Yaounde

Dramatically spread over seven hills, the rapidly expanding city of Yaoundé features a host of Deco, independence-era and 1970s government buildings in various exuberant styles. It’s a little hard to raise your gaze from the incessant and perilous traffic to take this in, but amidst the busted pavements and hustlers you can still feel the confident flourish of Cameroon’s nationalist movement in the country’s capital.

This is Cameroon’s centre of government and administration, and one of the most attractive sights is people wearing ministry uniforms, with bright tailor-made African fabrics depicting the various departments.

Located in the centre of the country, Yaoundé can be a useful stop for getting a visa or before heading off into the rest of Cameroon, and a relatively temperate climate makes it a gentler place to start a trip than Douala.