Let us talk about Africa. Yes, that continent which is the second largest and second most-populous continent. With a land mass of about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, Africa covers 6% of the earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area.
But that is not all; Africa has the most varied cultures consisting of a mixture of countries with various tribes that each have their own unique characteristics. African culture is expressed in its arts and crafts, folklore and religion, clothing, cuisine, music and languages and lots more. As a continent with large amounts of cultural diversity, various expressions of culture abound within Africa, this cultural diversity is found not only across different countries but also within single countries.
This article is for many within the continent and abroad who have heard of Africa’s vastness and wonder where would be the best place in Africa to live, work or serve as a memorable tourist hub. Here is a compiled list of the 10 best countries to live in Africa.
Read on, explore and feed your mind.
10 best countries in Africa to live in
1. South Africa
First on our list is South Africa.
According to data, South Africa is one of the most advanced nations in Africa, both economically and politically. South Africa is the world’s largest producer of gold, platinum, and chromium. It is one of the few African countries not to have had a coup d’état and has had regular elections for a century.
South Africa also has one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We speak of Cape Town. Cape Town has won a number of prestigious international travel awards. It possesses all of the amenities and civility of an urban area, yet the pace is decidedly relaxed, with the city being nestled between the ocean and the mountains, creating a suavity of work and play. It is known as the Mother city because it is the hub of the insurance and the growing digital sector. South Africa also has a friendly foreign policy that attracts foreign investors to the country.
Officially known as ‘the Kingdom of Morocco”. Morocco is a country located in the Maghreb region of North West Africa. Its capital is Rabat, and the largest city; Casablanca. It has the fifth largest economy in Africa. Tourism is one of the most significant sectors in the Moroccan economy. It is well developed in regards to infrastructures with a strong tourist industry with a focal point on the country’s coast, culture, and history. Morocco attracted more than 11 million tourists in 2017. Tourism is majorly focused on Morocco’s culture, such as its ancient cities. About 60% of Morocco’s tourists visit for its rich culture and heritage. For example, Agadir is a major coastal resort and has a third of all Moroccan bed nights. It is a convenient base for tours to the Atlas Mountains. The country also operates a fair policy that attracts foreign investors. Many businesses are also privatized.
Officially the Arab Republic of Egypt is known as the cradle of civilization. Egypt is home to over 95 million inhabitants, this makes Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arab world. With its historic monuments and sights, Egypt has been able to maintain its place as a major tourist attraction in the world. Over the years, the government has invested in communications and physical infrastructure. Egypt has a well-advanced energy market based on oil, coal, natural gas, and hydropower. This has helped economic conditions improve considerably. This was after a period of economic stagnation, and due to the adoption of more liberal economic policies by the government as well as increased profits from tourism and a thriving stock market. A new taxation law implemented in 2005 decreased corporate taxes from 40% to the current 20%, this resulted in a stated 100% increase in tax revenue by the year 2006 after the life insurance taxability discussion.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has rated Egypt as one of the top countries in the world seriously undertaking economic reforms. The Giza Necropolis is one of Egypt’s best-known tourist attractions; it is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence. Egypt’s beaches on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, which extend to over 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles), are also popular tourist destinations.
The Republic of Namibia is a country in southern Africa. With a population of 2.6 million people and a sound multi-party parliamentary democracy. The main sources of the country’s economy are agriculture, herding, tourism, and the mining industry. This includes mining for diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals. Namibia also has an advanced banking sector with modern infrastructures, such as online banking and cellphone banking. In 2013, Bloomberg, a global business and financial news provider named Namibia the fast-rising market economy in Africa and the 13th best in the world. Despite the remoteness of many parts of the country, Namibia has developed seaports, airports, highways, and railways. Namibia also aims to become a regional transportation hub.
Kenya is home to thousands of local businesses and many other international companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is a well-known hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second-oldest exchange on the continent. Another plus is affordable housing, coupled with one of the best internet connectivity in Africa. Generally, many investors and multinational organizations prefer having Nairobi, Kenya’s capital as their base for operations in other African countries.
Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. A country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Only about 10 percent of the population lives in the capital city, Gaborone. In the late 1960s, Botswana used to be one of the poorest countries in the world with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year. Botswana has since transformed itself into one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. The economy is essentially run by mining, herding, and tourism. Botswana boasts of a GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita of about $18,825 per year as of 2015, which is one of the highest in Africa. Botswana also has one of the most competitive and advanced banking systems in Africa.
Tunisia was in 2009 ranked the most competitive economy in Africa and the 40th in the world by the World Economic Forum. Tunisia has attracted many international companies such as Airbus and Hewlett-Packard. Tunisia is an export-oriented while averaging 5% GDP growth since the early 1990s. Tunisia has a diversified economy, ranging from agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and petroleum products, to tourism. In 2008 it had a GDP of US$41 billion (official exchange rates), or $82 billion (purchasing power parity) Among Tunisia’s tourist attractions are its cosmopolitan capital city of Tunis, the aged ruins of Carthage, the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Jerba, and coastal resorts outside of Monastir. According to the New York Times, Tunisia is “known for its golden beaches, sunny weather, and affordable luxuries”.
Tanzania has one of the third largest growing cities in Africa, Dar es Salaam, which is also one of the fastest in the world. Dar es Salaam is a regionally important economic centre. The city contains high concentrations of trade, manufacturing and other services compared to other parts of Tanzania. Dar es Salaam has two of the five museums consisting of the National Museum of Tanzania consortium also known as the National Museum proper and the Makumbusho Cultural Centre & Village Museum. Near the National Museum are also the botanical gardens, with tropical plants and trees.
Abundant petroleum and foreign private investment have helped make Gabon one of the most prosperous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the 7th highest and the fourth highest GDP per capita. Libreville, the largest city in Gabon is blessed with top-notch architecture and designs. Libreville has a newly developed stadium that hosted the 2012 African cup of nations. More development projects are popping up to make the city keep up with urbanization. Oil is a major driving force of the economy with more investments turning into other mining projects. Libreville is becoming a fast eco-tourist destination due to its natural landscape.
Ghana’s growing economic prosperity and democratic political system have made it a regional power in West Africa. Ghana is a country enriched with natural resources on an average. The country possesses industrial minerals, hydrocarbons and precious metals. It is a fast-rising digital economy. The country also has an economic plan target known as the “Ghana Vision 2020”. This plan aims at Ghana being the first African country to become a developed one between 2020 and 2029 and a newly industrialised country between 2030 and 2039. The warmth of the Ghanaian people is an asset and adds to what attracts foreigners to spend their leisure time in Ghana. The tropical climate makes it all the more appealing.