Ten African Cities I Cannot Wait to Explore
Africa is an untapped territory waiting to be explored. The new breed of travellers all over the world are becoming more aware of its potential, thereby adding African countries to their bucket lists. With the diverse mix of cultures, colors, tradition, food and more, what’s not to love about this thriving continent? From our pristine beaches, to our magnificent wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, interesting and hospitable people, our beautiful fashion, bubbly music to our delicious and spicy food, there are so many things to see and do in Africa. All 54 countries in Africa are amazing in their own way; many are still tagged underdeveloped and developing, but there is definitely something interesting and unique about every country.
As I am in absolute awe of the continent, my dream would be to travel all 54 African countries. Currently, I have visited Togo, Benin Republic and Ghana. Here is a list of my top ten African cities which I hope to explore in the future.
Cape Town, South Africa
I honestly do not think I have seen any shabby looking picture of this urban, fabulous South African city. The fact that it is a harbor town makes the views even more spectacular. Cape Town is one of the top tourist destinations not only in the world, with tourist attractions like Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, V&A Waterfront and Clifton beach.
The architecture, arts and unique culture make Marrakech a great place to explore. The city has many extraordinary palaces, gardens, uniquely built mosques and large market squares. Some of the famous places to visit are Majorelle Garden, The Medina which is a UNESCO world heritage site, Bahia Palace, amongst others.
Kampala is the largest city and capital of Uganda. It has been ranked as the best city to live in East Africa. The scenic views, exciting night life and the unique culture of the people are some of the reasons I cannot wait to explore Kampala.
Slowly becoming one of the most travelled to African cities, Dakar is a great place to explore. This francophone West African city is home to the largest statue in Africa, the African Renaissance Monument, fantastic beaches and notable architecture.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Hello Dar! Although the city is no longer the country’s capital, it is still Tanzania’s most prominent city and economic hub. Dar es Salaam which is translated as the abode of peace is the largest and most populated Swahili speaking country in the world. It has so many eye-catching beaches and other tourist attractions for visitors.
There are so many things to love about this East African city, but the most unique selling point is the wild life. There are so many wildlife parks and conservatories. The main parks I am excited to explore are the Nairobi National Park and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
Praia, Cape Verde
Praia is Cape Verde’s capital and largest commercial city. The city has stunning sceneries and houses many beach resorts and ancient Portuguese architecture.
With the rather distasteful and sad history of the Rwandan genocide, one would think there is nothing to discover in the country. However, that is not the case for this beautiful Eastern African country, especially its capital city Kigali. Kigali is a city on hills and the highest one being Mount Kigali. The city also has several memorials and museums including the Kigali Genocide memorial center.
Port Louis, Mauritius
Port Louis is Mauritius’ economic, cultural and political center and most populous city. It is known for its pristine and beautiful beach resorts, its vibrant culture, architecture, arts and festivals.
Cairo is Egypt’s largest city and the largest in the Arab world. Cairo is famous for their ancient architecture, predominantly the symbolic pyramids and vibrant culture.