:
•Banking hours are Monday to Friday from 07h30 to 15h30
•Cameroon's currency is the CFA Franc and centimes
•Visa cards are accepted in some restaurants and shops
•Currency can be converted at select foreign exchange facilities
•There are Western Union branches across the city
•Be very careful of scams offering adoption, wildlife or birds


Yaounde plant life is fairly rich, as is Cameroon as a country. Yaounde is the main distribution and production hub for a number of key crops including coffee, cocoa, copra, sugar cane, and rubber.

Safety Tips

•Carjackings, muggings, robberies and petty theft can occur in the city
•The suburbs of La Briquetterie, Mokolo and Mvog-Ada and Mont Febe are particularly dangerous
•Ensure that car doors are locked when traveling
•City taxis generally do not have basic safety procedures such as seat belts or general road worthiness
•Bafoussam-Yaounde roads can be dangerous - do not travel after dark

Travel Books

Yaounde recommended travel books include:
•Culture and Customs of Cameroon by John Mukum Mbaku
•Cameroon: The Bradt Travel Guide by Ben West
•Saving the forest birds of Cameroon by Jean-Paul Decoux
•Cameroon and Gabon Travel Map by ITMB Publishing
•Cameroon in Pictures by Jim Hathaway


A large number of game species can be seen at Mefou National Park, which is situated about an hour away from Yaounde and the Mvog-Betsi Zoo which is home to a large collection of primates. Common Cameroon animal species include gorillas, chimpanzee, baboons and other species.


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