Top things to do

Top Choice Palace 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 writing, …
Top Choice Historic 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, dance…
Top Choice Fusion in Buea

Iya

A rarity in Cameroon: a stylish restaurant with warm attentive service. The minimal interior has white walls brightened with feathered hats and geometric basketwork from the northwest highlands. The menu is also tra…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Foumban

Village des Artisans

South of town, the Village des Artisans seems to produce more handicrafts than the rest of Cameroon combined. Get ready for some bargaining and banter – it's well worth it to explore the fine crafts from this wonder…
Top Choice Market in Douala

Marché des Fleurs

A huge, atmospheric complex of roofed stalls selling crafts from around Cameroon, but mainly the grasslands region. You can buy wonderful masks, baskets, jewellery, batik clothes and tablecloths. On the airport-road…
Top Choice International in Douala

La Fourchette

A smart and tasteful option, La Fourchette's menu is out of this world if you're used to the more normal Cameroonian choice of chicken or fish. Here you'll find steak tartare, grilled zebu fillet, goat's-cheese ravi…
Palace in The Ring Road

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 dynasty…
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 visitors c…
Zoo in Limbe

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 infor…
Cultural in Foumban

Nguon tribal festival

A biennial week-long harvest festival which dates back around 600 years; Bamoun culture is celebrated with dance and masquerades.