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The 6 Most Expensive Cities in Africa to Visit

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Written by See Africa Today

Do you ever wonder which are the most expensive cities in Africa to visit? How much does accommodation cost for a visitor? Is transport affordable? How about the meals in these cities?

Worry not, this article will highlight the most expensive capitals to ease your planning.

Accommodation and transport in most African cities are expensive. especially if you choose self-drive or special car hire. Five-star Afri-chic lodges and hotels can run up to $1400 a night.

The most expensive cities for travel in Africa are currently Lusaka ($756.09), Victoria($154.27), Mbabane or Lobamba ($130.62), Dakar ($125.40), and Praia ($114.51).

Costs vary wildly, so the recommendations are based on the cost of living in a city and the average for this type of vacation.

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Lusaka, Zambia

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Lusaka city. Photo/When and Where to Travel

Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, is among the most expensive cities in Africa to visit. For a trip to Lusaka, plan to spend around $756 a day, which is the average daily expenses on meals, accommodation, etc.

Private tours around the city can cost $427 per day, however, self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights are free.

A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Lusaka can easily cost $210 or more per person.

The average meal in Lusaka costs about $12 for one day, whereas the average hotel price for a couple is $1,455. Therefore, a trip to Lusaka for two people for one week on average can cost $10,585, which is quite expensive.

Daily vacation expenses in the city vary based on what you’re interested in doing.

Victoria, Seychelles

Victoria, the capital of the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago of 155 islands. Victoria is known for its gorgeous beaches, white sand and clear ocean water which attracts tourists from all over the world to enjoy the landscape and the beautiful views.

Visiting such a unique paradise comes with a price, so is Victoria among the most expensive in Africa to visit?

A traveller that wishes to go on boat trips, stay in a hotel, and travel around the islands can expect to spend an average of $150 to $200 per day. Luxury travellers can easily spend over $1000 a day in Victoria, especially if you stay in a luxury beach resort or 5-star hotel.

Food can cost around $39 for a day and $51 on local transportation. The average hotel price for a couple is $126 for a night. A trip to Victoria for two people, a week on average, costs $2,160.

Mbabane and Lobamba, Swaziland

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Mbabane, Eswatini’s capital is the Most Expensive cities in Africa. Photo/Africa Wanderlust

Mbabane and Lobamba are the major cities of Swaziland. If you wish to visit the cities, plan to spend around $131 per day on your vacation, which is the average daily expense of food, accommodation and transport.

Meals can cost around $30 per day and $13 on local transportation. The average hotel price in Swaziland for a couple is $80. So, a trip to Mbabane or Lobamba for two people for a week costs on average $1,829.

Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar Senagal. Photo/Urban Sustainability Exchange

Dakar is the capital of Senegal and is one of the chief seaports on the western African coast. However, it is one of the most expensive cities in Africa to visit.

For a trip to Dakar, plan to spend around $125 per day. On average, $15 for meals for one day and $4.23 for local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Dakar, a city for a couple, is $47. So, a trip to Dakar for two people for one-week costs on average $1,756.

A family with two children should have $240 for a day’s stay in Senegal.

Praia, Cape Verde

Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde, is another expensive city in Africa to visit. If you wish to visit the city, plan to spend around $115 per day on food, accommodation, and transport, among other expenses.

Every day, on average, expect to spend $24 on meals and $24 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Praia for a couple is $108. a trip to Cape Verde for two people for a week costs on average $1,603.

Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya’s Capital is among the most expensive cities in Africa. Photo/Wander wisdom

Are you planning to visit Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya? You should plan to spend around $110 per day on your vacation on daily expenses. Nairobi is among the most expensive cities in Africa to visit.

On average, you will pay $25 for meals daily and $30 for local transportation. A Hotel room in Nairobi for a couple of range from $38 to $148 for a night. So, a trip to Kenya for two people for a week costs on average $1,544.

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See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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