15 Best Cities to Live In in Africa

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Friday, 10th October 2014

15 Best Cities to Live in Africa by Oluwakemi Ojo/Travelstart Blog. http://www.travelstart.co.ke/blog/15-best-cities-live-africa/

Many people seek to live abroad, especially cities in Europe, America and Asia. This rush to relocate is born out of the desire to reside in a city that offers good road networks, electricity and other social amenities, as well opportunities for economic growth. Ironically these young aspiring people leave behind numerous cities in Africa that are emerging markets where the real opportunities they seek are located, to live in cities with saturated economies and no new opportunities for fresh immigrants.

These beautiful African cities are amazing place to live in because they have security, they are emerging markets with many business and career prospects, and they have basic infrastructure as well many attractions for recreation. Besides, they have the warmth of African friendliness and hospitality. Here are the 15 best cities to live in in Africa:

1. Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg is one of the wealthiest modern cities in Africa; it has a lot of investment and career opportunities.  Its airport is one of the best in the world and it is home to the largest man-made forest in the world. The inner city is clean and there are several shopping malls, international hotels and restaurants. Johannesburg is an amazing city to live in.

2. Windhoek, Namibia

As the economic, social, cultural and political capital of Namibia it is the location of most government institutions. Though a relatively small city it has a bubbling business district which has trendy shopping malls, bars and restaurants. It has adequate healthcare services and has good educational institutions. Windhoek is a wonderful place to live in.

3. Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis has a high life expectancy with an average person living up to 74.6 years old; it the second happiest place to live in Africa. It is the first Muslim city to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tunis has an ever increasing manufacturing sector and the gross domestic product of the city is on the increase.

4. Nairobi, Kenya

A good number of multinational companies prefer to use Nairobi as the base for their operations in East Africa and in Africa at large; for instance, companies such as the Rockefeller Foundation and General Electric chose Nairobi for their African operations. Housing is affordable; their internet connectivity is one of the best in Africa. The technology market is promising, and the city has good social amenities and exciting attractions. The down side is transportation; it is preferable to have your own car.

5. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam is the economic and political nerve centre of Tanzania. It is the third fastest growing African city. It enjoys tropical weather all year round. It is home to the famous University of Dar es Salaam the oldest, as well as the largest, public university in Tanzania.  There is easy access to basic education as the primary education is free. Similarly, the city is blessed with beautiful attractions, exciting things to do and see, welcoming people and memorable experiences.

6. Cape Town, South Africa

Every amenity and luxury that can be found in the most developed metropolitan cities of the world is present in Cape Town. That could explain why the city has won several awards. It is a very colourful city located near several vineyards which produce some of the best wine money can buy and the city is located between mountains and the ocean. It is the hub of the digital and insurance sector in Africa.

7. Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda, has a large percentage of expatriates among its 1 million residents. The central business district has several modern buildings among which is the new 20-floor, New Kigali tower that hosts several offices and departmental stores. The diverse wildlife of the country is a great attraction to tourists and it’s home to the exotic mountain gorillas. Kigali has wonderful housing developments. The weather is moderate most of the time and there are a variety of exciting activities with good amenities for locals. The people are friendly and always welcoming.

8. Kumasi, Ghana

Kumasi is host to one of the largest markets in West Africa which has over ten thousand stalls. The city has many beautiful flowers and exotic plants species which is why it is called “The Garden City”. The legendary hospitality and warm friendliness of the people of Ashanti region, in which Kumasi is located, makes it a livable city.

9. Libreville, Gabon

Libreville is the largest city of Gabon. It has a literacy rate of about 90 percent. The lifestyle of the people is greatly influenced by the French, which explains the city’s beautiful architecture and monuments, grand boulevard and stylish design of the city generally. Its unique features include a natural landscape, beautiful beaches, parks and nature reserves and that makes living in Libreville like a permanent vacation. Away from its beautiful attractions, the city is developed and urbanized with amenities to serve the people. It is also an oil-rich city.

10. Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos is known to be the most populous city in Nigeria. Lagos, the city of aquatic finery, is steeped in history and culture and has remarkable array of magnificent architecture, and stunning attractions. The city is main economic hub of Nigeria, despite not being the capital city of the country; it has many notable companies, educational institutions and top-notch amenities. The city is an interesting place to live in, and offers friendly people and unforgettable experiences.

11. Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone is politically stable and has a flourishing economy. It is also one of the most peaceful cities in Africa. The proceeds from diamonds are the major driver of development in Gaborone.  Another major contributor to Gaborone's economy is the exportation of beef to Europe. Tourism is well developed as are the sports and recreational facilities. Many South African departmental stores can found in the city.

12. Accra, Ghana

Accra, the capital city of Ghana, is a modern city with classic bars, restaurants, shopping malls and night clubs.  It also has a flourishing real estate sector, little wonder it has become a favourite vacation destination for upper-class Africans and tourists - especially Nigerians who take a short flight to stay in their weekend homes in Accra. The Ghanaians are very friendly people and their tropical environment is enjoyable to visitors. 

13. Algiers, Algeria

Algiers is fondly referred to as the “Paris of North Africa”. In Algiers the visual magnificence of Europe beautifully blends with the splendour of the Arab world. The city has a booming economy and accommodates a lot of expatriates and foreign employees. Interestingly the city runs on a socialist system which does not stress class differences. The tourist attractions of Algiers are spectacular, with beautiful sandy beaches and fascinating landscape.

14. Grahamstown, South Africa

Grahamstown located in the Eastern Cape Province, is an arts and literature centre. The world- famous National Arts Festival which holds in the city every winter is a big drawcard. There is easy access to higher education in the city as the renowned Rhodes University is located there. It is known as a city of academia because it is the only South African city with Education as its major economic sector. Over 40 religious buildings of various faiths located in the city has earned it the alias “City of Saints”

15. Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara has magnificent architecture, a promising Italian-Eritrean community which has existed since colonial days. It is the economic hub of the nation and was described by Madote.com as “the safest in the world,” though political instability in recent times has seen many refugees. However, Asmara is a city that is well developed. When it comes to living here, there really is something for everyone.

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