Situated on the banks of the wouri River, 24km (15 miles) from the sea, Douala is the most significant city by its population, and by its economic role of Cameroon; a town easier to understand than to describe – it's a fusion of the “old town” (Akwa) and the colonial plateau – Joss. Named after the “Duala”, a major ethnic group that originally settled in the area, Douala has an airport, extensive docks, and is a terminus for two railway lines extending into the interior. Industries include the manufacture of aluminium products, beer, soft drinks, textiles, and the processing of timber and cacao beans. Douala's port handles some 95 percent of the country's maritime traffic, and is second only to Kinshasa as Central Africa's largest city.
Douala is divided into quarters or quartiers which can be easily classified into administrative, commercial, residential and industrial some of which are name following its rich cultural backdrop (Bassa, New Bell, Akwa, Mbamewondo...) and others as if to portray its cosmopolitan nature (Madagascar, Brazzaville, Congo...).
Weekend manifestations in certain quarters also add to local flair, these are must often accompanied by folkloric music and animation during which a better half of the streets are occupied arbitrary subjugating traffic circulation on a one way flow often resulting in long queues....
They are various means of transportation in Douala- yellow taxi, personal vehicles, bus, mini bus or “cargo” and motor bikes. The most convenient of which is the yellow taxi. These you will find everywhere in town at affordable prices;
Normal drops from 06H00 – 22H00 = 200FCFA per head (shared taxi)
From 22H00 – 05H59 = 250FCFA/head
Hired drops range between 2000 – 3000FCFA/hour
Transportation to and from the airport range between 3000 – 5000FCFA (negotiable)
There are also nondescript personal cars parked in front of hotels hired out on special errands rates are subject to private negotiations with the driver (these cars are often known by the hotel personnel).
The bus charge 150FCFA/ drop
Motorbike ("bendskin") assure the transportation of persons to remote areas and within the town, they are quick to manoeuvre between cars especially during rush hours though they have a high motality ratio due to recklessness and poor mastery of Highway Code.
"Cargo" buses are the poorest form of transportation; these are mini bus with makeshift seats which often cramp passengers and luggage in one, they ply routes to certain remote quarters and various markets. they charge moderate rates and are most often dirty and in poor state.
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