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Living in Douala, Cameroon:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Douala, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked ten people living in Douala what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Living in Douala, you need to be patient and courageous. The way transporters (taxis and motor bikers) speed and don’t respect the highway code is alarming. Most people living and working in Douala earn below the amount that can sustain living in the town, thus paying rent, buying food, transportation, paying for utilities, medical bills, etc. comes at a cost the citizens can’t afford. The rate of crime is alarming due to the high rate of unemployment, many youths have turned to pickpockets, armed robberies or scamming to find refuge and make money, most of which engage into heavy drinking and smoking and drug abuse.
However the town of Douala is not all about negatives, it is the economic capital of Cameroon hence it’s where big companies and factories are located and where business is at its peak. Any hardworking and determined person can make a living in Cameroon.

Olivier, says: 2023

Douala is a city found in the Littoral region of Cameroon. It is the one of the main cities and the economic capital where most industries are found like brasseries. It has big buildings. Life in Douala is very pleasant.

Joseph, says: 2020

Anyone moving to Douala should keep in mind that…
– Douala is the economic capital of Cameroon, one of central Africa’s piller countries.
– Douala has also been listed by the renowned Atlas Magazine, as one of Africa’s most expensive cities to live in, after major cities like Lagos in Nigeria, Accra in Ghana or N’djamena in Tchad.
– Douala above all, is a coastal town with a very high population density.

Douala is a big cosmopolitan city which inhabits people from different parts of the country. It is therefore characterized by traffic jams, high crime rate and a high cost of living. Nevertheless, the diversity comes with variety and the pleasure of meeting new people. It is also very big and full of opportunities.

Ousman, says: 2020

Douala is the economic capital of Cameroon and it is found in the Littoral region. It contains one of the countries most busiest international airport. It contains all tourist long for in terms of site seeing and offers a multitude of hotels for tourist to be comfortable on arrival to the city. It’s the most enjoyable part of my county in terms of culture and having a variety of almost every foodstuff.

Norris, says: 2020

Anyone moving to Douala must consider the following:
1) There is no potable water as residents depends solely on bottled water.
2) Transportation is mostly on motorbikes.
3) There is no emergency toll free line to call.
4) The temperatures are above 40 degrees Celsius by day and above 17 degrees by night.

He needs to know because of traffic congestion during rush hour, he should be prepared to work using motorcycle transport services rather than a personal car. He should also take into consideration that comfortably housing in Douala (my city) maybe expensive. He should also know that food is relatively cheap compared with many towns around the world.

Yasmin, says: 2020

The city is an economic capital good for businesses. It is a very busy tow with lots of industrial companies. Heavy traffic sometimes. It is also a hot city. Despite its lags, the city is good to live in because it presents different opportunities to people especially those who are educated.

he needs to prepare some clothes before coming here because it is very cold sometimes. there are beautiful places here like mountains, some rivers and some villages to discover. In this case a camera will be helpful to share this moment with some friends and families. It’s also better to travel earlier to avoid traffic jam.

Ousman, says: 2020

Douala’s climate is too hot so think of getting a fan or AC. You can also bring you car because we have good roads here and we equally have good schools here for children.

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