Top ChoicePalace in Foumban

Palais Royal

The must-see attraction is the sultan's palace, home to the 19th sultan of the Bamoun dynasty. It has a fascinating, well-organised museum providing great historical insight into the region. At the time of...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Bandjoun

Chefferie

Approached via a ceremonial gate, the compound is centred on a hugely impressive bamboo building, its conical thatched roof supported by wooden pillars carved with figures from secret societies, former chiefs,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Yaoundé

Musée de la Blackitude

If time is short, give the overpriced National Museum a miss, and take a passionately well-informed tour (French only) of this private collection. It’s a homage to Cameroon’s tribal heritage, in particular the...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Yaoundé

Mefou National Park

A 45-minute drive south of Yaoundé, Mefou is run by Ape Action Africa, an organisation established to protect primates in Cameroon. Well-informed guides will show you gorillas, drills, chimps and mandrills living...

Palace in The Ring Road

Fon's Palace

Fon's Palace

Just north of Bamenda is the large Tikar community of Bafut, traditionally the most powerful of the Grassfields kingdoms. The fon's (local chief's) palace here is home to the representative of a 700-year-old...

Gardens in Limbe

Botanical Gardens

Limbe's Botanical Gardens, the second oldest in Africa, are the home of, among others, cinnamon, nutmeg, mango, ancient cycads and an unnamed tree that locals describe as 'African Viagra'. There's a small...

Zoo in Limbe

Limbe Wildlife Centre

Limbe Wildlife Centre

Many zoos in Africa are depressing places, but the Limbe Wildlife Centre is a shining exception. It houses rescued chimpanzees, gorillas, drills and other primates in large enclosures, with lots of interesting...

Nature Reserve in Campo

Parc National de Campo-Ma'an

Campo-Ma'an comprises 7700 sq km of protected biodiverse rainforest, sheltering many wonderful plants and animals, including buffaloes, forest elephants, leopards, gorillas and mandrills. The park is being...

Waterfall in Kribi

Chutes de la Lobé

The Chutes de la Lobé are an impressive set of waterfalls that empty directly into the sea – it's a beautiful sight. Take a moto-taxi (CFA500), or make a trip with Urbain Mandoua, who can arrange a lunch of sole,...

Cathedral in Yaoundé

Nôtre Dame Cathedral

The honking of Yaoundé's traffic merges with the sound of prayer and song at Nôtre Dame Cathedral. It's a bold triangular building, consecrated in 1955, with a stunning Afrocentric mosaic above the altar.

Museum in Yaoundé

Musée National

Located in a grand white 1930s villa – a former presidential palace – the museum provides a thorough, if overpriced, trip through Cameroon's history. Guides in each room are eager to show you every artefact, the...

Market in Yaoundé

Marché Central

The market is housed in a dramatic brutalist building in central Yaoundé, with towering floors of fabric and garment sellers and a bank of tailors. It can feel overwhelming, but select some fabric, get measured...

Square in Yaoundé

Place de l'Indépendance

A dramatic expression of independent Cameroon, this huge square is fronted by Yaoundé's Hôtel de Ville (town hall) and edged by flower beds and proudly African statues. The building of Afriland First Bank is a...

Museum in Yaoundé

Musée d'Art Camerounais

At the Benedictine monastery on Mt Fébé, north of Yaoundé's city centre, the Musée d'Art Camerounais has three exhibition rooms with an impressive collection of masks, bronze- and woodwork and other examples of...

Museum in Douala

Espace Doual'art

Well worth dropping into if you're nearby in Douala, this contemporary art space hosts changing displays of work from all over Cameroon and the rest of Africa. There's a cafe here too, and it's a good...

Notable Building in Yaoundé

Afriland First Bank

Africa First Bank is a highlight of Yaoundé's Place de l'Indépendance, with its colourful mosaics depicting tribal figures and Egyptian scenes, and a metal gate with a mask motif.

Arts Centre in Bandjoun

Bandjoun Station

Dramatically decorated with mosaics, this arts centre and workshop boldly announces itself. The centre supports the work of local contemporary artists.

Cathedral in Douala

Cathedral

Built in 1936, Douala's cathedral is impressively large, though plain inside and out.