Places To See In Africa: Top 10 Cities
Cape Town | South Africa
Places To See In Africa: Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island in Table Bay.’CAPE TOWN TOURISM: ROBBEN ISLAND CAPE TOWN‘ The notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela is now a living museum.
Kigali | Rwanda
Places To See In Africa: Kigali, with a population of more than 1 million, is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is situated near the geographic centre of the nation. Not only is Kigali beautiful, but it is also the cleanest and safest capital city in the continent. ‘Rwanda Travel Advice : 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Rwanda‘ The fact that it is so green and hilly adds to the aesthetic allure of the place. It is not surprising thus that Kigali is considered to be one of the most liveable cities in Africa! With impressive urban development plans and efficiency in road construction, Kigali has become a well organised and structured city that gives its visitors and inhabitants a feeling of peacefulness and serenity. Indeed, nothing beats the views that you can get from the top of the numerous beautiful hills.
Essaouira | Morocco
Places To See In Africa: Essaouira is a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which were designed by European engineers. Old brass cannons line the walls, and there are ocean views. Strong “Alizée” trade winds make the city’s crescent beach popular for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. With an ancient medina and lustrous fortifications which date back to the 18th century, kilometres of stunning beaches, and a charming harbour and fish market to stroll around, Essaouira is one the most beautiful towns to visit on the continent. It guarantees moments of peace and tranquility far away from the mayhem of bigger cities and the charmless all-inclusive resorts of Morocco. As the wind and currents are quite strong, it is the perfect spot to windsurf and kitesurf. In addition to being a picturesque coastal town, Essaouira is thus also a paradise for those who love watersports.
Luxor | Egypt
Once ancient Egypt’s capital called Thebes, Luxor has attracted many travellers and Egyptologists since the 19th century. They come in search of ancient wonders that still dominate the city’s landscape. The name ‘Luxor’ itself is translated by ‘Palaces’. Luxor is now a beautiful city with spectacular sceneries of the Nile river and desert landscapes, and a vibrant city life. It is also home to the remains of the tombs of the Pharaohs, the beautiful temple of Karnak, the Temple of Hatshepsut; the only woman who has ever been a Pharaoh, and the stunning Valley of the Kings among others. The last two are most beautiful at dawn when viewed from up in the sky while on a hot air balloon ride.
Djenne | Mali
Places To See In Africa: Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. The town is the administrative centre of the Djenné Cercle, one of the eight subdivisions of the Mopti Region. The town of Djenne is one of the oldest in the country. Indeed, its establishment dates back to the years 800 BC. It is a fascinating and beautiful place with mud brick houses decorated with paint. And not only are homes made out of mud, but mosques are as well. In fact, the largest and most creative mud-made building with wooden sticks coming out of the walls; namely the Grand Mosque, lies in Djenne. With its magnificent mud-made sights, this is certainly a town that is unique.
Stone Town | Tanzania
Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe, is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania.. Stone Town is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Right off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, the island of Zanzibar is one which combines a fascinating and rich history to beautiful white sand beaches with crystal clear waters, and Stone Town is its cultural heart. Over the last 200 years, little has changed in this old city. Extravagant houses with carved wooden doors, the Sultan’s palace, winding alleys and narrow streets, and animated bazaars make Stone Town a fascinating place to wander around. No wonder that this Swahili coastal trading town is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Mozambique City | Mozambique
Located on the tiny three-kilometre-long island of Mozambique, Mozambique City is a picturesque and stunning fortified city. It used to be a Portuguese trading post on the way to India. Since the 16th century, the place has kept its impressive architectural unity. Buildings are all made out of the same materials and decorative ideas and using the same techniques. The architecture also reflects the melting pot of cultures present on the island. Portuguese influences, just as much as local ones, and Arab and Indian traditions to a lesser extent can all be felt. This exceptionally pleasant town is today, one of the most fascinating towns in the region.
Windhoek | Namibia
Places To See In Africa: Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. It is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around 1,700 metres above sea level, almost exactly at the country’s geographical centre. Windhoek, Namibia’s largest city and capital, is a tidy and modern city with stunning pastel-painted buildings and traditional German houses. Wandering through the city centre of Windhoek will instantly reveal the beauty of the place. The ambiance there is usually laid-back. As it is a somewhat small, pedestrian-friendly city, it is quite walkable. Together with the modern skyscrapers, neo-baroque cathedrals and German ‘castles’ dominate the city’s skyline. Windhoek is a hassle free and cosmopolitan city that is very pleasant to walk around.
Lamu | Kenya
Places To See In Africa: Lamu or Lamu Town is a small town on Lamu Island, which in turn is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya. Lamu is a very relaxing and laid-back coastal town in Kenya. The only thing that could occasionally disturb the quietness of the place is the braying donkey or the call to prayer from the many mosques. It is, in fact, one of Africa’s best preserved Swahili settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travellers can spend hours strolling around the beautiful, narrow alleys in the old town. They can also relax at the nearby Shela Beach. Lamu is one of the best places to chill out, and adopt a slow, coastal lifestyle.
Bahir Dar | Ethiopia
Bahir Dar or Bahar Dar is a city in north-western Ethiopia. It is the capital of the Amhara Region. Administratively, Bahir Dar is a Special Zone, a designation in between a chartered city such as Addis. Wide streets with lines of palm trees and stunning river views make up Bahir Dar’s landscape; the beautiful capital of the Amhara region, and the third biggest city in Ethiopia. Located on the shores of the stunning Lake Tana, the city is home to some of the oldest monasteries and churches in the world. Visiting them is a must, and there are many boat tours to take travellers. The Blue Nile Falls are also one of the most spectacular sights to see in Ethiopia and are only a short distance away from Bahir Dar.