As with most of the world, the heart of Africa is found in its cities. And yet tourists in Africa seem to largely prefer seeking out the continent’s wildlife rather than its cultural city centers.
According to the World Bank, 40% of the African population south of the Sahara live in cities
Here are our top picks for the most beautiful cities in Africa.
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Luanda, the capital of Angola, is a port city on the west coast of Southern Africa. Most Angolans have flocked to Luanda in search for employment in the oil and manufacturing companies found there and since it is the capital of Angola it’s a place to be.
Once a place of conflict, Luanda has reinvented itself as a peaceful, stable modern city.
Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, in the country’s central highlands.Windhoek is a bustling metropolis that is unexpectedly neat and orderly, though this is perhaps less surprising when one considers it was a German territory for many years.
eer is said to be the best in Africa and is brewed in Windhoek.
Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, ranks among the most beautiful in the world. It is a vibrant and colorful city with stunning beaches, beautiful mountains and some of the best vineyards in Africa.
Kenya’s capital city- Nairobi is one of the largest and most influential cities in Africa, an important commercial and financial regional hub.
The only city in the world with a national park on its doorstep, Nairobi is the hub of East Africa and is packed with unique attractions, from bustling markets to fascinating historical sites such as the Karen Blixen Musuem.
Kigali is regarded as one of Africa’s cleanliest cities. It is Rwanda’s Capital city and the country’s central business center with a number of modern architecture such as the New Kigali International Convention Centre, and it also hosts the Kigali Genocide memorial site, moderate weather, hospitable citizens, hotels, restaurants among other things.
DAR ES SALAAM
Despite its name, which means “abode of peace” in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest and busiest city. It is the country’s most important business and commercial hub and is situated right on the Indian Ocean.
Abidjan is a city on the southern Atlantic coast of Ivory Coast, in West Africa. It’s the country’s major urban center, with skyscrapers rising above the Ébrié Lagoon.
The French influence is clear to see here, not least in the food, which is served in some bistros with the kind of pomp you might expect in downtown Paris.
Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, sprawls inland from the Gulf of Guinea across Lagos Lagoon. Victoria Island, the financial center of the metropolis, is known for its beach resorts, boutiques and nightlife.