Africa capital cities to visit


Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire


Yamoussoukro is one of the most bizarre modern cities on the planet. The capital of Cote d'Ivoire is a sprawling grid of paved streets, but...

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Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, known to locals as just “Addis,” is a quickly-evolving city whose recent economic growth is one of Africa's greatest success stories

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Asmara, Eritrea


Asmara is a diamond of a city. The sun shines down on its peaceful neighborhoods for eight straight months of the year, and the streets are...

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Lomé, Togo


Once known as the Paris of West Africa, Lomé is one of the continent's most charming cities. Attractive and safe, the capital of Togo is...

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Antananarivo, Madagascar


Nearly every corner of Antananarivo seems to bustle with activity. Motorcycles whiz down the crowded streets, slicing through a sea of bodies...

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania's and the country's capital, but it feels more like a quaint village. The down-to-earth city is...

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Yaounde, Cameroon


Yaoundé stands out from other West African capitals because of its lush green and hilly setting. The air is also cooler in the city because it...

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Bamako, Mali


There are plenty of reasons to love Bamako. The capital of Mali is always buzzing with activity. Colorful markets spill into the streets, great...

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Conakry, Guinea


Conakry is a spirited city. Friendly, musical, colorful and a bit wild, the capital is the epitome of African flavor. Subtle charms enchant visitors...

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Cairo, Egypt


The choreographed chaos of Cairo often hits first-time visitors like a ton of bricks. The capital is vibrant jumble of sounds, sights and smells...

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Abuja, Nigeria


Abuja is quickly becoming one of Africa's most exuberant cities. The purpose-built capital is in the heart of the Nigeria, a neutral location...

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Brazzaville, Congo


Low-key and unassuming, Brazzaville was founded in 1880 by a Franco-Italian explorer named Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, and the city still...

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Kampala, Uganda


Confident and compelling, Kampala is Uganda's center of intellectual excellence, commercial activity and political intrigue. Although deeply...

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N'Djamena, Chad


N'Djamena is a city of contrasts. The capital of Chad is quickly growing, and estimates project the population to double to over two...

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Freetown, Sierra Leone


For many visitors, Freetown feels more welcoming than other large cities in West Africa, perhaps due to its beautiful setting and welcoming...

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Khartoum, Sudan


Khartoum is one of Central Africa's most modern cities. Built where the Blue and White Niles join, the city boasts high-rise buildings, paved...

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Niamey, Niger


Niamey lies on the lush shores of the Niger River. The capital is refreshing, and visitors can immerse themselves in the busy markets, take...

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo


Kinshasa is a sprawling city home to more than six million people. Built on the Congo River's banks, the city is a huge metropolis defined...

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Bangui, Central African Republic


Founded by the French in 1880, Bangui is reminiscent of its founders' aesthetics. A bustling central market is the heart of the city, and all the...

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Algiers, Algeria


The whitewashed city of Algiers is a big, bustling destination on the dazzling Mediterranean coast. The thousand-year old city was a thriving...

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Monrovia, Liberia


Sprawled over the narrow peninsula formed by the sea and the Mesurado River, the Liberian capital of Monrovia is recovering from the...

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Victoria, Seychelles


Victoria is the main commercial, economic, cultural and political hub of the Seychelles, but the capital retains a charming provincial...

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Tunis, Tunisia


Tunis is the best introduction to Tunisia, where Eastern and Western influences collide to create one of the region's most interesting cities...

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Hargaisa, Somaliland


More than 1.2 million people call Hargeisa home. The capital of Somaliland is safe, peaceful and growing rapidly since Somalia's collapse...

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Dakar, Senegal


Dakar is brimming with life, from its exuberant markets to its bustling streets and festive cultural scene. The Senegalese capital is home to...

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Accra, capital city of Ghana


Since its founding in the 17th century, Accra has grown into a buzzing capital city known for its rich Western-style buildings and friendly...

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Mogadishu, Somalia


Since its founding in the 17th century, Accra has grown into a buzzing capital city known for its rich Western-style buildings and friendly...

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Banjul, Gambia


Banjul is one of the best examples of urban Africa. The sand-blown streets play host to colorful markets and fading colonial buildings, and...

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Rabat, Morocco


Rabat has all the cosmopolitan chic of Casablanca minus the frantic pace and gritty atmosphere. Well-kept and quite European, the city is...

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Juba, Sudan


Juba is the capital of South Sudan and one of the world's most quickly growing cities. South Sudan is rapidly developing thanks to an abundance of...

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Moroni, Comoros


Moroni makes visitors feel like they are in an entirely different world. A romanticised Arabia where the air is heavy, the capital of...

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Djibouti, Djibouti


The city of Djibouti is little more than a ramshackle port village, where the paint is peeling off colonial buildings and modern structures...

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Harare, Zimbabwe


In many ways, Harare is an atypical African capital, influenced more by its Western history than by its West African roots. You will find...

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Lilongwe, Malawi


Lilongwe is a pleasant little city with a vibe that is more sleepy than spectacular, making it a nice break from exploring other larger cities...

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


Ouagadougou, or as the locals simply call it, Ouaga, is a truly African capital. Although it is the political center of one of the world's poorest...

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Maseru, Lesotho


Maseru has always been one of Africa's quieter cities, but the capital of Lesotho has rapidly expanded in recent years. Today, the city is...

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Maputo, Mozambique


Maputo is undeniably one of the most attractive capitals in all of Africa. Trees line the avenues, cafes spill out onto the sidewalks and...

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Gaborone, Botswana


Fifty years ago, Gaborone was a dusty one-horse town with little character. Today, it is a continually-growing city that is home to over...

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Porto Novo, Benin

Porto Novo

Porto-Novo was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and the capital still retains much of that influence. It is the second largest...

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Lusaka, Zambia


The small Zambian capital of Lusaka is a delightful mix of traditional African style and modern influences. Although the city does...

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Guine Bissau, Bissau


In comparison to many other African cities, Bissau is a quiet capital. The city lacks the chaotic hustle and bustle of other capitals, offering a...

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São Tomé, São Tomé e Principe

São Tomé

São Tomé Town is the capital of the second smallest nation in Africa, but the paradisiacal town has a big personality. Surrounded by...

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Tripoli, Libya


From its setting on one of the best natural harbors in North Africa, Tripoli exuded an exotic Arabic-Islamic flavor peppered with Mediterranean...

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Bujumbura, Burundi


Bujumbura is as exotic as its name sounds. The Burundian capital sits on the shores of Lake Tanganyika surrounded by looming mountains...

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Praia, Cape Verde


Praia is the busiest city in Cape Verde and has been its capital since 1770. Located on Santiago Island’s southern end, the city has good...

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Pretoria, South Africa


For such a young city, Pretoria has a remarkable amount of history. The administrative capital of South Africa was once the headquarters...

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Windhoek, Namibia


The German-influenced city of Windhoek is the capital and commercial nerve center of Namibia. Set in the Central Highlands, the city's...

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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea


The first things visitors see when they fly into Malabo are the coastal refineries, tankers and oil platforms that surround the capital's...

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Kigali, Rwanda


Rwanda's nickname is the “Land of Eternal Spring,” and the capital city of Kigali fits the bill. The small but attractive city sprawls over...

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Nouackhott, Mauritania


Founded after independence in 1960, Nouakchott is the sprawling capital of Mauritania. The intriguing city is short on traditional tourist...

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Luanda, Angola


Perched on the Atlantic coastline, Luanda's spectacular setting matches its exotic atmosphere. Since Angola gained independence over...

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Jamestown, Saint Helena Ascension and Tristan da Cunha


If you are looking for isolation, there are few better places to go than Jamestown, the capital of St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension. The...

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Mbabane, Swaziland


Relaxing but nondescript, Mbabane is a great place to recharge and unwind against the picturesque setting in the Diangeni Hills...

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Port Louis, Mauritius

Port Louis

In the shadows of the Pieter Both and Le Pouce mountain peaks lies Port Louis, the capital, economic hub and largest city in Mauritius...

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Nairobi, Kenya


Long a jumping-off point for safaris for adventurers like Ernest Hemingway and Teddy Roosevelt, Nairobi remains the first stop for...

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Libreville, Gabon


A city of contrasts, Libreville is glitzy in some areas and ramshackle in others. The beaches are lined with high-rise hotels, expats from...

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Mamoudzou, Mayotte


The Mayotte Islands are known for their breathtaking natural splendor and unique plant and animal life. The capital of Mamoudzou lies on the...

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