There are many pleasant metropolises to live in Africa, lying in countries with political stability and growing economies. Here are three cities in Africa that provide a very enjoyable and satisfying stay for visitors and expats: Cape Town, Nairobi and Dakar.
Cape Town, South Africa, has been regularly among the top ten cities in the World, namely according to a survey by Condé Nast Traveller which voted the Mother City 8th best city in the world.
It has a lot of natural beauty because of which it is among the most fascinating cities in the world. The wonderful mountains are the most striking feature about Cape Town, which overlooks every part of the city. It is the most splendid heritage of the city that not only helps you find your way through, but also creates an ambience that is the true spirit and heart of Cape Town. The climate is Mediterranean and there is abundant sunshine for as long as 11-12 hours a day for most part of the year.
Besides, there are plenty of entertainment opportunities at all times of the year. It is the most cosmopolitan city in South Africa with fashionable high end wear stores and night clubs where celebrities can be spotted moving in and out. There is a plethora of world class restaurants, serving the best of wines. Cape Town, also known for being driven by design, has lots of contemporary art galleries and boutique hotels.
When you compare it with other destinations, it has a low cost of living whereas it provides a large assortment of affordable places to choose from, sea facing, with a swimming pool or a large garden. There are good world class health care facilities and schools for kids in the private sector.
There has been a considerable economic growth in Kenya's capital despite the not so pleasant election in December 2007. This is evident from the vast development in property in the form of shopping centres, luxury town houses and the large number of apartment complexes along with bright new offices in multi-storey buildings. The city is now becoming crowded as the population is increasing and there are more vehicles on the roads.
Nairobi is a superb place where you can mix both work and enjoyment. The night life over there is remarkable and the city provides a good experience to those keen on shopping. It has a number of golf courses and you can also go for ice skating if you are a sport enthusiast. To top it all there are contemporary art galleries that allow you to have a peek at the finest exhibits and all this sums up to say that a weekend is too short a time to visit Nairobi.
Dakar, Senegal's capital is an important destination for cruise ships and the beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. In some parts of Dakar the flavour of colonial times is still alive whereas in others the authentic African way of life is quite evident. It has now opened up to the world. The location of Senegal provides people a gateway to West Africa which has made it a favoured destination for multinational companies like Google in 2010, to set up their West Africa operations in Dakar. The city is now at a junction where many international meetings are held on a regular basis.
Dakar provides a high quality of life to people living there, should you be a water sport lovers or a shopping addict. Recently opened and ultra modern Sea Plaza mall has infused a "Dubai flavor" in Senegal’s capital. Dakar also has a large variety of fine dining options for the visitor and these are growing cosmopolitan by the day, impacted by French gourmet cuisine.