Welcome to Bamenda
The capital of Northwest Province, Bamenda, is a dusty sprawl that tumbles down a hill at an altitude of more than 1000m. With plenty of traveller amenities, it's a good jumping-off point for exploring the Ring Road circuit. The colonial Upstation district is the cooler, more residential area of town, while downtown is frenetic and commercial. If you're coming from Douala, you'll see some impressive views of town as you descend the hill. Bamenda has also traditionally been a centre of political opposition to President Biya; rival party the Social Democratic Front (SDF) was founded here.