Douala’s climate is tropical monsoon, which results in constant yearly temperatures of around 27°C and a significant amount of rainfall throughout most of the months. Visitors should expect warm and humid days, with humidity levels around about 85%.
Significantly less rainfall and an increase in temperature, although only by a couple of degrees, make the months of December, January and February the most popular time to book flights to Douala. The month of December is particularly busy due to the least rain falling over the city, coupled with the festive holiday season. For the cheapest rates, avoid the school holiday peak times and festive season periods as well as local festival dates, as these usually see a notable increase in hotel rates and airfares.
Although there is rainfall all through the year, the months of March to November experience the most. The high rainfalls particularly during August deter local and international travellers, making this the off-peak season in the region. If you don’t mind dodging the rain or spending your time visiting some indoor attractions, then this is the best time to book and save. Visitors are more likely to find cheap flights to Douala and lower accommodation rates.
Travellers book flights to Douala, Cameroon’s largest city, to enjoy a vibrant African holiday and take in the many landmarks and attractions.
Authentic food, drink, crafts, art and music all permeate this city and a range of day tours and trips will keep you and the family busy, until the sun begins to set. A drive to the mountainside town of Buea via Limbe, allows you to view the highest village on Mt. Cameroon. Buea is an old town with some old colonial German buildings and a great view of Mt Cameroon. When it comes to art the uniquely African La Nouvelle Liberte is a statue made from recycled materials and placed on a roundabout.
At the Marche des Fleurs you will find about 50 to 100 stalls selling items such as local souvenirs and art and crafts from Congo and Gabon. Here, you can haggle over prices so if you see something you really like, you can get the best possible deal if you stick to your offer. There are many wood products on offer as well as wicker furniture. It is also a flower market where you can buy freshly cut flowers. If you’re taking a flight to Douala in search for monkeys and snakes then be sure to head to the Limbe Wildlife Centre, which is located close by.
Once in the city, buses, private rental cars and taxis will get you around and to neighbouring cities. The Cameroon rail service runs from Douala to a number of destinations in Cameroon.
The city is served by the Douala International Airport (DLA). Getting to the city is easy as it is located a mere 6 miles (10 km) from the airport. The full range of transportation is provided from the airport, including buses, private rental cars, hire taxis, airport shuttles and private and shared airport transfers.