It's a pity that most people visit this city of 130,000 only as a stopover on their way to Foumban. Bafoussam, a center of the Bamileke people, has its own attractions—notably its colorful markets offering beautiful Bamileke wood carvings.

The nearby town of Bandjoun is the home of one of Cameroon's most powerful chiefs and the 100-year-old palace. South of Bafoussam, near the town of Melong, is Ekom Falls. Hire a driver in Melong to take you to the falls, which are spectacular during the rainy season (April-May). Bafoussam is 120 mi/195 km northeast of Douala.

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