National Museum in Yaounde © Borigue
The capital Yaounde is situated almost in the centre of Cameroon, and is well positioned as a travel hub. It enjoys a higher standard of living and security than the rest of the country and has a number of decent hotels and restaurants, as well as some interesting landmarks and tourist attractions. Those interested in churches should visit the Cathedrale Notre Dame des Victoires, and the beautiful Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apotres, said to be built on the site of the first missionary church in Cameroon. The city also has a wonderful art museum, the Musee d'Art Camerounais, which is housed in a former Benedictine monastery and showcases a valuable collection of masks, bronzes, and pottery.