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Douala is located in Cameroon
Map of Cameroon showing the location of Douala.
Coordinates: 04°03′N 009°41′E / 4.05°N 9.683°E / 4.05; 9.683
Country Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon
Province Littoral
Department Wouri
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (2005 estimate)
 - City >2,000,000
 Urban >2,000,000
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+1)

Douala is the largest city in Cameroon and the capital of Cameroon's Littoral Province. Home to Cameroon's largest port and its major international airport, Douala Airport, it is the commercial capital of the country. Consequently, it handles most of the country's major exports, such as oil, cocoa and coffee, timber, metals and fruits.

Douala is the richest city in the whole CEMAC region of 11 countries.



Location of Douala in Cameroon

The city is located on the banks of the Wouri River, the two sides linked by Bonaberi Bridge. Its population in 2008 was recorded at close to 3,000,000. The climate is tropical.

The first Europeans to visit the area were the Portuguese in about 1472. By 1650, it had become the site of a town formed by immigrants from the interior who spoke the Douala language and during the eighteenth century it was center of the transatlantic slave trade. Before coming under German rule in 1884, the town was also known as Cameroons Town; thereafter it became Kamerunstadt ("Camaroon City"), the capital of German Kamerun. It was renamed Douala in 1907 and became part of the French Cameroons in 1919. From 1940 to 1946, it was the capital of Cameroon.

The city is divided into quarters with Akwa and Bonanjo being the most important with Akwa being Douala's nightlife center and Bonanjo its center of commerce and administration. Along the city's main thoroughfare lie some of Cameroon's best restaurants, coffee houses and French-style patisseries; along the waterfront, many bars and bistros may be found, commanding views of the Gulf of Guinea and nearby mangrove swamps. Many of these are frequented by the city's large expatriate population, mainly French or Lebanese, most of whom work in the petroleum industry.

Douala is the 27th most expensive city in the world and the most expensive in Africa, overtaking Lagos, Nigeria at 32nd. It is ranked 27th for 2009, up from 34th in 2008.[1] In 2007 it was ranked 24th in the world and 1st in Africa.[2]


Douala features a tropical monsoon climate, with relatively constant temperatures throughout the course of the year. The city typically features warm and humid conditions. Douala sees plentiful rainfall during the course of the year, experiencing on average roughly 3850 mm of precipitation of rainfall per year. Its driest month is December where on average 33 mm of precipitation falls while its wettest month is August when on average nearly 800 mm of rain falls.

Precipitations Douala.svg
Month J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
[mm] 37 65 175 231 264 426 671 786 601 408 150 33 3847
[°C] 26.8 27.6 27.2 27.0 26.8 25.7 24.8 24.6 25.1 25.5 26.4 26.8 26.2


Douala is linked by rail to Yaoundé, Ngaoundéré, Kumba and Nkongsamba. The Douala Airport is located nearby. The seaport has 8.5m of Draft.

Points of interest

Rond point deido.ogg
  • Hotel Akwa Palace
  • Place du Gouvernement
  • La Pagode
  • Doual'art
  • Joseph-Francis Sumegné, La Nouvelle Liberté, 1996


Sister Cities


  • Brooke, James (1987). "Informal Capitalism Grows in Cameroon." New York Times. November 30.
  • Derrick, Jonathan (1977). "Review of Douala: ville et histoire by René Gouellain." Africa: Journal of the International African Institute. 47:4.
  • Elate, Som Simon (2004). "African Urban History in the Future." Globalization and Urbanization in Africa. Steven Salm and Toyin Falola, eds. Trenton: Africa World Press.
  • Hance, William (1964). The Geography of Modern Africa. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Lambi, C. M. and Hombe, L. F. (2002). "Environmental Hazards and Landuse Planning for Sustainable Development: the Douala Unstable Coastal Region." Instability: Planning and Management. R. G. Macinnes and Jenny Jakeways, eds. London: Thomas Telford.
  • Levine, Victor (1971). The Cameroon Federal Republic. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • Njoh, Ambe (2003). Planning in Contemporary Africa. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Simone, A. M. (2004). For the City Yet to Come: Changing African Life in Four Cities. Durham: Duke University Press.


External links

Coordinates: 4°03′N 9°42′E / 4.05°N 9.7°E / 4.05; 9.7


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Douala is the largest city and the commercial centre of Cameroon.


Douala Memorials, Douala water park, Douala shops


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Simple English

Douala is the largest city in the African country of Cameroon. It is the capital city of Littoral Province.

The city is placed near the Wouri River. Its population is about 2,000,000 people. The first European people who came to Douala were from Portugal. They found Duala in about 1472. Before 1884 it was named Cameroons Town. In 1884 German people came to Duala and changed its name to Kamarunstadt ("Camaroon City") and made it the capital of German Kamerun. In 1907 its name was changed to Duala. It became the capital of French Cameroons in 1919. From 1940 to 1946, it was the capital of Cameroon.

Duala is an expensive city. It ranked 24th most expensive city of the world in 2007.[1]


Douala is linked by rail to Yaoundé, Ngaoundéré, Kumba and Nkongsamba. The largest port and the most important airport in Cameron are both in Douala.


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