Ngaoundere is a city in Adamaoua.
The name Ngaoundere is a composite word in the Mbum language meaning Navel-Mountain, where "Ngaou" means mountain and "ndéré" means navel. The town is named after a nearby mountain on the Ngaoundere Plateau.
The city serves as an important communications hub, linking the south of Cameroon with the northern part of the country. There is a paved road of good standard, albeit with some potholes, extending from Ngaoundéré to Garoua and Maroua, and Chad. The railway from Yaoundé ends here, and the railway station is always sprawling with life. The main goods are bananas, fruits and general goods from the south. The north sends cotton stemming from Nord and Chad and cattle from Adamaoua towards the south.
The Mbum and the Fulani are the indigenous population who live in Ngaoundere besides a number of other tribes such as the Haussa, the Bamileke, or the Gbaya.
Ngaoundere has it's own airport but there are no scheduled services. Nearest airport is in Garoua, a four hour bus drive to the north. Several overland options are available, both buses and private taxis travel from Douala, the capital Yaounde and other nearby cities, however expect a slow ride.
The railways in Cameroon has it's northern terminus here. Ngaounderes railway station is located just north of city centre on Rue de la Gare. A overnight train connects with Yaounde daily with first class tickets starting at 22 500 FCFA.
- Climb the mount Ngaoundéré - Enjoy food in the bustling life of the "centre commercial" - Visit the waterfalls 1 hour south of the city