See The Top 10 Most Beautiful And Most Developed Cities in Africa

If you think Africa is underdeveloped, you better think again. These top 10 most developed cities in Africa will leave you asking “where has the cameras gone to all these while?”. Africa is far developed beyond Masai and Serengeti, far developed beyond ‘National Geo Wild’ cameras. Conflicts, diseases, and poverty are just very tiny part of Africa just like every other nations of the world. The difference is that Western medias and African NGOs overly focused on the continents negativity to create unnecessary sympathy for self gain.

A visit to Africa will change your mindset. In case you want to give it a go, here are the top 10 destinations in Africa you can visit today. These ten most beautiful and most developed cities in Africa is a testament of Western media misinformation about Africa.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Despite the civil wars that ravaged the country for years, creating untold hardship to the people of Cote D’Ivore, this nation especially it’s capital, Abidjan is till one of the most developed cities in Africa with some of the most beautiful skylines you would ever find in Africa.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast
The lagoons at the spots where the Atlantic’s blue waters caress the shore are one of the most prominent features of Abidjan and the Ivory Coast capital

A visit to Abidjan will leave in owe as to the level of development that has taken place in that region. Ivory Coast is a beautiful place for business and travels in Africa. The country is the largest producer and exporter of cocoa in the world, and the fourth largest exporter of goods, in general, in sub-Saharan Africa (following South Africa, Nigeria and Angola). In 2009, the cocoa bean farmers collectively earned $2.53 billion for cocoa exports.

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam is the capital of Tanzania and like the name goes, one of the most peaceful city in Africa. But much more than being peaceful, Dar Es Salaam is among the most developed cities in Africa one of the economic hub of the continent.

Dar Es Salaam
The beautiful city of Dar Es Salaam is home to many Europeans and Americans

Kariakoo is said to be the shopping district of the city, and the busiest and probably the largest in East Africa. Many shops, bazaars and merchants are said to dot the streets according to information from Wikipedia, selling a variety of products, from foodstuffs to hardware materials. Dar es Salaam is home to many foreigners from Asia, Europe, India, and America.

Tunis, Tunisia

The only city in Northern Arabic Africa that made it to this list, largely because of the political and religious unrest (Arab Spring) that has ravaged the region in recent years.

Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis, popularly refereed to by travel guides as the Tunisian Champs-Élysées

Tunis with it’s 2,700,000 inhabitants is probably the most developed and most organized city in Northern Africa. The wealth and expansion of the Tunisian economy in recent decades is reflected in the booming development of the outer city where according to a report one can see clearly the social challenges brought about by rapid modernization in Tunisia. This modernization is what brought about the development of Tunis to become one of the most developed city in Africa.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia is among the cities in Africa that are well developed to certain standard. The roads and buildings are world class which makes it ideal place to establish business in Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Home to some of the most beautiful women in Africa, Addis Ababa is truly a modern city anyone would like to visit. Though close to Somalia where Al Shabaab terrorist group have been exerting great destructive influences for some years now, Addis Ababa is very peaceful and devoid of terrorist attacks.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos used to be the capital of Nigeria till December 12 1991 when Abuja became the new Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. Pride itself as the most populous city in Africa, Lagos is the Nigeria and indeed the West African capital of commerce and trade.

View of The Victoria Island, Lagos

Far from the nightmare and notoriety we are made to believe about Lagos of which to a large extent is true, Lagos is probably the most exciting city to visit in Africa. The beauty of the city is not in anyway in doubt as you can see from the picture above, and the nightlife is by far the best in Africa. A beautiful city for business and leisure!

Nairobi, Kenya

Despite the recent attack on a shopping mall, University hostels, and other places in and outside Nairobi, the city still remain one of the most beautiful city in Africa, a choice destination for the world’s tourists.

Nairobi Kenya
Main district of Nairobi, Kenya

Excerpt from Wikipedia: Nairobi is one of the most prominent cities in Africa, both politically and financially. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the main coordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa and Middle East, the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture.

Gaborone, Botswana

Another beautiful city in the Southern part of Africa. Gaborone, the capital of Botswana enjoys political stability and economic strength, partly because it is one of the largest rough diamond producers in the world. But don’t expect to pick a diamond on the street 😀

Botswana Capital
The capital of Botswana

Just a visit to Gaborone are hooked for life. So, before you think of visiting, make sure you are prepared for permanent relocation to that city because you wouldn’t let go easily. However, HIV/AIDS remained it’s biggest handicap as quarter of the population (according to Wikipedia) are infected.

Johannesburg, South Africa

The biggest city in South Africa followed by Cape Town, Johannesburg is the second most developed city in Southern Africa with the population of about 1 million.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa

Although Cape Town takes most of the shine off Johannesburg, it is still one of the finest and choice destination in South Africa. Johannesburg is a well developed city with beautiful attractions such as the City Deep which is the largest dry port in the world and the Apartheid Museum.

Abuja, Nigeria

The capital of the biggest economy in Africa, the capital of the world’s most populous black nation, and the capital of the country that produced the richest man in Africa, what else do you expect from such city than beauty and development?

Abuja City
The city of Abuja being redeveloped by Churchgate

Abuja is the most developed city in Western Africa and second most beautiful city in Africa. Beyond it’s beauty and development, Abuja is among the richest city in Africa, not by GDP, but in terms of cash flows.

Cape Town, South Africa

It is not for nothing that both The New York Times and The Telegraph named Cape Town in 2014 as the best place to visit in the world.

Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is the best and most developed city in Africa

Cape Town has rich European history and was largely developed by it’s European colonial masters. It’s well developed infrastructures in second to none in Africa and among the best in the world.

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This article was updated on April 27th, 2017.

24 thoughts on “See The Top 10 Most Beautiful And Most Developed Cities in Africa

      1. Hi there! Is it okay if I use a few of these pictures on my website? Not for commercial purposes, the pictures will not be edited/changed in any way and we can credit all the photographers.

    1. The pictures are correct i live in Nairobi and the picture shown is the right one…we dont have lagoons in Nairobi since its not a coastal city

  1. I agree with the above,but here’s my opinion. We can have buildings made of gold as well as streets embedded with diamonds but will that civilise a culture into those of a European descent or American descent? That won’t happen! Unless we want the world to notice us and feel comfortable around us,we have to conform to a standard of living! It’s impossible in Africa now because we showed the world our standards! Stop being 3rd world in a city world class! It makes no sense. Let the world see us as civilised people and not poor starving servants. We have potential but….its all up to you reading this! God bless.

    1. One more thing to note. Africa is extremely rich in oil , more than the arabs in fact. Africa’s next economic boom will soon come :).

      1. The most developed and beautiful city in Africa is Casablanca – Morocco. Mind you, highrise buildings doesn’t mean development or beauty.

  2. please have you forgotten Accra?
    we all know Accra should be on this list with its billions of malls, industries, clubs,beautiful beaches etc….

  3. Cape Town was NOT only developed by colonial masters. The skycrapers, roads, highways and the infrastruture you see in Cape Town and in the rest of South Africa was built by the hands, blood and sweat of Black South Africans. Please refrain from minimising the huge contribution of Black South Africans to their own country.The colonial “masters” got rich off the labour and intellect of the native people.

  4. addis ababa is a blassed city in the world not only in africa so pls visit addis or finfinne and play with peace full oromo peoples

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