Africa is the second largest continent and it is home to 54 countries and many more cities. If you’re considering visiting Africa, it can be a bit confusing trying to figure out what city to visit. For every African city you visit, you get a different feel, connection and vibe. One of our goal is to take the burden of travel planning off you, so we’ve come up with a list of our top 5 cities to visit in Africa. Let’s get to it!
Johannesburg, South Africa
This diverse southern African city is beyond magical. Joburg as its fondly called is South Africa’s entertainment centre. This city is an accurate depiction of modern day South Africa. A trip to Johannesburg allows you explore more than enough things: Soweto, Mandela’s house, the apartheid museum, Johannesburg zoo, world class malls and even the city’s nightlife. For tourists who need a bit of adrenaline rush, visit Soweto Towers to go bungee jumping.
Best time to visit: March to May (Autumn), September to November (Spring).
Currency: South African Rand.
The ancient city of Egypt is a dreamy holiday destination for history lovers. Cairo is the largest city and the capital of Egypt. Its a relatively safe city so tourists can be rest assured of their safety. Visit the museum of Egyptian antiquities, Mosque of Mohammed Ali, Cairo festival city mall, Cave church, Khan El-Khalili souk and sail on the Nile. To see the pyramids, you can take a taxi to Giza not too far away from the city centre. Egyptians are also known to love their coffee so, experiment and try different variations of coffee.
Best time to visit: March – May, October – November .
Currency: Egyptian pound
A discussion about East Africa is not complete without talking about Kenya’s capital city- Nairobi. Kenya welcomes you with so much warmth all thanks to the almost perfect weather. A major bustling metropolitan city, Nairobi is often referred to as the Wildlife capital. It offers you a combination of the safari experience and a modern city. Explore the national park, Giraffe manor, the elephants orphanage and many more. A trip to Nairobi guarantees you lots of fun and cool experiences with animals.
Best time to visit: June – October
Currency: Kenyan Shilling
Located in northern Africa, Morocco is a delight for people who are enthusiastic about architecture. Walk down the streets of Marrakech to take in the phenomenal architecture -be careful not to get lost. Marrakech is home to a lot of luxury resorts so if you’re looking to give yourself a lovely treat, Marrakech is the right place. Explore the souks and markets at night as that’s when they come alive.
Best time to visit: March – May
Currency: Moroccan Dirham
Nigeria’s entertainment hub – Lagos is probably the most fast-pace city you can visit in Africa. This west African city is home to gorgeous public and private beaches, museums, parks and restaurants. Ain’t no party like a Lagos party helps you understand that Lagos’ nightlife isn’t for the faint- hearted. Visit the Lekki conservation centre, Nike art gallery and shop at the Lekki Arts and Crafts market.
Best time to visit: November – February
Currency: Nigerian Naira