WATCH: Why you should visit 5 of Africa's fastest growing cities

2019-10-11 14:45 - Marisa Crous
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Johannesburg is SA's richest city. People know that's where the money is. And according to Fin24, South Africa is still the wealthiest African country. But whose economies are booming around the continent? And why pay them a visit? 

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Luanda, Angola

Many African cities like Luanda and Dar es Salaam are experiencing a population boom, growing exponentially. According to DW, the average age of Luandans is 20.6 years. Angola's elites have benefitted from the country’s large oil reserves, and subsequently, Luanda is one of the most expensive cities in the world.  

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Why go there? Be sure to see the Saint Michael Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and historical attraction that was erected by the founder of Luanda, Portuguese explorer Paulo Dias de Novais.   

The world’s most populous Portuguese-speaking capital city, also has cuisine worth travelling for, says Road and Kingdoms. Expect stews with Portuguese and Brazilian influences. 

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The largest city in East Africa, it is an important economic and trade centre for the region. According to DW.com, between 2000 and 2018, the population grew an exorbitant 116%. 

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Why go there? A lot of travellers pass through this city on their way to the islands or go via here when setting out on safari. However, the city is well-worth a go-see. Spend time in the warm Indian Ocean and explore the beaches of Coco and Kigamboni; or go shop leather goods, fabric and more at the central, Kariakoo Market

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Kumasi, Ghana

Kumasi now has more people than the capital, Accra. Because of the ever-growing economic opportunities within the city, it attracts many people from the North of the country, who move here in search of work and financial independence. 

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Why go there? Go check out the Kejetia Market, which has a whopping 11 000 stalls to shop from. Another not-to-be-missed site is the Lake Bosumtwi, located 30km outside the city. This natural lake is situated within an ancient impact crater spanning 10.5 kilometres in diameter. 

Lusaka, Zambia

Considered the world's fifth fastest-growing city, Lusaka has seen a lot of commercial growth in recent years, buildings are popping up all over the place, particularly shopping malls and American fast-food chains like KFC and Pizza Hut, says World Atlas. 

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Why go there? There are markets, of course. But go to Cairo Road for some shopping as here you'll experience this busy city first-hand. Also go enjoy the nightlife and listen to live rhumba, kwela and R&B gigs. 

Antananarivo, Madagascar

The city has grown massively over the last few years, mainly due to rural depopulation, says DW.com. The capital of Madagascar is up 4.4% in population over the last year, according to the United Nations. 

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Why go there? Independence Avenue is approximately a 1-kilometre, double lane street lined with shops, cafes and hotels in the centre of Antananarivo. Be sure to take some time to check it out. The city is also home to a very vibrant art scene - start at Lisy Art Gallery, a great place for shopping local goods and art. 

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