Africans practice all forms of hospitality by going the extra mile to make their guests feel welcome or feel at home. There are many hospitable cities in Africa, which are welcoming and open to everyone; association is very informal and they have attractive places to eat and stay, exciting exhibitions, festival and entertainment. The people are proud of their cities and they welcome people into them, they have a sense of confidence in their own identity, purpose, history and culture.
We hope our list gives you several ideas for your next holiday. Our starting point was, “What kinds of cities in Africa make guests feel welcome?” We created our list based on these hospitability criteria:
A. Quality service in hotels and restaurants.
B. Tourist attractions and leisure amenities
Therefore, in no particular order, we present to you our most hospitable cities in Africa:
1. Cape Town in South Africa has a reputation for picturesque attractions, luxury hotels, unique cuisine and friendly people. The city is a significant tourist destination in Africa. Tourists visit this city in search of art and cultural activities, tasty foods, adventure, cleanliness and healthy environment, great weather and entertaining experiences. Cape Town’s scenic charm is complemented by the hospitable nature of its people which amazes every visitor.
2. Mombasa, Kenya
Over the years, Mombasa has effectively saved its old-fashioned charm and diverse culture. The city is a combination of natural beauty and urban fascination. Even though, Mombasa is a tropical destination, there is just something different about the city. Visitors who travel to Mombasa are lured by the scene of stunning beaches, exclusive cuisine and friendly people. Mombasa is a clean city; you won’t see waste on beaches or in the forest. The people love their city; they appreciate and respect it a lot.
3. Zanzibar, Tanzania
You may have wondered how the people of Zanzibar who are a mix of diverse ethnics – (Africans, Arabs, Comorians, Bantu and maybe Asians and Europeans) can live in harmony and still be as warm and friendly as they are. Their religion, social and cultural interaction reflects their historical influences and they are renowned for their hospitality and pleasant cohabitation. If you are looking for a perfect place to relax, Zanzibar is a great destination to visit. Beautiful beaches, fabulous attractions and exciting things to do!
4. Calabar, Nigeria
It’s been said that Calabar people are the most hospitable people in Nigeria. Tourists visit Calabar because it’s an adventurous, accommodating and sociable local population who keeps the city more hospitable. There is always something fun and lively going on in this city. Apart from the chains of hotels and restaurants that offer unique accommodation, cuisine and hospitality, the city draws a lot of people, both locally and internationally to its exciting events called Calabar carnival every year. The city has become a momentous tourist destination in Nigeria.
5. Kololi, Gambia
People of Kololi enjoy life to the fullest. a resort town on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in Gambia. The town may not boast of any famous attraction or popular skyscrapers but it does have a sociable local population that are welcoming and accommodating. The town is home to a lot of restaurants, bars and hotel resorts that provide quality services for modern living. The town is very clean and there are several tourist attractions that will make your travel experience memorable.
6. Cairo, Egypt
Generally, Egyptians are very friendly people. Cairo, the capital city of Egypt has an authentic historical charm combined with diverse architecture and good hospitality. Tourists visit this city to experience the warmth of the reception of the people. If you are visiting Cairo as a traveler, you will never feel alone because you will make friends within a short time. Cairo is one of the best vacation spots in Africa, there are many stunning attractions, things to do and lots of restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels. In Cairo, a foreign person feels at home instantly!
7. Gaborone, Botwana
Gaborone, the vibrant capital city of Botswana is steeped in history and culture. The city has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere with spirited and friendly people who make visitors quickly feel at home. The city also offers amazing attractions, shopping malls, restaurants and hotels for warm accommodation. As a lively metropolis, Gaborone is perfect place to relax with plenty of things to see and do.
8. Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis is an ancient city yet sophisticated, and it is much loved by tourists and locals. The city has unique cultural practices and due to its affluent history, there are many historic places to see. You’ll also find a number of superb restaurants and hotels scattered all over the city. The people of Tunis are amazing people; they are very hospitable and always helpful to foreigners.
9. Casablanca, Morocco
The nicest way to describe Casablanca is as a hospitable city with a pleasant atmosphere and friendly people. As one of the biggest cities in Africa, one may wonder how sociable the city can be. However, the Moroccans take pride in their city and they are always proud to show visitors how great and friendly they are. The city boasts a vibrant culture and it is famous for its beautiful architecture, tourist hotspots, majestic hotels and amazing restaurants.
Thinking of visiting Africa? Visit any of these cities and immerse yourself in their culture, get to know the locals, you will be amazed at how friendly they are and you will surely enjoy your vacation.
By Okoye Chizzy