This bungalow you will find deep in the Southeastern corner of Cameroon in the town called Mambélé. There probably are several other places around Cameroon where you’ll find these wooden constructions. Most of the time they are very basis, with facilities for 2 persons. Toilet, beds, douche and don’t forget the balcony to enjoy the scenery or a sundown.
Just a short moto ride from the Grand Marche, the Campement de Flamboyant is the main and probably only (once?) mid range accommodation option in Mokolo. The whole complex, with Boukarous on green and spacious grounds, look awesome from the outside, the rooms themselves however appeared to be disappointing.
Run down, as if it opened 10 years ago and nothing was ever replaced or repaired, not even the basics like the fan and the mosquito net. You wonder why they would leave the ruined and broken down elements in the room instead of just removing them.
Now, that could be acceptable considering the fact that the price has halved over the years; but the layers of dirt and dust on the floor are a paradise for various types of insects and reptiles but that’s not an environment in which African people normally receive their guests, even if they are tourists. And you might want to consider to bring your own set of sheets because the sheets provided were not free of stains and moreover too small to cover the filthy mattress. Or better pitch your own tent inside.
Maybe the problem was that - as far as I could see -, there were no women working. It was harvesting time and all the women may have been sent to the fields. And the Campement may badly suffer from the drop in (overland-) tourist arrivals for several years now due to the security problems in Nigeria and Chad.
To conclude with a few positive points: restaurant has nice terrace, food is OK, staff friendly enough and the garden is beautiful. Price CFA 12000/7000 (ca.EUR 11) with/without AC. AC not really needed.
As so often with lower midrange accommodation in Cameroon: only recommended for one night during transit.
note: In this and in all my reviews, my satisfaction rate partially depends on value for money. During my past travels in Africa, I have been using mostly budget options which often were extremely simple, but more rewarding and clean than many of the so called mid-range option, tourist class, two star whatever they advertise it like the Campement de Flamboyant
After a long, tough day of travelling from Mokolo to Ngaoundéré (9 hours on the road + several hours waiting time), arriving in the dark at a bus depot out of town, I was happy that the moto taxi driver drove me to a nearby hotel he knew.
The Mentong Palace is one in a cluster of a few fairly similar 2 stars hotels along a wide dirt road that connects Garoua Road, just 500 meters north of the train station, with the Commercial Centre near the big Cathedral. It’s the typical lower mid range option, with functioning standard facilities like electricity, a small TV with some local channels, fan – AC is not really needed - , hot water in a spacious bathroom, but otherwise offering a rather depressing environment. Gloomy, poorly painted, worn out furniture, mattresses and pillows. Not much's been done to make it look nice.
Otherwise, it could be better recommendable with its pleasantly shaded outdoor seating areas at the premises. In fact, the complex is huge, and you could suspect from the outside that the owners may have had plans to build the best and largest hotel in town, but it seems to be on hold for long now, while only the small old wing is utilized. By the way, there’s a slightly cheaper and more basic annex across the street.
There’s an OK and very reasonably priced restaurant, with a choice of (the) two standard dishes: rice, spaghetti or potato chips with “Capitaine’ fish or chicken for around cfa 3500.
Reception appeared to be friendly and helpful, permitting me to check out 4 hours late for an extra cfa 2000 (EUR 3), very handy since I took the night train and could store my luggage safely and take a shower just before getting on the train, seriously needed after exploring Ngaoundéré coping with close to 40 degrees Celsius during daytime. By the way, later it appeared that I was the only fresh smelling person on the train so in hindsight I think I might have preferred to smell myself rather than everybody else!
Location wise it has pros and cons as well. Although it’s only 10 minutes to the Grand Marche or 5 minutes to the train station area (by moto taxi, 200cfa), in the evening it’s quite isolated, although there are a couple of nightclubs further along the unlit and potholed road. These look a bit sleazy though and you may need some strong motivation as a tourist to visit them.
Let’s say it’s doable and decent option if you won't stay long (2,5/5).
Price cfa 12000 (EUR 18) per night.
I stayed here before and after my trek on Mount Cameroon, recommended by the Buea Ecotourism Office.
Staff of the Capitol Residence was heartwarmingly friendly and polite.
The rooms, starting at CFA 17k (EUR 26) per night, are decent value. They still look newish (rare in Cameroon!) and clean and have good working AC, satellite TV, and a balcony. Bathrooms have hot water.
Although I shouldn’t suggest this, the rooms offer excellent possibilities to wash your clothes, and quickly dry them with the AC (dry blower option) in case of humid weather outside. Very useful after trekking Mount Cameroon!! That said, surprisingly for such a wet region, running water was not always available during my 2 stays of 1 night each. They explained to have some problem with their supplier, which I guess should be temporary. By the way, I received a small discount on request.
Useful is a computer for guests with free internet near the reception.
The restaurant is in a wing behind the main bar with a noisy TV, as usual mostly entertaining the bored staff. Food is good and service excellent, as you would hope for while spending EUR 10 or so on meals that could be obtained from the stalls and bars just outside the premises for a tenth of the price. Most tourists like me come to Buea to trek to the Mountain summit, and so I was happy to pay more for (I trust) better standards of food preparation.
The location is good as well, near a (night-) market, several local drinking places and simple stores. Moreover its proximity to a main roundabout ensures good transport options.
It’s definitely not the most atmospheric place I ever stayed, but it currently has the best hotel facilities in town, and is perfect for a night or 1-2.
Offering all the amenities of a higher class of establishment thehotel has 160 air-conditioned rooms and a meeting room for organising seminars and conferences. You will also find a restaurant a bar open 24/24 a terrace with a swimming pool and closed parking free and guarded.
it was so fun there! i was there as if i was in a safe place ! it was very wonderful with nice people and openminded services!
• Fitness Centre (Energy club)
• Day spa (Fitness Clinic)
• Semi olympic swimming Pool
• Le Tennis club
• Tiko's Golf
• Tours in the western part of Cameroon
• Day tour in Douala
• Jaunts to Kribi's seaside resort
This is one of the cheapest sleeping facilities you can find.
Most of th time, no electricity, no running water, no privacy, etc...
PRICE: 1500 à 3500cfa
There are so many places to put your tent. When you camp in the wild always ask the local chief his permission and pay a 1000cfa.
There are also hotels with a backyard where you can place your tent, never pay more than 3000cfa.
It is a noisy area, but a nice place for a short term stay.
Free Airport service!!!!!!!
A great Cameroonian Kitchen, here are some examples:
Ndolè a la viande de bœuf 2500 /3.85
Ndolè au poisson fumé 2500 /3.85
Ndolè aux crevettes 4000 /6.17
Folong sauté à la viande de bœuf 2500 /3.85
Folong sauté au poisson fumé 2500 /3.85
Folong sauté aux crevettes 4000 /6.17
Ndomba de porc 3000 /4.62
Ndomba gibier 3500 /5.39
Mbongo de porc 3000 /4.62
Mbongo de gibier 3500 /5.39
Mbongo de poisson 3000 /4.62
Poulet DG 6000 /9.24
We wanted to stay at another hotel but it was booked. Its at the end of a long road so it feels like you are away from the city. The rooms were somewhat clean but comfortable. Staff was very nice.
There was a gentleman who was selling his crafts outside the hotel. I didn't buy anything because I had no idea what good prices where. But it ended up that his were great and I should have done all my shopping with him.
Restaurant (but never ate there), nite club (but did not go). My friend got a special Peace Corps rate so many they have other similar type rates.
This is where you stay when you want to get away from it all and relax. You could just stay here and not even leave the hotel.
The rooms where simple and very clean with air conditioners. The food from the restaurant was great. This is where tourists stay when they come to Doula. I would highly recommend it if the price is right for you.
Pool, restaurant, bar, basketball court, tiny co-op giftshop with local crafts, internet. Staff are very friendly and speak English
I'll start by saying that this hotel was in a great location in Limbe. It was right next to the botanical gardens and a nice walk to the beach where there is lots of seaside food and beer. Also across the street is a bakery where you can buy bread, pizza, watter, soda. Good deal, nice people and a great find.
We found this hotel in our travel guide (Brandt). It had changed since it was written about. There are about 12 bungaloos/huts. Our had tiled floor and 2 double beds, tv and bathroom. The way I see it is that hotel are just places to sleep safely because you'll be spending all your time out and about. There is a pool that I thought was kind of scummy. The Europeans were swimming in it, but it was too cold and rainy for me. There is a nice view of the ocean from the pool deck. The hotel is located on an overlook and you can hear the waves crashing.
When you walk to the beach where all the fisherman are and where there is food, walk along the path closet to the ocean and through the botanical gardens (pay fee to walk through the gardens, but don't pay to take pics).
We took a long walk through the town and it was amazing. We met a rich man educated in the US, we met a taxi driver whose sister works at the hospital I was volunteering at in this tiny village in the NW providence and we met this women who does HIV counseling in a clinic. Cameroonians love to talk!
Fresh sea food
I am currently staying in the Belo Rest House on a long term basis for the duration of my stay. It is clean, has flushing toilets, a gas cooker, fresh sheets and is cheap. There are 8 rooms available however some are taken on a long term basis by volunteers. It is situated in the centre of Belo 3 corners village and has a nice garden. Rooms cost 3000cfa pp/pn
It is central, modern, clean, cheap, and has shower, flushing toilet, gas cooker and nice garden.
From the accommodation i have stayed at in Cameroon i have discovered that the majority are extremely basic, always dirty and usually overpriced for what they are. This is until i discovered the Baptist mission rest houses. Baptist missions are scattered all over the country and usually have a 'rest house'. The rest houses are usually dorm style but rarely have anyone staying in them. The most appealing thing is that they are clean. They always have clean sheets, a flushing toilet and usually hot water. Rooms are usually available at around 3000cfa (approx 3 pounds) per night.
They tend not to have a reception so it's just a case of going into the mission and asking around. Everyone is always very friendly and don't try to preach to you.
I can Reccomend the rest houses in Bamenda, Mbingo and Belo.
Both are 5 star Hotels, situated in Yoaunde, the Capital city of Cameroon.
MONT FEBE: Up to its eleven floors, the Mont F?b? Hotel is located at 950 meters of altitude and dominates the town of Yaounde, political and administrative city of Cameroun.
Modern hosting structures endowed with a pleasant confort and splendids sights of the surrounding mountainous landscapes. The Mont F?b? Hotel combines discretion, charm and prestige.
HILTON:Individual controlled air-conditioning - Direct dial telephone (domestic and international) - Refrigerator/Minibar - Luxuriously fitted bathroom - Rooms for disabled guests - Non-smoking rooms - Balcony in every room - Color television with video channels and satellite pprograms - Radio - Shaver outlets 220/110 volts - Fire protection - sprinklers and smoke detectors - Electric current: 220 volt AC, 50 cycles.
Sort by: Most recent | Most helpful
Top Cameroon hotels