A good afternoon's drive would be to the mountainside town of Buea via Limbe, about one and half hours from Douala's city center. Buea is perhaps the highest village on Mt. Cameroon, which also means it will probably be the first to go next time the volcano erupts. Regardless, Buea is an old town with some German architectural influences that...more
41 Reviews and Opinions
The Broadway is somewhat of an institution located in one of the posher areas of Douala.One section of it is a restaurant which does seafood so great even Tony the tiger would be speechless, in the other section of the restaurant is a bar with a large stage at one end and an upstairs viewing platform looking down onto the people below, local...more
Confidential area, smooth and for friends who know that it exists. Very good Music Band will play for you. People will take care of you, and any food is perfect. You will eat quietly, on chairs or sofa. Meat, Fish, ... european good cooking. Feel like in your private place where anybody know each other. You can have a drink at the Bar before, or...more
Another great meal in Douala…the German Seamen’s mission serves up grilled sausages and other meats each night in the open-air courtyard of the mission and Wednesday nights they even have potato salad…but then again nothing goes better with the grilled foodstuffs than an ice cold pint of “33.”more
The Medi offers up pretty good grub for cheap, cheap…nice pasta dishes, good pizzas and excellent salads (love those Cameroon tomatoes) top the menu and it’s hard to beat the covered open-air patio. With all overhead fans blowing air down on you, one might even forget they are sitting just six degrees north of the equator… The Salad Greque...with...more
The Colonial is an open air restaurant with set behind an old "colonial" facade....the place serves up surf and turf with a local flare with excellent views of the Western sky over the Atlantic Ocean and the fishmen in their dugout canoes on the Wouri River... The seafood is pretty good, the portions of the Captaine are large and meaty...the Sole...more
It's a nice, no hassle bar / restaurant with a great band. I've been trying to get to this bar as often as possible, just for the live music. The band comes in about 10:00 pm nightly and starts off with some excellent instrumental (keys, guitar, drums, bass) and after a while s few singers join in, doing covers (and doing them very well). So far La...more
Oh, YES !!! The band is extra !!! Very good live music : Jazz, Blues, African, R and B, and every thing you need to spend a good night. Every body can sing, dance, drink, eat, meet other people and just simply, ... ENJOY. You will never stay alone for a long time in there where every body know each other. People are nice, kind, friendly, and ......more
The Broadway is a nice little local pub masked as a restaurant/cabaret and set in one of the "better" neighborhoods in Douala...in fact the second time I was in Douala I stayed at a house just two doors down from the Broadway, which made it a bit too convenient...Bowman (a.k.a. the bleeder) and I started frequenting the place throughout the week,...more
Quite possibly my favorite nightspot in Douala, especially for live music the Senat is the place to go. The Senat features live jazz, good local beers and so much single malt whiskey you'd think you were in Scotland. The house band is tight and seems to be led by this dude who looks like a young version of Miles Davis.There is also a great...more
What an original name, eh!!! This place is somewhat upscale for the typical Douala nightspot and like a lot of places, “the club” often boasts live music…The place has gone through a bit of a make over since my first trip to Douala and for the better, though it wasn't bad before…the pools tables are still there and the bar still serves up cold “33”...more
This is what you might call a nightfighter bar. Mega Slots (a.k.a. Mega Sluts) is two floors of fun and excitement. On the first floor, there are several gaming machines (i.e. coin operated slot machines), which nobody seems to play... The real action is on the second floor, which features a disco on one side and a bar on the other (and somewhere...more
AIrport tax on departure at 10,000 CFA.
taxis appear to charge 2000 CFA for everything if you let them, but negociate hard with them, depending on the journey length this can be knocked to just 400-500cfa.
vaccine card on arrival is a con, easy if you have a vaccine card if not, again negociate hard.!!
walking around felt safe enough and i didnt feel over concerned at any point even at night, although some areas are obviously more touristic traps than others.
marche de fluers is a must for souvenirs, wood objects etc. a nice area to walk around (behind the flower stalls).i didnt feel anything for the area around akwa palace (rue de liberty etc) lots of varied shops were in this area but aside from one major sports shop the majority were over priced and were not worth visiting. the sports shop (the name...more
There plenty of local markets everywhere you go in Douala where one can find local art, mostly wood cravings and jewelry. Also, do yourself a favor and sample the local tomatoes, they're excellent... If you're lucky and looking for that special something to give you a little juju, get yourself a Bacongo or Powerman... Haggle 'em down to at least...more
Driving around Douala is not as dicey as one might think and certainly not as bad as other, more congested and over crowded, African cities. However, keep your papers about you…road blocks are frequently set up by the police or military to check identification, and for foreigners, passports and valid visas…but if caught short it’s nothing a few hundred (or thousand) CFA placed in the palm of a hand won’t solve…
If you do spot a road block ahead, another solution is to follow close behind a large truck / lorry through the road block…often times the guards won’t stop the truck and by the time they see your car it’s too late to try to stop you…
Lets face it, if you are a Westerner, you are going to stand out like a sore thumb in Douala. Fact number two, the locals are going to try to do whatever they can to squeak out an existence in this poverty stricken land. Put those two facts together and you have every "shoe clerk" in the city trying to rip you off.
Although Douala really wasn't that bad, my point is that you have to watch your back and realize that you're are in an environment that is not going to protect you from being ripped off. There's a thousand scams going on every minute. I actually had a little kid run up to me, grab a cigar from my shirt pocket and then try to sell it back to me...
It's bloody hot and humid in Douala...duh...it's practically on the equator...but if the mosquitos are out definitely wear pants and long sleeve shirts. Remember, one bite and you're dead...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Did I mention one bite and you're dead...although I am being sarcastic about those malaria spreading b@stards, do bring some heavy duty deet with you and don't bother with malaria medicine, it only hides the effects if you do get it and may trick you into thinking you don't have malaria, thus, putting off that all important visit to Doctor Happi for the real malaria medicine...
Along the coastal road North of Douala and passed the town of Limbe, the road is abruptly cut-off by the last few meters of a lava flow that originated 14 kilometers to the East and up the slopes of Mt. Cameroon during an eruption in March 1999. Although the lava flow is obviously cool enough to climb and walk on some five years after the eruption, locals will tell you that steam still rises from the molten mass of rocks when it rains. The lava flow stopped some 200 meters short of reaching the Atlantic Ocean, disrupting traffic between Batoke and Bakingili. Fortunately, the lava flow did stop; otherwise, traffic would have to detour all away around Mt. Cameroon instead of the short curve of the coastal road around the end of the flow that exists today.
Anyway, the lava flow is remarkable to say the least. As you approach the lava flow driving along the coastal road, this mass of black volcanic rock sits on the road like an impenetrable wall. Climbing the 7 to 10 meters to the top of the lava flow can be somewhat tricky as volcanic rock tends to crumble, but once on top the sight of all the black volcanic rock in this massive flow rising abruptly from the surrounding lush green jungle is incredible. As far as the eye can see, the lava flow extends up the slopes of Mt. Cameroon and just beyond the end of the flow is the dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, quite an awe inspiring sight…
I did not have a visa to enter the country cause there was no office in my point of origin, but like most know... where there is money, there is a way.It really was not too bad, but you need to have someone send a letter to the police or bring with you stating you have been invited. I waited about 2 hrs for my visa and finally got it at 2am! Just...more
With an exterior façade covered in vines opening into a structure with exposed wooden beams, supports and floors and an open deck facing the mouth of the Wouri River, the Colonial is an excellent place for food, beer and watching the sun sink into the Atlantic Ocean on its daily journey to South America…Being at the junction where the Wouri River...more