Top 12 most developed cities in Africa

African cities are constantly among the fastest developing cities in the world. Even though a lot of improvement is still needed in some parts of this continent, Africa is home to some of the most developed cities in the world.

In this post, we’ll introduce the top 12 most developed cities in Africa.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast


Although Ivory Coast has been thru a lot during history, Abidjan has never stopped developing and thriving which is the reason why Abidjan is one of the most developed cities in Africa. This city attracts a lot of tourists to itself each year, as well as job seekers.

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam truly lives its name – Abode of Peace – as this city is the most peaceful city in Africa. Dar Es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city and the country’s former capital. This city has a lot to offer, such as the Kariakoo market, the most crowded and largest in East Africa, or Bongoyo Island, and Coco beach.


Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis, the capital of Tunisia is home to about 700,000 people. This city is very well organized and among the fastest developing cities in Africa. Tunisia as a country is the most democratic Arab country in the world and is finding a new reputation for itself in the modern world.

Lagos, Nigeria

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Lagos is known as the most populous city in Africa as well as the world. This city is the heart of West Africa’s economy and has the best nightlife in Africa. Lagos also has the title of the city that never sleeps!

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg is the second-largest city in South Africa after Cape Town, and a wealthy one! There are tons of job opportunities in the city and Johannesburg is also home to the largest man-made forest in the world.


Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is one of the most developed cities in Africa, and the largest city in South Africa. This city is blessed with having spring-like weather all year round, stunning beaches, and some of the best wineries in the world.

Algiers, Algeria

Algiers coast

Algiers is known as the Paris of North Africa. This city has beautiful architecture, white sand beaches, and a thriving economy. A lot of expats live in Algiers, enjoying the special social system that doesn’t allow the class difference to be too obvious!

Gaborone, Botswana

The most democratic African country, Botswana, is home to one of Africa’s most developed cities, Gaborone. This city is among the world’s most diamond producers. Residents of Gaborone enjoy a politically stable city and a booming economy which attracts foreigner investors like there’s no tomorrow!

Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is one of the most attractive cities in Africa. This city is home to important international organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the main coordinating headquarters for the UN in Africa and the Middle East, the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). This city attracts countless tourists to itself each year.


Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar is a modern city in Senegal that is famous as Paris of Africa because of its fashion industry which is a mixture of European, Islamic, and African which makes Dakar’s fashion an attractive and important one in the world. A lot of Europeans decide to retire in one of the retiree towns around Dakar.

Port Louis, Mauritius

Port Louis, Mauritius

Port Louis in Mauritius is one of the most modern cities in the whole of Africa. Visitors love Port Louis so much that some of them decide to stay there longer (in some cases even permanently). Port Louis is a melting pot of cultures where most people speak at least three languages fluently.


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is the country of wonder, with some of the least developed tribes in Africa, as well as such a modern and well-developed city like Addis Ababa. This city is growing fast and the skyline is constantly changing.

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29 thoughts on “Top 12 most developed cities in Africa

  1. I particularly enjoy your posts on Africa because I am from Africa and I also live in Africa. I live in Lagos, Nigeria!! It’s so spot on about the fact that the city never sleeps. You got that right and there are a lot of people as well. Hehehe. A local read this one. Thanks for sharing this post!

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    1. I lived in Sea Point, Cape Town, which is “where Nigeria lives” and I can assure you that one just could never sleep solidly for even an hour.

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      1. That’s fair. Still, even though I’m an economist, economic development is not everything. I think Bobby Kennedy summed it up best: “The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”

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          1. Thank you! I had an econ professor who thought Bobby Kennedy was full of s**t though (his own words). All I say is, if you want to be taken seriously, don’t throw shade at the Kennedys, and most importantly, don’t quote Richard Nixon or any other airheaded Republican!

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