Douala Tourism

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Douala (German: Duala) is the largest city in Cameroon, the capital of Cameroon's Littoral Region and the richest city in the whole CEMAC region of six countries. Home to Central Africa's largest port and its major international airport, Douala International Airport, it is the commercial and economic capital of Cameroon and the entire CEMAC region comprising Gabon, Congo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, CAR and Cameroon. Consequently, it handles most of the country's major exports, such as oil, cocoa and coffee, timber, metals and fruits. As of 2010 the city and its surrounding area had an estimated population that surpassed 3,000,000 inhabitants. The city sits on the estuary of the Wouri River and its climate is tropical. Settlements had already existed in present-day Douala prior to the arrival of the Portuguese, British, and Germans; however, it was during the German colonization that the city began to develop rapidly as a commercial and political hub of the German colonial administration. During World War I a bitter battle was fought for control of Douala. The city surrendered to British and French forces on September 27, 1914. A joint Anglo-French condominium governed the city until a comprehensive agreement ceded it (and much of Cameroon) to the French. After the independence of Cameroon, Douala grew rapidly. Local industries, trade, and other opportunities have attracted an unprecedented influx of migrants, especially from the western region of Cameroon. People from other countries in the region have also permanently settled in the city; they include Nigerians, Chadians, and Malians. In recent times city authorities have been overwhelmed by rapidly increasing population; services are stretched and there is an urgent need to enhance the city's ability to cope with the rapid growth. Douala is the first city in tropical Africa to have a piped natural gas supply (presently serving only industrial customers). It was ranked in 2015 as the most expensive city in Africa. It has had the highest standard of living among all African cities for the majority of the last 40 years. A very high number of European, American and Asian expatriates live in the city due to its highly developed infrastructure and peaceful environment for successful business and good life.

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Facts and Stats for Douala*

  • Pollution Statistics in Douala

    Know the pollution level of Douala before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Water Pollution 87.5 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 100 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Douala: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Douala for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Douala.

    • Burglary and Theft 96.43 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 100 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 92.86 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 96.43 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 92.86 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 96.43 (Very High)
    • Attacks 85.71 (Very High)
    • Drug offense 92.86 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 92.86 (Very High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 75 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 92.86 (Very High)
  • Living in Douala - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 8.26 (Very Low)
    • Pollution Index 82.76 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 15 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 51.78 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.57 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 17.91 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Douala

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Douala

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.74 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 18.69 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 60.75 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 65.42 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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