Turkish Airlines, KLM, Royal Air Maroc, Arik Air, Air France, Brussels Airlines and Kenya Airways are all the air operators which are operating flights to Douala.
Unfortunately there are no airlines providing direct flights to Douala from London. Hence, one would have to take a connecting flight.
Douala flights take 10 hours depending you opt to save on spending the least amount of time on your travel. A stopover would stretch for less than 2 hours, while there are a large number of flights which even require two stopovers for reaching Douala from London.
The Douala International Airport provides its passengers with several amenities including Auto Exchange Machine, Duty Free Shopping, newsstand, gift shop, VIP lounge, a restaurant and travel agencies. Other amenities include a bar, post office and a bank. Public wifi access is active; however it is regarded as insecure and unreliable in terms of data protection. There are free parking bays for the passengers to get picked and dropped from the terminals, but there is no proper facility established for long term parking. There are several hotels that are located near the Douala Airport including Hotel Sawwa, Saffana Hotel, Afrique Douala Airport, Hotel Le Chateau, Futuris Hotel and Bolo Residence Douala. Most of these hotels provide deluxe rooms in apartment buildings for guests availing an overnight stay at the airport, located within the distance of a mile from the terminal.
The main transportation services at Douala Airport are taxis, with the airport arranging an official and exclusive taxi service operating along with non-official taxi services. There are numerous international radio-cab companies established at the airport for the convenience of passengers. Generally, tourists are expected to rely on their hotels to facilitate shuttle services from the airport, which is the set standard at Douala.
The commercial capital of Cameroon is more than just appealing due to its numerous attractions, landmarks, historical sites and entertainment opportunities. The majority of settlement is based in shanty towns surrounding the urban centre connected with paved roads through the landscape. In addition to this, the weather of Douala is simply perfect for outdoor expeditions. What makes this vibrant city one of the most visited places in West Africa is because of astounding palaces, beaches and the bustling markets, while also being the main gateway to the entire surrounding region of Litoral province.The Hotel Akwa Palace is one of the most prominent highs of the city, hosting the perfect exhibit of traditions and modern architecture. Another palace is the Palace of the King’s Bell, termed as La Pagode owing from its Pagoda structure, which was built by the Germans to imprison the local king. Among the most recent additions is the Douala Maritime Museum, established in a completely new building. Among religious buildings serving the community are the New Bell Mosque and the Cathedral St. Pierre & St. Paul. The Douala the L’espace Doual’art which was founded in 1991 is the ideal place for all art lovers as it holds some of the most interesting selection of contemporary art. If you are still looking for artsy places then head over to Musee de Douala that sheds light on the famous Bamoun and Bamileke art and is also home to Bamoun statues including several other master pieces. Douala’s most famous iconic attraction is the Manga Bell which was built in the year 1914, along with major national landmarks like the Boulevard de la Liberte, the fountain of Reunification monument and the Douala airliner crash Memorial. The landmark which stands out from them all is the La Nouvelle Liberte, a contemporary art project built from recycled material at the main roundabout of Doula’s central avenue. The main daily markets apart from the usual flea street include the Eko Market, along with Marche Des Fleurs Artisan flower market for purchasing local craftwork and utensils. The perfect way to blow off some steam and relax is at the Limbe Beach, popular for families to visit throughout the day for few water sports activities. The beach is based on an old British town, which now hosts scrumptious seafood specialties amidst many coastal restaurants. One can also make headway for the Douala Harbour to witness the busiest port of the country. For exploring the flora and fauna of these fertile plains, one can start off a tour at the Douala Edea Wildlife Reserve spread towards the Southern outskirts along the Sanaga River, which has mangrove swamps of shallow water bordering equatorial forests to house crocodiles, snakes, elephants and antelopes. More swamps can also be explored along the Wouri River, while the Lobeke National Park and Korup National Park have excessive cool forest cover with overgrowth of tropical vegetation. The Baka Pygmies are the indigenous tribe present in the area. The focal point of Mount Cameroon, which is known as the highest mountain in West Africa, is the volcano.
Since the roads of the city are well maintained hence getting around by car or a taxi is one of the best ways to travel. Although hiring a car is far more expensive than taking a taxi, it should be noted that it is safer. A personal chauffeur is the best way to get around and even go out of the city in the outskirts, also aiding in guidance of multiple routes. It is also a common practice to take shared taxis in Douala City to get around. The shared taxis are usually Toyotas and are yellow in colour which can be found at every street corner during the day. Other local tour options range from tro tros (traditional minibuses), motorcycle taxis available at transportation stops, as well as trucks which serve as a main way of accessing remote areas for daily commute. The main port of the city has a ferry and yacht service by the name of central voyages to tour nearby islands and the Sanaga River.
Douala city offers a diverse segment for a stay which may not appeal to the average tourist. Many of the 4 or 5 star hotels are located at the Ave des Cocotiers while Rue Drouot Face Lycee Akwa with the most prominent being the Pullman Hotel and the Akhwa Hotel owing to their luxurious suites, numerous amenities and central location . The bed and breakfasts are located near the beaches and hence offer the best views. Along with a few hotels along the riverfront, they provide exclusivity as they border the outskirts of the city. The basic standards of accommodation here range with providing simple furniture, a double bed, a toilet and a television set, all available under the ‘deluxe room’ category. Douala has several such apartment hotels located at the heart of the city and some that are close to the airport as well. The most highlighted features for an accommodation here are having an exclusive restaurant, a bar, and wifi services. Some of the upper categories are famous for their swimming pools. Accommodations in the commercial districts are catered with hotels established in central plazas, some providing terraces in the upper blocks, others specialized in studio apartments.