Cleanest Cities in Africa

Almost everyone knows the adage “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” Every country in the world and Africa as well strives to maintain its beauty through being clean.  The cleanest cities in Africa are hubs for the economy and therefore their physical appearance matters. Clean cities also promote the physical and mental state of its citizens. They are also tourist attractions. These days cleanliness is a prime issue and a major concern to many African cities.

The list below includes the best cities to live in Africa as well as the cleanest regionally. This, is the real face of continents pride, with real displays of modern African cities.

List of the Cleanest Cities in Africa

1. Cape TownSouth Africa
2. Port Louis Mauritius
3. JohannesburgSouth Africa
4. NairobiKenya
5. GaboroneBotswana
6. TunisTunisia
7. AccraGhana
8. LibrevilleGabon
9. Dar es Salaam Tanzania
10. WindhoekNamibia

10.Windhoek – Namibia

Windhoek, the tenth of Africans cleanest cities and is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Namibia. The city has adopted innovative and cheap ways of using the efforts of the local communities for collecting and removing solid waste. There are several tourist attractions and amenities for the residents.

9.Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Dar es Salaam is the largest and richest city in Tanzania. Despite its national significance, the city was once among the most trash-riddled cities in Africa. Things are changing for the better and is now one of the cleanest cities in Africa.  It is a major town and commercial port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast. Dar as commonly referred as by the locals is one of the best places to live in Africa.

The city developed from a fishing village. Dar es Salaam has an open-air Village Museum has re-created the traditional homes of local and other Tanzanian tribes and hosts tribal dancing. It also offers Tanzanian history exhibits, including the fossils of human ancestors.

 8.Libreville (Gabon)

It is the capital and the largest city of Gabon with almost half of the population of the country.  Libreville is a good city with clean paved roads and a European city look.  The National Museum of Arts and Tradition exhibits tribal crafts like masks and wood-carved artifacts. Nearby, the colossal Presidential Palace dates from the 1970s. Mont-Bouët open-air market sells a variety of items.

7.Accra (Ghana)

Accra capital and the largest city of Ghana is centered on British, Danish and Dutch forts and their surrounding communities. It is a relatively clean city but tends to accumulate filth.  The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park pays homage to Ghana’s first president.

Nkrumah’s mausoleum and a museum showcasing his life were built at the park. Makola Market is the city’s vast, colorful bazaar Labadi Beach and Kokrobite Beach are popular seafront spots that offer golden sand and high-energy nightlife

6.Tunis (Tunisia)

The capital and the largest city of Tunisia is Tunis which is a fairly clean city when compares to other cities in North Africa hence one of the cleanest cities in Africa. The City Council is in charge of keeping the city clean.  Some attractions include the centuries-old medina and the Bardo, an archaeology museum showcasing Roman mosaics in a 15th-century palace unit.

5.Gaborone (Botswana)

It was once one of the fastest developing cities in the world and is the capital city and largest city in the nation.  The city is under the management of the Gaborone City Council, which has taken many steps to keep the city clean. The city is now a sprawling urban center with almost 300 000 residents and is nearly unrecognizable from the tiny, administrative town it was when the country gained independence.

4.Nairobi (Kenya)

Nairobi ranks fourth in the top ten cleanest cities in Africa. It is popularly known as the Green City in the Sun and is the nation’s capital city. The County Government of Nairobi runs the city. Regardless of the corruption hype and cartels within the county, Nairobi remains one of the modern African cities.

Nairobi’s governor unveiled 14 new garbage collection trucks and one wheel loader to boost the city’s capacity to handle solid waste in 2014. It also homes to Nairobi National Park where visitors can see the endangered black rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and lions. There is a well-regarded elephant orphanage next to it which is often used by tourists as a starting point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya.

3.Johannesburg (South Africa)

List of the Cleanest Cities in Africa

Another one of the top ten cleanest cities in Africa is Johannesburg; South Africa’s largest city. Johannesburg is a modern and prosperous African city with skyscrapers, parks, gardens and residential areas. The authorities encourage residents of Johannesburg to volunteer their time to help clean up public spaces.

The large Soweto Township was home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is currently the Mandela House museum. Other museums that recount the struggle to end segregation include the sombre Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a former prison complex.

2.Port Louis (Mauritius)

Port Louis is the most populated city in Mauritius.  The capital city of the nation is the second of the top ten cleanest cities in Africa.   It is also Mauritius’ economic, political and cultural center. Port Louis is under the administration of the Municipal City Council of Port Louis. Doubtlessly, Port Louis is one of the best African country to live in

It has several buildings and monuments which are cultural and historical treasures. The central market is a focal point for those who want to feel close to the soul of the country.  There are other historic sites including the Champ de Mars which is the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere.

1.Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town has won many prestigious international travel awards for its beauty. The city rests between the ocean and the mountains with all the amenities and sophistication of an urban area.  The city’s Solid Waste Management Department ensures that the street and public spaces are clean. This is not only the most modernized city in Africa but one of the safest places in Africa every tourist admires.

Visitors can use rotating cable cars to get to the mountain’s flat top, to enjoy sweeping views of the city, the harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the prison that Nelson Mandela was held, it is now a living museum.

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The authorities managing these Africans cleanest cities are doing their best to keep them clean.  It is quite shocking that Kigali in Rwanda has not made it this time yet it is a very immaculate city.

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6 thoughts on “Cleanest Cities in Africa

    • I thought so, Rwanda has a day set specifically for cleaning city streets. I really thought it should have been there on top 5 too.

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