Let’s get back in the history of the main reliefs found in the city of Yaoundé, the 7 hills.
Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, is a city built on a mountainous area and surrounded by seven hills. The name “Yaoundé” is derived from the Ewondo name “Ongola”.
Some geographers have added Yaoundé to the famous list of cities of seven hills, where are found Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Washington and Pretoria in South Africa. It is a city which offers with the view a touristic site filled with valleys, plateaus and hills which gives it somehow an accidental aspect.
Nevertheless, this relief is of great interest for alpinists and cyclists. The famous 7 hills of the city of Yaoundé are as follows: The mount Yéyé: situated at the village Nkolondom. It goes from the Yaoundé I division to the town Okola in the Lekie division.
Next to it is the mount Febe, geographically located not far away from the neighbor Ntougou (which contains Tsinga, Carrefour Golf to name a few). It overhangs the hill that goes towards to the famous hotel which has the same name. According to rumors, this hill on which is found the hotel was a mythical place where traditional sovereignty was defended via the ethnical group “Mvog Betsi”.
Continuously, the mount Mbankomo situated behind the neighborhood Bastos and on the left front of the mount Febe. Having an altitude of 1096 (in metres), this mountain particularly is very rocky and houses the transmission installations of the Camerooon Radio Television (CRTV).
The mount Eloundem equally called « Akok Ndoué » which is spotty in the surroundings of the neighborhood Nkolbisson and has an altitude of 967 metres. The mount Messa is located at the south west of Yaoundé and has an altitude of 1015 metres. Finally the mountains « Nyom »and « Ndobo » are spotted by their limited dimensions and their anthropological impact on the natives of Yaoundé.