Africa capital cities to visit

 

Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire

Yamoussoukro

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

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

Lomé

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

Antananarivo

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

Yaounde

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

Bamako

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

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

Cairo

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

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

Brazzaville

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

Kampala

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

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

Freetown

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

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

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

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

Bangui

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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Monrovia, Liberia

Monrovia

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

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

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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Algiers, Algeria

Algiers

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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Hargaisa, Somaliland

Hargeisa

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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Mogadishu, Somalia

Mogadishu

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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Dakar, Senegal

Dakar

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

Accra

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

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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Juba, Sudan

Juba

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

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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Rabat, Morocco

Rabat

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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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou

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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Djibouti, 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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Maseru, Lesotho

Maseru

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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Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe

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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Harare, Zimbabwe

Harare

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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Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo

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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Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka

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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Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone

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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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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Guine Bissau, 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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Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli

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

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

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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Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek

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

Malabo

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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Nouackhott, Mauritania

Nouakchott

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

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Jamestown, Saint Helena Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Jamestown

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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Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria

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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Luanda, Angola

Luanda

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

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Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali

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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Mbabane, Swaziland

Mbabane

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

Nairobi

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

Libreville

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

Mamoudzou

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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