In as much that Africa is perceived as the poorest continent in the world, there are some cities on the continent that would make you want to have a second thought about the general perception. These cities can rub shoulders with some big cities of the world such as Madrid, Rio De Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Paris and even Tokyo. Let’s take a look at the top 10 cities that made the list of Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities In Africa.
Considered the poorest continent on the planet, Africa is the home to 54 sovereign nations with some progressing nations who are quite wealthy like Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa and Nigeria.
Nigeria in particular is an international oil industry player; and until recently was by far Africa’s biggest producer of oil with over 2.5 million barrels produced every day.
In 2015, Nigeria was not only Africa’s largest oil producer, but also the fifth highest exporter of oil in the world and Africa’s largest economy. For the past decade Nigeria, Morocco, Equatorial Guinea and Angola has seen some admirable developments.
Albeit the story for Nigeria is changing, with the recent economic recession that has plagued the country. Not forgetting the renewed activities of the Niger-Delta Militants which has impeded oil production.
However, that is an issue for another day; let’s see the top 10 most beautiful cities in Africa. The Africa you don’t see on TV!
10. Luanda, Angola
Capital of Africa’s second largest oil producer, Luanda is home to the nation’s main seaport and administrative center. In the past decade, this city has achieved the most developments among any city in Africa. With the help of China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC), Luanda is looking more like a western country.
9. Agadir, Morocco
Capital of Agadir-Ida Ou Tanane province, Agadir is one of the major urban centres of Morocco. The city has been rebuilt after the 1960 earthquake. It is now Morocco’s largest seaside resort; attracting tourists from all over the world.
8. Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya’s largest city and capital, Nairobi is the most populous city in eastern Africa. It is one of the most leading cities in Africa, both politically and financially (Africa’s 4th largest exchange in terms of trading volume).
7. Cape Town, South Africa
The second-most populous city in South Africa, Cape Town is famous for its harbour, Table Mountain and Cape Point. It is the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa.
6. Cairo, Egypt
The home of civilization, Cairo is Egypt’s capital and the largest city in the Middle-East and second-largest in Africa after Lagos. This city was named the “world’s most 24-hour city” in 2011 by Badoo ahead of New York and Paris.
5. Port Louis, Mauritius
The capital city of Mauritius, Port Louis is one of Africa’s main financial centers. The city is mostly overshadowed by its financial hub, tourism, manufacturing sector, and port facilities. This nation languages include English and French.
4. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Former capital, richest and largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is the major city for both business and government in Tanzania.
3. Abuja, Nigeria
Nigeria’s capital, Abuja was built in the 80’s before being disposing Lagos as the capital city of the most populous black nation in the world by the administration of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) in 1991. The city is one of the richest and most expensive in Africa.
2. Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis is both the capital and the largest city of Tunisia. The greater metropolitan area of Tunis, often referred to as Grand Tunis, holds some 2,700,000 inhabitants. As the capital city of the country, Tunis is the focus of Tunisian political and administrative life; it is also the centre of the country’s commercial activity.
1. Johannesburg, South Africa
By population, Johannesburg is the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa. Called Africa’s economic powerhouse, this city is also the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa.