From the beautiful skylines of Kampala to the peaceful neighborhood of Dar es Salaam, the landscapes of Kigali down to the busy streets of Nairobi, here are some of the top ten most influential and largest cities in East Africa;
10. Arusha- Tanzania
The town was founded by German colonialists in 1900 and was named after the local tribes' name known as Lasura which was a Maasai name.
Located at the base of volcanic mount Meru, a beautiful getaway for Safari destination, Africa's highest peak 5 895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro to the North East. To the west lies Serengeti national park home to some of the big five animals and the wildebeest migration.
9. Port Louis- Mauritius
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean. The city is known for its colonial French architecture.
The French used port Louis as a port for ships of their passage between Assia and Europe because it was a strategic point for controlling the Indian Ocean.
8. Mwanza- Tanzania
It's a port on the shore of Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania. The town's CBD is colonial buildings like Crumbling, mosques, and Hindu temples reflecting most of the colonial influence on the town.
For those who would like to explore the city, there are some beautiful breathtaking sceneries like the Rubondo island national park and the western part of Serengeti.
Mwanza's land is primarily devoted to agricultural purposes, with tea, cotton, and coffee plantations being the main cash crops grown in Mwanza.
7. Kisumu- Kenya
It's the third-largest city in Kenya after Nairobi and Mombasa. Formerly known as port Florence, it was established in 1901 as the main inland terminal for Uganda's railways in port Florence.
Kisumu is the capital of Nyanza province, and the proposed headquarters of the lake region economic block, which comprises 15 counties in western Kenya.
6. Kampala- Uganda
Often referred to as the pearl of Africa, Kampala is proving attractive to many businesses hoping to lay down roots in East Africa, boasting of its large population of over three million people and an expansive labor base.
The Uganda museum which is located in Kampala CBD explores the countries tribal heritage with an extensive collection of artifacts.
5. Kigali- Rwanda
Due to its political stability and the government which supports the private sectors, Kigali has been able to develop and has been one of the most talked-about places to do business.
Kigali is a hub for the mobile banking and finance sector, particularly micro-financing. Tourism has also increased in the past decade.
4. Mombasa- Kenya
Mombasa has a great history and at the same time acts as a commercial and cosmopolitan town. It's an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries.
It's a coastal city along the Indian Ocean and is also known as the white and blue city in Kenya. If you happened to be in Mombasa, you can visit the port of Mombasa, Malindi, Kilifi, Watamu, Diani, and Manda Island.
3. Addis Ababa- Ethiopia
It's the capital and largest city in Ethiopia with over four million people. It boasts of a diverse economy and is also the headquarters of the African Union.
The infrastructure and towering buildings of Addis Ababa complements the city and its status.
2. Dar es Salaam- Tanzania
Dar es Salaam is the economic and nerve center of Tanzania and one of the fastest-growing African cities. It's the largest city in East Africa by population with over 6.7 million people.
The city is blessed with beautiful attractions, exciting things to do and see, welcoming people, and memorable experiences. They have some compelling developing sectors like telecoms and ICT, energy, railways, and agribusiness.
1. Nairobi- Kenya
Nairobi is one of the most sophisticated and developed urban economies in Africa. With a population of over 4.5 million, Nairobi is rich in natural assets and human resources and it's strategically located to facilitate local and international businesses.
Its information and technology sector leads in terms of economic growth, followed by energy, construction, and agribusiness sectors.
Most of the multinational companies prefer Nairobi as their main base for operation in East Africa and Africa at large, for instance, companies like the Rockefeller Foundation and General Electric chose Nairobi as their headquarters of Africa's operations.
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