The Essential Guide to Riding a Taxi in Yaoundé, Cameroon
I have traveled to Cameroon on several occasions to conduct field research and learned that getting around can be quite a challenge for newcomers. Catching a ride in the capital Yaoundé involves an intricate social proceeding that’s not for the faint of heart. There are no public city buses; and unlike Nairobi’s colourful matatus or Abidjan’s infamous gbakas, Yaoundé does not feature an improvised urban transit system made up of (more or less regulated) privately-owned minibuses. And although Uber now offers its ride-sharing concept in Lagos, Accra and Abuja, it has not (yet) extended its networks to any other urban centres in Central or West Africa. Instead, Yaoundé’s streets are dominated by a vast fleet of bright yellow share taxis.
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