Jaunde, also spelled Yaoundé, is the capital of Cameroon and the seat of government. The name Jaunde is a variation of the folk name of the Ewondo. The economic center is located not in Yaounde, but in the port city of Douala. Jaunde was once founded by a German research traveler as a center of the ivory trade. The city developed along the Mfoundi River. There is a tropical jungle around the city.
Even today, the city still looks European with its numerous colonial buildings. The magnificent streets are lined with banks, insurance companies and fancy shops. Jaunde is located in the middle of the country, it is called the “city of the seven hills”, because it is located between a picturesque chain of hills. On one of the seven hills is the magnificent palace of the president, on the right in the picture. The city has about two and a half million inhabitants. You don’t know for sure, because more and more rural residents are settling in the informal settlements around the city.
The life of Cameroonians takes place on the streets, in the colorful markets, in public writing workshops and pubs. As a stranger, it is easy to get lost, because only a few streets are marked with names, many streets carry numbers or neither name nor number. Who should find their way around this? The locals are guided by transport hubs, hotels, mosques or markets. Most residents travel by regular buses, shared taxis or scooters. There is an international airport near Jaunde.
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