Yaoundé: The capital generosity, and Olembé promises

The capital of Cameroon is the only city to host two groups in the TotalEnergies AFCON, Cameroon 2021, including one housed in the new 60,000 seated Olembé Stadium.

Founded at the end of the 19th century by German settlers, the city of Yaoundé has continued to grow ever since. Formerly a small forest town inhabited by a few dozen families from the indigenous Ewondo and Bené clans, it is now a megalopolis with seven districts and more than three million inhabitants from all regions of Cameroon, not to mention a large foreign community made up of international civil servants, but also homogeneous groups of nationals of certain African countries including in particular the strong Nigerian community.

With its rugged terrain, Yaoundé is commonly referred to as "the city of seven hills". But the best known of these mountains surrounding the capital, it is the Mont-Febé which rises to more than 1000 m and gave its name to the first luxury hotel in the capital, the Mont-Febé hotel perched on a side of the eponymous mountain backing onto a magnificent golf course. Speaking of accommodation capacity, the Cameroonian capital will soon have two new 5-star establishments, but it will be long after AFCON 2021, when the Hôtel du Lac and the Hyatt, already under construction, will definitely emerge in the city center. The Hilton located on Boulevard du 20 Mai therefore remains the only 5-star hotel in the backyard of major hotels in Yaoundé, next to at least six 4-star brands (La Falaise, Le Mont-Febé, Franco hotel, Djeuga Palace, Merina, and even United Hotel in Mbankomo, some 20km from the capital) and dozens of other less upscale establishments which have been renovated to accommodate various guests of the next Africa Cup of Nations.

All these hotels have restaurants with rich and varied menus. However, Yaoundé's gastronomic menu is even more extensive, with dozens of classy restaurants offering both European and Asian cuisines, and typical Cameroonian dishes, one of the culinary specificities of which is the Center area to which Yaoundé belongs, the "ndômba" of fish. Several sites, such as Etookos and Afanayo’o, also allow customers to fish for themselves in a pond to taste in the famous "ndomba" sauce.