Cameroon's capital city, Yaoundé is rich with its vibrant, energetic culture and heritage. These attributes make it a fun place to visit, despite not having much for tourist infrastructure. Bilingual in French and English, this Central African city is very safe for travellers, especially during the daytime. With its scenic, European-inspired landscape, Yaoundé's layout is spread over seven grassy hills and there's an abundance of 1970s architecture with art deco influences.
The best way to reach Yaoundé is by flying into Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport (NSI). No direct flights are available from Canada, but this airport does host trips from Belgium, France, Istanbul, and nearby African metropolises. Skyscanner can help you find the cheapest airfare to Yaoundé with our Cheapest Month search too.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Yaoundé
With a tropical climate that's plagued by dry spells, Yaoundé's temperatures stay stable year-round. Its monsoon season lasts for 10 months from February to November. Consequently, most tourists prefer to visit in December or January. The rainfall also clears up a bit in July and August. Finally, the heat levels in Yaoundé are stabilized by the city's high altitude, so this city isn't as hot as its neighbouring areas. To find the most affordable times to fly to Cameroon, sign up for Skyscanner's Price Alerts feature.
Airlines That Fly to Yaoundé
Several regional and international airlines fly out of Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport, including:
- Air Côte d'Ivoire
- Air France
- ASKY Airlines
- Brussels Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Kenya Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Turkish Airlines
What to Expect When Arriving at Yaoundé Airport
Often known as Nsimalen Airport, Yaoundé's international airport is located 27 km to the south of Cameroon's capital city. It's the largest airport inside the country and the second busiest after Douala International Airport. Yaoundé Airport also serves as one of the main hubs for Cameroon's flagship airline, Camair-co. Able to accommodate 1.5 million passengers per year, this single-terminal airport offers direct flights to 11 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
While Yaoundé does have a bus system, it's recommended that you take a taxi or rent a car on-site to reach the capital's downtown core. Taxis have a fixed rate of 200 CFA ($0.45 CAD), unless you're driving a far distance.
What to See and Do in Yaoundé, Cameroon
While Yaoundé isn't crawling with tourist attractions, there are still enough exciting things to see and do. This capital city is most famous for its Mvog-Betsi Zoo, which hosts lions, birds of prey, and many different species of monkeys. It's a nice way to spend the afternoon with your family. Marché Central is another must-see venue, where clothing and fabric sellers line up their stales of bright, colourful wares.
For architecture lovers, the Catholic cathedrals are worth visiting, including Cathédrale Notre-Dame-des-Victoires and Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apôtres. Yaoundé is also home to some nice museums like Musée de la Blackitude, which features cultural artifacts and offers enthusiastic guided tours. If you need to find an upscale hotel in Yaoundé, Skyscanner can show you the best listings.
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