Situated in the north western Cameroon, Bamenda is the capital of the province. The city is also known as Mankon Town or Abakwa. The Bamenda city constitutes three villages namely, Mendakwe, Mankon and Nkwen.
In the 19th century, Bamenda was a German colony. The fort situated at the Bamenda station bears the testimony of German occupation. The city has undergone a number of changes in the recent years and has now become one of the modern cities in Cameroon. Presently, the city has several offices, banks and colorful markets. The woodcarvings, bronze statues, beads, local baskets are the common craftworks of the Bamenda people. these items are displayed on various local shops of the city. These beautiful items are hot favorites of the tourists.
The city has many tourist attractions of the country. Towards the northern part of the city lies the Ring road and along this way lies the following places which are the most prominent attractions of Cameroon:
- Kimbi River Game
- Mount Oku
- Menchum River Waterfall
- Mankon Fons Palace
- Bali Fons Palace