This city of over 400 000 inhabitants is home to Cameroon’s enterprising Bamelike tribe. It is characterized by several scenic hills and active tectonics within which run several rivers. This topography creates picturesque falls and isolated crater lakes. These crater lakes are formed from collapsed volcanoes and can be seen in surrounding regions like Baleng, Balent and near Foumban. The Foumbot twin lakes are also not very far away.
The high elevations around Bafoussam give the town one of the most pleasant climates in the whole of Cameroon. Temperatures average 22 degrees Celsius and rainfall is moderate.
Bafoussam has two large markets, several hospitals and clinics, a movie theatre, many restaurants and supermarkets. Akwa holds the city’s night life with stores, bars and many vendors of soya (grilled meat brochettes) and grilled fish coming alive during late hours.
The road infrastructure is fairly developed and Bafoussam forms a widely-used nexus between the cities of Bamenda, Douala, Yaounde and Foumban.
Cameroon’s capital of arts and craft, a region with a rich history and solid tradition, Foumban is a majestic symbol of African education and civilization. The Foumban royal palace, very much like a medieval chateau, is a library of information on the city’s history and education, holding a museum and ancient writings of the Shumon alphabet developed by the iconic Sultan Ibrahim Njoya (who ruled from 1889 – 1931).
Foumban has a population of about 85 000 and it is located a few kilometers north east of Bafoussam. Its people practice agriculture, but many sculptors, basket makers, weavers and embroiders live here. The region is considered one of the best places in Central Africa to buy wood carvings. Tourism also offers a huge sum of income for the city as it is one of the most visited towns in the country. There is a market for arts, a tourist center, and a few hundred meters south of the royal palace is the Museum of Bamoun Arts and Tradition.
The cool pleasant climate adds to the city’s attractiveness, average annual temperature is 22 degrees Celsius. Even though Foumban prides itself in its rich and developed language, many of its inhabitants have learned French. English is also sometimes used.
Although the name “Dschang” (pronounced chang) means “dispute” in the local language, this city has grown out of its warlike historical past into a modern cultural and educational center. Like Bafoussam, it is home to the industrious Bamelike tribe who together with a few foreigners make up a population of over 200 000
The elevation of Dshcang reaches over 1400 meters and it has picturesque hilly view with small rivers winding around the slopes. Particularly scenic is the highway to Yaounde which runs along and across several hills in an endless meander. It is also linked to Bafoussam by a road network.
The town has several higher institutions of learning and one of the country’s State Universities. It also has the Museum of Cameroonian Civilizations which offers a historical panorama of the Cameroonian people, their artistic productions and their architectures.
The hilly topography offers a cool climate to the city. Its dwellers speak mostly French.