Douala is the largest city in Cameroon and the capital of Cameroon's Littoral Province. Home to Cameroon's largest port and its major international airport, Douala International Airport, it is the commercial capital of the country. It is located along the Wouri River close to the coast of Gulf of Guinea, in the "armpit of Africa". Douala has the biggest airport and port in Cameroon and is considered the economic capital of the country. The city was named after the Duala, an ethnic group that originally settled the area. Douala used to be an important slave trade market town in the 1700s, and today, it is a major oil exporting center that has a multicultural population, as well as a large expat population, mainly from France and Lebanon. Consequently, it handles most of the country's major exports, such as oil, cocoa and coffee, timber, metals and fruits.
Douala is a steamy African port city with many nice restaurants and nightlife options, as well as beautiful beaches and the high volcanic mountains nearby offering sunbathing, swimming and trekking. The city itself is large and has not much touristic attractions except for its big market and a few places of interest. Biggest city in Cameroon, Douala does not attract many leisure tourists, but does receive many foreign business visitors.
Douala features a tropical monsoon climate, with relatively constant temperatures throughout the course of the year. The city typically features warm and humid conditions. Douala sees plentiful rainfall during the course of the year, experiencing on average roughly 3850 mm of precipitation of rainfall per year. Its driest month is December where on average 33 mm of precipitation falls while its wettest month is August when on average nearly 800 mm of rain falls.
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