25 Most Beautiful Cities and Towns in Africa
Africa as a continent is known for its stunning vast deserts, extraordinary wildlife, rolling hills, highlands, and beautiful savannah grasslands. It also hosts extraordinary towns and cities that are enriched with culture, history and other activities.Below are our top cities and towns.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is an exciting, outstanding and colourful citywith amazing culture history and fantastic restaurants or hotels. It is located at the base of the beautiful Table Mountain with some of Africa’s best vineyards and stunning beaches. The mountain offers scenic views on a clear and sunny day and hence you can take a cable da ride to its top at sunset or sunrise to have an experience there and take a number of photos.
They city is covered with modern skyscrapers, basically Cape Town’s skyline gives you a picture of some major cities in NorthAmerica.You can also visit the boulder’s beach which is home to beautifulAfrican Penguins, visit Kirstenbosch a botanical garden near the table mountain, signal hill an many more other existing shops, bars, streets, markets among other thing in Cape Town.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
It is a Swahili coastal trading town located in the Indian Ocean of the Tanzanian coast is Zanzibar which is home to crystal clear waters, amazing white-sand beaches and a rich history and of course the Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar. Many visit Zanzibar and engage in various water sport activities but are always thrilled when they visit Stone Town. It is an authentic town and has been in existence for over 200 years and just a few things have changed in this old city.
The winding alleys, Sultan’s Palace, carved wooden doors, animated bazaars and the narrow streets make Stone Town an attractive place to visit. It is not a surprise that it is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This is a small coastal town found on LamuIsland in Kenya. It is located 341km by road northeast of Mombasa. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 23 mosques including one that was constructed in 1900 called the Riyadha Mosque.
Lamu is a donkeysanctuary and travellers can spend most of their time walking around thee amazingnarrow alleys, historical places in this town. This town is among the best places to relax from and adopt a coastal way of life.
Essaouira is one of Africa’s most beautiful towns you should visit. It hosts lustrous fortifications and ancient medina which have existed since the 28th century and stunning beaches. It also has a fish market you could visit. This town is great place for kitesurfing and windsurfing because of the strong currents and wind, the peace and tranquility in this town is far better than the chaos in most big cities in Morocco.
Furthermore, Essaouira is a paradise for watersport lovers and a picturesque coastal town.
This is a beautiful and fascinating place with mosques and mud-brick houses plus a history you wouldn’t want to miss hearing. It isone of the country’s oldest places dating back to around 250 BC. It is a unique holiday destination for tourists with the world’s most creative and largest mud-made buildingsand hosts the Grand Mosque.
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
This fascinating city lies on the shores of Lake Tana in the Amhara region. Bahir Dar landscape is madeup of stunning river views and lines palm trees. It hosts some of the oldest churches and monasteriesin the world, and these are a must to visit while in Ethiopia.
Travellers can also enjoy boating trips, this can be combined with visiting the Blue Nile Falls which are an outstanding sight for travellers to see and are located just a few kilometers from Bahir Dar.
Luxor city is found in Upper Egypt and its Luxor Governorate’s capital. It was once an ancient City of Thebes and over the years since the 19th century, this place has attracted big numbers of Egyptologists and tourists who come in search for ancient wonders which up to now cover the city’s landscape.
The word ‘Luxor’ means ‘palaces’, today Luxor is a vibrant and beautiful city with stunning desert and Nile scenery landscapes. It is also where the tombs where the remains of the pharaohs are, it also hosts the beautiful temple of Karnak, the spectacular Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut.
It is a modern and tidy city with spectacular traditional German houses and pastel-painted buildings. It is Namibia’s capital andlargest city with a history and a number of historic locations. Moving around the Windhoek immediately reveals its beauty, visit craft shops and buy souvenirs.In the night you can’t miss out the unforgettable Nightlife in this beautiful city, you could visit bars or casinos.
The city is pedestrian friendly and quite walkable. You could also visit the Germancastles, neo-baroque cathedrals and modern skyscrapers which dominate the city’s skyline.
Stone Town, Mozambique
This is situated at the Northern part of Mozambique’s tiny 3km long Island and the island as a whole was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by 1991 due to its extraordinary architectural unity. Stone Town was once an important trading post for the Portuguese and hence in 1507 it was named the Portuguese East Africa capital.
This island is one of the region’s attractive locations with interesting local culture and traditions plus the architecture which reflects the birth of the different cultures present over the years, this means that while here you can feel the influence of the Arabs, Indians and the Portuguese on this island.
Johannesburg, South Africa
This is one of Africa’s wealthiest modern cities and the biggest in South Africa followed by Cape Town. It hosts the world’s largest man-made forest and also one of the best airports in the world. It is well developed, with a number of international hotels, shopping malls and beautiful attractions including the Apartheid Museum and the City Deep- world’s largest dry port. Of course Johannesburg is one of travelers’ finest and number one choice cities in Africa.
Agadir is situated in mid-southern Morocco, it is a major city and the largest seaside resort in the country which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. The city was rebuilt after it was affected by an earthquake in 1960. And today the city is served by a highway and low-cost flights from Tangier.
Nairobi is the largest and capital city of Kenya. It is one of Africa’s most leading cities thefinancially and politically. The city has high skyscrapers in the downtown which gives it the country a modern look. Also the modern architecture and traditional African styles plus culture and historical sites makes Nairobi different and unique, and on the continent it is among the cities with the best infrastructure.
Kigali is regarded as one of Africa’s cleanliest cities, it is the country’s central business center with a number of modern architecture such as the New Kigali Tower, and it also hosts the Kigali Genocide memorial site, moderate weather, hospitable citizens, hotels, restaurants among other things.
The interesting thing about Kigali is its location, it is well situated near most touristattractions including volcanoes national park; which is only a 2hurs and 30minutes drive from Kigali to the Park, this means that a tourist can travel to the park to track Mountain Gorillas and come back to Kigali in the same day.
Kampala is Uganda’s business center and capital citybuilt on 7 hills, most people around the city speak English and are friendlyhence it is not a problem if you need to interact with a number of them. It hosts various traditional sites, religious sites, craftshops, rewarding nightlife, affordable transport means,international hotels, restaurants, events and festivals, banks and ATM machines.
Located in the southern part in Botswana, Gaborone is a beautiful city and the capital of the country with economic strength and politically stable. It is among the world’s largest rough diamond producers however you shouldn’t expect to find or pick a diamond along the street.
It hosts the Art Gallery which displays cultural artifacts and the National Museum. It is also famous for the Gaborone Game Reserve which is home to wildlife such as impalas, wildebeests plus the migratory and resident birds.Just in the south western part of the city is Mokolodi Nature Reserve which hosts giraffes and rhinos.You could also climb to the summit of Kgale Hill to have more exciting views of the city.
Cairo is the largest city in Egypt and the Arab world,built on the River Nile banks, Cairo is regarded as “the city that never sleeps”. It is surrounded by several regionswhich have some of the world’s longest recorded history.
It is here where the second largest university in the world is found.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This is the capital of Ethiopia and is said to be “the political capital of Africa” since it hosts very many political organizations.
It is a relatively safe city to live and is the center of most of Ethiopia’s economic activities.
Lagos was said to be Nigeria’s capital city up to around 1972. It is the country’srichest and largest city with a large economy and hosts several large corporations
It is in this city that most musicians and actors that want to make it in the film of music industry come.
This is Ghana’s most popular and Capital city. It is the country’s Centre of financial and economic activities and above all the seat of the government.
There are several architectural structures in the city that reflect itsrich history, over the years, there has been improvement and construction of many modern building in Accra.
Port Louis, Mauritius
The city’s architecture, history and cuisine have drawn tourists from all walks of life, hence Port Louis is mainly populated by tourists that come to unwind and see the architectural wonders and museums plus the cuisine in the city.
It is the capital of Mauritius and the main economic and political base for the citizens in the country.
Situated along the Mediterranean Sea shores, Algiers hosts a number of beaches which are great relaxing places for both visitors and the residents. The city also has some of the amazing monuments that were constructed to mark important eventsand dates in Algeria’s history.It is the heart of Algeria’s economic and political activities.
Tunis is the Capital of Tunisia and offers shopping centers, sandy beaches, nightlife, traditional markets, cuisine and historical architecture which therefore make it avery famous destination. Most citizens migrate from different regions of the country to Tunis to improve on their standards of living.
Abuja is among Africa’s fastest growing cities yet it was built inthe 1980s, not everyone in Nigeria can afford the standard of living in the city.
The large monolith found outside Abuja and the impressive architecture that houses Nigeria’s government corporations andministry will leave the tourist in awe.
Jinja Town, Uganda
It is located in the Eastern part of Uganda on the Lake Victoria shores approximately a 2hours drive from Kampala.It has lots of attractions to offer such as the source of the River Nile, Itanda falls, Bujagali Falls, Samuka Island and also various activities can be enjoyed including the adrenaline pumping ones like bungee jumping and white water rafting. There is no adventure tourist that missesout on visiting Jinja.
Most Angolans have flocked to Luanda in search for employment in the carious oil and manufacturing companies found there and since it is the capital of Angola it’s a place to be.
In Luanda is where the country’s main seaport is found which is where exportation of diamonds, sugar and coffee plus other goods is done. Today the city is undergoing new developments andhence a place to visit.