Usually when we talk about “biggest cities,” we are talking in terms of population. Technically, measuring the size of a city is not all that cut and dry—it all depends on how you are defining a “city” (according to the size of the city proper, the span of its urban area, or the extent of its metropolitan area). For the sake of this article, we will be using the size of the city proper to determine population.
The 8 Biggest Cities in Africa
Let’s check out Africa’s largest cities!
8. Cape Town, South Africa: 3,740,026
First let us journey to Cape Town in South Africa. This beautiful coastal city has a gorgeous harbor and is one of the most popular destinations for tourists on the entire continent. Its balmy climate and famous Table Mountain National Park are a big draw for outdoor enthusiasts. The beaches are a great place to relax, and there are many posh hotels and bed and breakfasts here where you can immerse yourself in luxury. Cultural attractions in the city include the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and the Nelson Mandela Gateway.
7. Giza, Egypt: 4,239,988
The seventh largest city in Africa by population is also the second largest in Egypt. Giza is situated on the Nile’s west bank, just three miles from central Cairo. While you are visiting Cairo and Giza, be sure to stop in to see some of Giza’s notable sights, including St. George Cathedral and Cairo University.
6. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: 4,434,827
This is the largest city in Tanzania; its name translates to “the abode of peace.” It is both an economic and cultural centre, with a thriving arts and fashion scene. It also is the largest Swahili-speaking city on earth.
If you pay a visit to the “abode of peace,” take a trip to the nearby Mbudya and Bongoyo Islands and relax on the tranquil beaches. You can also check out the Tanzania Centre for Cultural Heritage, the Village Museum and the National Museum.
5. Johannesburg, South Africa: 4,434,827
This is the biggest city in South Africa and is also one of the 50 largest urban areas worldwide. It is not a capital city of South Africa, but it is the provincial capital of Gauteng. This is economically significant, as Gauteng is the country’s wealthiest province. The gold and diamond trade in the Witwatersrand hills has resulted in an affluent community which serves as a great destination for tourists. There are a number of fantastic museums in town as well as art galleries and shopping districts. There are also some wildlife parks to explore, like the Johannesburg Zoo and the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve.
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