If you are looking for an African city that offers exotic markets and sites but also modern amenities, Douala in coastal Cameroon is a great choice. After reaching Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) by driving on the Dulles Access Road or taking an airport shuttle, you can fly from Washington DC to Douala in 16 hours.
Douala is home to numerous historic landmarks and interesting sites, including King Akwa's palace, which is among the area's oldest palaces. Douala is a coastal city with a proud fishing tradition, and the fisherman's village, about 10 minutes by car from the airport, gives you the chance to meet the local seafood gatherers as they return with their fresh catch to sell. Visiting the city offers adventurous travelers the chance to climb Mount Cameroon, an active volcano. Lobeke National Park is an excellent place to view some of Africa's famous wildlife.
When you arrive at Douala International Airport (DLA), you can easily get to your hotel by taxi, bus or rental car. Shared taxis are a popular way to get around the city, but for something out of the ordinary, consider hiring a motorcycle taxi, which is less expensive than a traditional taxi and offers a more close-up view of Douala's city life. Douala's climate is warm, and the average daily temperature is 80 degrees. August sees the most rainy days, about 14.
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