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The lush, tropical countryside of Cameroon, a country in Central Africa, is absolutely gorgeous.
I was less impressed by Cameroon's largest city, Douala, which has about 3 million inhabitants. Douala is the most expensive city in Africa; yet it isn't particularly well-kept.
Tribal Compound in Bangangté
Bangangté is a town in the interior of Cameroon, a 250-km drive from Douala. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet the chief (not pictured) and members of his family in a tribal compound in the area. Despite coming from a Francophone area of Cameroon, the chief had studied in England and understood English perfectly.
In Cameroon, motorcycles are very popular, and it's not uncommon to see three riders at a time. Vendors eagerly peddle their wares to passing motorists.
Other Images from Rural Cameroon
Colonial City Center
The center of the city contains some nice examples of colonial architecture, in various states of repair.
Boulevard de la Liberté
Boulevard de la Liberté is supposed to be the most happening part of Douala, but I didn't see much happening there. Tourists at my hotel (on the Boulevard) didn't venture out; they remained sequestered sipping their $16 drinks on the courtyard patio. They may have been smart. A block and a half from the hotel, a man threatened my colleague, with whom I was walking, with the sharp point of his umbrella and attempted to snatch his cellphone.
Two blocks from Boulevard de la Liberté sit the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul (Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul) and the adjacent graveyard. On the sidewalk in front of the graveyard, with a dozen people at the bus stop nearby, a man struggled with me in an unsuccessful attempt to steal my handbag and then ran into the graveyard. Only then did I notice the graveyard was swarming with people hidden by the tall grasses.
Douala International Airport
Other Douala Photos
More photos: View all photos in the directory /photos/cameroon/.
Eve Andersson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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