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Top 10 most developed cities in Africa (UPDATE 2024)

Developed cities in Africa: Explore the top 10 most advanced urban centers in 2024, highlighting economic growth and urban progress on the continent.

Africa, the continent captured in bad lightning and a poverty stricken storytelling that seems to interest the global world. With her resourceful populations, and a basketful of natural resource, the economy value and investment rubs of on the city. 

Despite the rains of civil unrest, epileptic economy and tardy leadership the continent could boast of developed cities ready to the change the worlds view of the continent. 

There are lots of beautiful cities in Africa, and this article is here to show the beauty. From the beautiful skylines of Abidjan to the peaceful neighborhoods of Dar Es Salaam, the landscapes of Nairobi down to the busy streets of Lagos, below are the highlights of 2024 Top 10 most developed cities in Africa.

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Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Abidjan is the capital of Ivory Coast. Also the center of attraction for trade investment in the country. Despite the civil wars experienced in the country for years, it still ranks as one most developed cities in Africa with its breathtaking skylines, and tourist attractions.

The country is the largest producer and exporter of cocoa, and only fourth as the largest exporter of goods in general, behind South Africa, Nigeria and Angola. Abidjan over the years has also remained top among largest, most beautiful and developed cities in Africa because of its infrastructures.

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam is not just a city in Tanzania, it is one which truly portrays the true meaning of its name – Abode of Peace – because it ranks as the most peaceful city in Africa. Other than being peaceful and highly developed, it is also the former capital of Tanzania before it was moved to Dodoma in 1996.

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Dar Es Salaam is also the largest city in Tanzania with shoppers at Kariakoo market which is the most crowded and largest in East Africa. For the first timer looking for places to visit or things to do in the city, the Bongoyo Island, Mbudya Island, National Museum of Tanzania, Askari Monument,  Coco Beach are a number of good places to start.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The infrastructure and towering buildings of Addis Ababa compliments the city as its status as the capital and largest city of Ethiopia.  It is the home to amazing people with lots of activities to get you busy like the National Museum of Ethiopia, Mount Entoto, Lion Park and others. Addis Ababa cementing is status as a developed city in Africa is the headquarters of the African Union. The city is also referred to as ‘the political capital of Africa’ for its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos was known as the former capital of Nigeria until December 12, 1991, when Abuja was named the new Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. The city prides itself as the most populous city in Africa, in Nigeria and also as the ‘economic capital’ of West Africa. Lagos is home to many  businesses and is one of the busiest city in the continent. The city is mainly divided into the Mainland and Island, boasting of the finest and busiest places like Lekki, Victoria Island, Broad Street, Ojuelegba and lots more. The city is often referred to as the city that never sleeps because of the Lagos Nightlife attractions.

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is one of the most prominent city in Africa, both financially and politically. It is home to thousands of local businesses, ranks well among top city destinations for the world’s tourists and host international organizations like the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  and the main coordinating headquarters for the UN in Africa and Middle East, the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON).  Nairobi is a city the mix of business and culture.

Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis with over 2,600,000 inhabitants is probably the most developed and most organized city in Northern Africa. The wealth and expansion of the Tunisian economy in recent decades is reflected in the booming development of the outer city where according to a report one can see clearly the social challenges brought about by rapid modernization in Tunisia. This modernization is what brought about the development of Tunis to become one of the most developed cities in Africa, and an attraction spot for tourism making the city one of the most visited in North Africa.

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Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone is a stunning, mind-blowing and beautiful part of the Southern Africa with dynamic infrastructure, political stability, and rich culture. Not forgetting that Gaborone is one of the largest diamond producers in the world. Just a visit to Gaborone and you are hooked for life. So, before you think of visiting, make sure you are prepared for permanent relocation to that city because you wouldn’t let go easily. And on the fun side, there are no diamonds on the ground.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg isn’t the biggest city in South Africa, while it seats behind Cape Town with a population of about 1 million. The city is one of the finest and choice destination in South Africa. Johannesburg is a well developed city with beautiful attractions such as the City Deep which is the largest dry port in the world and the Apartheid Museum.

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Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja is the most developed city in Western Africa and the capital of Nigeria, which arguably is the most populous black nation in Africa. Beyond its beauty and development, Abuja is among the richest cities in Africa, not by GDP, but in terms of cash flows.

Cape Town, South Africa

You don’t get listed by luck on The New York Times and The Telegraph. Cape Town in 2014 was named the best place to visit in the world. Cape Town has rich European history and was largely developed by the colonial masters. Its well-developed infrastructures is second to none in Africa and among the best in the world.

So, if you are making that trip for the first time or not, the list should serve as a guide for interesting places to visit and should also change your perception of Africa. Kindly share your views about other developed cities in Africa with other PropertyPro readers.

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