Top 5 African Cities With The Worst Traffic Congestion


One of the inevitability of urban life is the need to move from one part of the city to another. It could be from the market to your residence, from your house to work or a series of other possible trips. We analyse the African Cities with the worst traffic congestion

As Africa races to catch up with civilization, more and more people are migrating from rural settlements to cities in search of a better life. The consequent population explosion in African cities is a challenge Governments across the continent are yet to come to terms with.

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Traffic Index is a composite index of time consumed in traffic due to commuting to work, estimation of time consumption dissatisfaction, carbon dioxide consumption estimation in traffic and overall inefficiencies in the traffic system.

Here are the top five Cities with the worst traffic congestion in Africa

5. Pretoria 

It shouldn’t be a surprise to find two South African cities in our top 5. A Numbeo’s 2016 Traffic Index shows that South Africa is the 5th most traffic congested country in the world. And Pretoria one of South Africa’s three capital cities has gained a reputation for its congested traffic

4. Lagos

Twice the size of California, Lagos is one of the reasons Nigeria has one of the highest population densities in Africa. The United Nations estimates that at its current growth rate, Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, will be the third largest city in the world by 2015.


With over a population of over 24 million, Lagos never sleeps. As with many African cities, The greater Lagos Metropolis as it is today never had a proactive master plan, this has resulted in a fire-fighting approach to rid the city of long traffic congestions

3. Johannesburg

According to an IBM Global Commuter Pain Survey, 81 percent of all Johannesburg commuters enter the city by car. Although Johannesburg has a high-speed railway system, drivers still rank their commuting experience as painful, placing Johannesburg ahead of cities like New Delhi, Moscow, and Singapore in terms of traffic ordeal.

On average, South Africans spend 43 extra minutes in traffic due to traffic (going one way) – while this is not the highest rate globally it is still a lot of time wasted to traffic.

2. Cairo

With more than 19 million inhabitants, Cairo is one of the worlds oldest cities and home to more than one-fifth of Egypt’s population and expected to further increase to 24 million by 2027.

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Direct costs include the loss of productivity due to sitting in traffic rather than working, the additional fuel consumed by extended travel times and the environmental impact of increased vehicle emissions

1. Nairobi

On the average, Nairobians spend 62.44 minutes in traffic, A city has a population of around 3 million people, but since many people from nearby towns commute to this East African commercial hub, there are more than 7 million travelers on its roads each day.

Nairobi’s traffic has been ranked as the second worst in the world, with its traffic jams on major roads taking as much as six hours to clear.