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Retirement Paradise: 6 Best Places to Retire in Africa

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Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Ever dreamed of retiring to Africa? This article takes a look at the best places to retire in Africa to aid in your planning. African countries have many benefits that make them top retirement destinations, from good infrastructure, natural wonders, diverse cultures and friendly weather conditions to most importantly, low living costs. You won’t find anywhere else in the world that has so much to offer as Africa.

Retirement is a time to enjoy the fruits of your labour and live your life to the fullest, so here are six best places to retire in Africa:

1. Marrakesh, Morocco 

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa, Marrakesh is also among the best places to retire in Africa. It is the ideal choice for those who want to spend their retirement days seeing the beauty of North Africa. From stunning architecture to vibrant souks and numerous hidden gems, you won’t get tired of living in Marrakesh. The surrounding Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains bestow the city a superb visual backdrop.


Marrakesh. Photo/ Expert Vagabond.

2. Mauritius 

How about spending your golden days in an island nation? Mauritius is a country in Eastern Africa offering that island life you have been dreaming about for years. Immaculate beaches, crystal clear waters, tropical climate, wild waterfalls and lush forestation. All that.

Mauritius also boasts various Smart Cities, good infrastructure and luxurious developments, including restaurants, cafes and spas. Its universal healthcare system covers every medical need you have while the private insurance can handle more serious conditions, hence you don’t have to go deep into your pockets. English is widely spoken here, so you won’t struggle communicating to the locals who are very friendly.


Mauritius offers you that island life you’vs wished for your entire life. Photo/ The Luxury Report.

3. Kumasi, Ghana 

Popularly referred to as the “garden city”, Kumasi is a beautiful city in Ghana known for its beautiful flowers and exotic plant species. It is in the middle of lovely green hills, so you enjoy the feel of country living while getting services of a big city.

One you’re set for retirement, Kumasi should be among your top destinations, not only because of the beautiful surrounding but also because of favourable weather conditions, welcoming locals, relatively low cost of living and plenty of places to spend your golden days exploring.

4. Algiers, Algeria

If your dream destination has always been Paris, why not settle for its North African version instead? The port city, which can be easily accessed via Europe or Middle East, has that French influence that can be felt in the shopping, food and wide boulevards.


Algiers is the Paris of Africa. Photo/

Some even call it the ‘Paris of North Africa’ due to its stunning landmark buildings, amazing designs and coastal ambience. There are numerous places to visit in the city, including Dar Hassan Pacha, Casbah, Bardo Museum and National Museum of Fine Arts of Algeria.

5. Kigali, Rwanda 

With friendly locals and a large community of expats, Kigali is one of the best places to retire in Africa. Rwanda enjoys political stability and low crime rates, and Kigali, being the capital, tends to benefit from these characteristics. Here, you’ll enjoy comfortable retirement, thanks to well-established healthcare facilities, safety, cleanliness, affordability and plenty of places to explore.

Besides English and Kinyarwanda, French is also spoken in Kigali, making it another top choice for French citizens who want to retire in Africa.

Best places to retire in Africa

Kigali in Rwanda. Photo/ YouTube

Which African Country Is Best for Expats to Live in?

  1. Mauritania
  2. Seychelles
  3. South Africa
  4. Morocco
  5. Tunisia
  6. Namibia
  7. Botswana

What Is the Best Place to Retire in Kenya?

Mombasa is the best place to retire in Kenya. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy, from swimming to sunbathing and windsurfing. Also, there are so many shops and restaurants and it’s easy to get around the city.

Where Is the Nicest Place to Live in Africa?

Port Louis, Mauritania, is considered the the city with the best living standards and safety in Africa. As a result, it is not only one of the best places to retire in Africa but also among the nicest place to live in the continent, even for expats.

Which Country Has the Best Value to Retire?

  1. Czech Republic
  2. Slovenia
  3. Portugal
  4. Japan
  5. Malaysia
  6. Croatia
  7. Austria
  8. Romania
  9. Poland
  10. Hungary
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Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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