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Top 10 cleanest cities in Africa 2023


Want to check out the ten cleanest cities in Africa 2023, here are some of them you can recognize.

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When looking at the cleanest cities in Africa, we are looking at the population in regard to air pollution and then the environmental performance. So here is our list of the ten cleanest cities in Africa right now.

Some of these cities have strict cleanliness guidelines. Little issues such as spitting in public places are considered an offense in these cities. They have an effective waste management system and a good recycling system.

So here is my list of ten of the cleanest cities in Africa from the cleanest to the least.

1. Kigali

Kigali is so clean that it currently holds the official name as the “cleanest city in Africa.”  It is located in Rwanda and is currently the largest city in the country. The city’s infrastructure and planning are second to none.

Kigali is clean because both the government and the citizens contribute to its cleanliness. It is considered taboo to litter the environment, for instance, by throwing out something from the car while driving in Kigali. 

Lots of government funds go into keeping the city clean. Their major cleaning companies are also kept open for 24 hours straight to make sure of that.

2. Cape Town

Cape Town located in South Africa is one of the loveliest places you will want to visit in your lifetime. Cape Town is also one of the cleanest cities in Africa. This city has won so many travel awards. Despite having a lot of traffic of humans within the city, the city still maintains its cleanliness.  

Aside from debuting as the cleanest city in Africa, Cape Town is also beautiful to behold. The buildings are all pained in refreshing and innovative ways that give the city an amazing look. Tests on emission and carbon monoxide present in the city were done and the city scored perfectly.

The city has a solid waste department that ensures all the waste in Cape Town is managed responsibly. The city also has developed of electric scooters and monocycles to maintain a friendly atmosphere.

3. Tunis (Tunisia)

Tunis is also one of the cleanest cities in Africa. This city intends to rely heavily on renewable energy sources, such as air, wind, and solar are green and well taken care of. Tunis is also the largest city in Tunisia. There are roads from this city linking to Egypt. The city also boasts some tourist attractions. However, the city has continued to maintain its clean and fresh air.

The city is kept clean by the city council and it has community stimulation programs for the use of bicycles and electric vehicles. Because of these movements, greenhouse emission is limited in the city.

4. Port Louis

Port Louis is located in Mauritius. It is the largest capital city in the country. it is filled with a lot of monuments and large water reserves that are always kept clean and fresh. It is also one of the cleanest cities in Africa.


The nine breathtaking waterfalls in this city make it a great place to visit. Their pools make the city very peaceful and relaxing.  There are also botanical gardens in the city that houses millions of tropical plants, which all contribute to making the city cleaner. Because of all of these amazing sites, the city is a major tourism hub in Africa.

The city’s sanitation is handled by the Municipal City Council. A significant fund for environmental protection is always deducted from the country’s yearly budget. All of these ensure that the country maintains the tourist attractions it has built over time.

5. Johannesburg (South Africa)

This city aims to become the cleanest city in the world. It is also the largest city in South Africa. However, Johannesburg boasts of fascinating landscapes and national parks which also increased the city’s attraction.

The government most especially the mayor of the city continually leads numerous public clean-ups in the city. The city has adopted the intensive use of public transport which has made the environment conducive and convenient for living. In addition, the city’s masterly recycling program has contributed immensely to its cleanliness.

6. Nairobi (Kenya)

Nairobi ranks number one as the greenest city in Africa, This is a deliberate and traditional move by the residents of the country. The residents in this city have a strange view of nature. They see nature as a sacred shelter and can do all they can to keep it. The plains, cliffs, and forest setting gives a unique impression that you are in the African surrounding. However, the city also adopts the use of technology, especially for conserving heat and electricity.

Residents are also crazy about recycling also, The government pushes a lot of money in there for the recycling projects to be sustained. City dwellers are also keen on using a bicycle for their daily transportation. This is considered the norm in Nairobi.  

7. Kumasi (Ghana)

This is one of the largest cities in Ghana and is located in the Ashanti region of Ghana. It is also called Eden because of the many flowers and plants all over the city. There is an ongoing game between Kumasi and Accra about which is cleaner. The ongoing battle has led to projects to keep Kumasi clean.

Kumasi’s social cleaning organizations ensure that the city is kept pristine. There is also the Sanitation Service Delivery ( SSD) a USAID/ West Africa regional urban sanitation project that also sustains the project.

8. Gaborone (Botswana)

Gaborone is one of the largest diamond producers in the world. Apart from being powerful economically,  Gaborone is also known for its peaceful surroundings. It is also one of the cleanest cities in Africa and has modern and attractive buildings. The city maintains superior air and water quality. There is also real work done with regard to garbage disposal in the city. Tourists and other visitors visit Gaborone particularly to enjoy the fresh and attractive landscapes.

The Gaborone city council keeps the city clean and there is a regular collection of garbage and the recycling of it for compost manure all over the city.

9. Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

This city being the largest in Tanzania lies on the shore of the Indian Ocean and seat of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. Half of the city is covered with trees and shrubs and this helps in regulating the amount of carbon present in the atmosphere, and the increase in oxygen in the atmosphere.


Other parts of the country actually have issues with water and sanitation, but Dar es Salaam is better when compared with those areas and also with other countries in Africa.

The government plays a role in keeping the environmental condition of the city in order by removing household and industrial debris from the city. Also, organizations like are helping to make access to an improved source of safe water and sanitation in the city possible.  

10. Windhoek (Namibia)

Windhoek is the capital of the Republic of Namibia. It is also a city heavily influenced by German culture. Therefore, the city boasts of a booming tourism economy with its historical buildings and monuments.  Windhoek is also one of the cleanest cities in Africa. The city has also become very innovative while seeking new ways to maintain that status. Major transportation through the city is by road and water.

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concluding thoughts

And so, there are 10 cleanest cities in Africa. The latest updated report included Uyo Akwa Ibom as of the cleanest cities in Africa. What do you think about this list? Do you feel we missed a location? Send us your answers in the comment section.

Cleanliness projects in many of the African cities mentioned are influenced by their government. Residents also join the government in making sure that they maintain that tardy and attractive outlook. Many of these cities have embraced recycling, electric cars, and bicycling to maintain the atmosphere.

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