African countries provide a plethora of advantages that make them desirable retirement destinations. Apart from the thrilling African Safaris, there are different cultures, stunning landscapes, agreeable climates, excellent infrastructure, excellent healthcare, and, perhaps most importantly, reasonable living costs. To quote noted author and screenwriter Jonathan Clements, “Retirement is like a protracted vacation in Las Vegas.” The objective is to appreciate it fully but not to the point of exhaustion.” After retirement, living in Africa permits one to do precisely that. You get to experience all the adventures you could wish for without breaking the bank. Which cities, then, should you consider?
Kumasi is a lovely city in Ghana, affectionately known as the “garden city” due to its abundance of stunning flowers and unusual plant species. Additionally, it is well-known for its hospitality, as the host villages are extremely warm and welcoming. Once you’ve formed your retirement strategy and put everything in order to live comfortably in your golden years, living in Kumasi should be at the top of your priority list. The cost of life in the city is quite cheap, making it affordable for most retirees. A three-course meal for two costs approximately 96.63 Cedis, while renting a fully furnished, 900 square foot apartment costs between 3033 and 6978.60 Cedis, or approximately $563.72-$1296 or €503.53-€1158.56 per month, depending on where section of the city you choose to settle. A 480-square-foot residence costs 998.48 Cedis, while utility bills average at 150.31 Cedis, according to Expatisan reports. Kumasi’s climate is pleasant, with an average temperature of 26.3 degrees.
While residing in the city, there are numerous attractions to explore, ranging from museums to forest reserves such as Bobiri forest reserves. Additionally, it is home to a National Cultural Center and a monkey sanctuary with around 700 monkeys. Additionally, the Okomfo Anokye Sword Site, Kejetia Market, Manhyia Palace Museum, and Kumasi Fort are located in the town.
Algerian capital Algiers
Algiers is a port city that is well-connected to Europe and the Middle East. The French influence is still visible in the shopping, broad boulevards, and cuisine, earning it the moniker “Paris of Africa.” The cost of life is reasonable, with high-end restaurants charging as little as 1905.20 Dinars for food. A typical property costs 13336.40 Dinars, or $111.49 or €99.60 per square foot. Additional social amenities are easily accessible. The city offers a variety of attractions for residents and visitors alike. Casbah, Algiers National Museum of Fine Arts, Dar Hassan Pacha, Bardo Museum, and Notre-Dame d’Afrique are among these locations.
South Africa, Grahamstown
Grahamstown is a great retirement place for lovers of art and literature. Each summer, it holds a national arts festival. Additionally, it is home to the renowned Rhodes university, which serves as a focal point for cultural activity and attracts renowned art and literature lecturers. The cost of living in this city is relatively reasonable, again fitting most retirement budgets, with a three-course meal for two costing as little as 369.41 South African Rands and a three-bedroom apartment in more affluent areas renting for 10,343.44 -12,412.13 Rands, or $706.55- $847.86 or €631.15- €757.38 per month. There is a good climate there, with temperatures ranging from 12.5 to 20.9 degrees. From the Kwantu Elephant Sanctuary to the Mariya uMama weThemba monastery, there are dozens of sites to visit.
Eritrea’s capital city, Asmara
Asmara, according to Madote, is the safest city in Africa, if not the world. Locals frequently provide assistance to guests who appear lost, and the city has a very low crime rate. It combines a thriving Italian culture with indigenous desert culture, making it an intriguing choice. The cost of living is reasonable, as are hotel and restaurant rates. Food that is largely influenced by Italian culture costs as little as 225 ERN, but rent in the city ranges between 6000 and 12750 ERN per month, which equates to $400-$850 and €357.23-€759.10. Its temperate climate is ideal, and it is one of the most attractive locations in Africa, owing to its breathtaking nature. The Biet Ghiorghis Zoo and Park, Martyrs National Park, Medebar Market, and Dorfu Ravine are also noteworthy attractions in the city.
There are numerous advantages to choosing a decent retirement destination. These factors include cost of living, accessible activities, climate, political stability, safety, infrastructure, and access to social amenities. Apart from its vast deserts and savannas, Africa has a lot to offer retirees seeking a calm haven.