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Old 03-19-2013, 01:44 PM
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What African cities do you consider to be quite nice?

I'm sure South African cities will be in almost everyone's lists, but there are other cities that seem quite beautiful and are practically unknown outside of their respective countries.

Take Windoek, the capital of Namibia, as an example:





I think the days of this nice city are numbered as more Africans discover this place and would want to move there, creating massive shanties in its outskirts and ruining what was once a nice place. This is exactly what has been happening in other nice African cities, I don't see why Windoek should be an exception. But at least for now, it seems to be quite a nice place.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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Windhoek looks stunning! Nice and modern.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:57 PM
 
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I would say either Luanda Sul (more of a suburb though) and Praia in Cape Verde.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:31 PM
 
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From my travels I find that Windhoek is nicer than any city in South Africa, much safer, friendlier people, and is actually progressing compared to some South African cities that seem to be heading in the opposite direction. There are a few informal settlements/townships there but not anywhere close to the amount of them you find in areas surrounding Johannesburg or Cape Town. When I was in Windhoek I felt much safer at night than I would during the day in Joburg or Durban.

Swakopmund is also a beautiful seaside town, sort of isolated, but has a German charm mixed with a nice African vibe, and friendly people. Walvis Bay lacks charm for the most part, but it's also very modern.

Back when my uncle visited Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) in the mid 90s, he said it was booming and extremely modern, however, with the troubles that started in Zimbabwe starting in 2000 for the most part it has declined significantly from my understanding.

Bloemfontein is one of the nicest and most overlooked major cities South Africa has to offer. Rich culture, vibrant, and very modern. Nelspruit often gets overlooked as well, it's not a huge city, but it's a nice place.

One place that definitely is not very modern, but oh so charming, is Maputo. (Mozambique's capital) You just have to visit, it has an extraordinary charm but is very run down, in some areas it reminded me of Haiti, with its decaying colonial architecture alongside the sea, but I find that is one of the things that gives it its charm.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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Wow Windhoek looks surprisingly developed, but is there much there of interest?
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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In my travels in Africa, the cities I liked best were Douala, Khartoum and Dakar. But that was a long time ago. Bukavu was in the prettiest setting, and Tananarive probably the most beautiful city itself. I don't count cities in southern Africa, which were simply European cities that were located on the African continent.

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Old 04-24-2013, 08:18 PM
 
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Gaborone, Botswana...

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Old 04-25-2013, 12:06 PM
 
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In my travels in Africa, the cities I liked best were Douala, Khartoum and Dakar. But that was a long time ago. Bukavu was in the prettiest setting, and Tananarive probably the most beautiful city itself. I don't count cities in southern Africa, which were simply European cities that were located on the African continent.
which "were"....
no longer, so you not counting them, that's off.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:18 PM
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Gaborone, Botswana...

I checked out Gaborone in Google Street View and I can't find that area of town. Does anyone know where its located?

Overall it is a nice town, but I haven't seen an area as built up as in the photo.
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