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Africa Capitals Quiz

Below, you will see the countries of Africa. Enter the names of their capital cities.
Last updated: February 16, 2019
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Country
Capital
Algeria
Algiers
Angola
Luanda
Benin (de facto)
Cotonou
Benin (official)
Porto-Novo
Botswana
Gaborone
Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou
Burundi
Gitega
Cameroon
Yaoundé
Cape Verde
Praia
Central African
Republic
Bangui
Chad
N'Djamena
Comoros
Moroni
Congo (Dem. Rep.)
Kinshasa
Congo (Rep.)
Brazzaville
Djibouti
Djibouti
Egypt
Cairo
Equatorial Guinea
Malabo
Eritrea
Asmara
Eswatini
Mbabane
Country
Capital
Ethiopia
Addis Ababa
Gabon
Libreville
Gambia
Banjul
Ghana
Accra
Guinea
Conakry
Guinea-Bissau
Bissau
Ivory Coast
Yamoussoukro
Kenya
Nairobi
Lesotho
Maseru
Liberia
Monrovia
Libya
Tripoli
Madagascar
Antananarivo
Malawi
Lilongwe
Mali
Bamako
Mauritania
Nouakchott
Mauritius
Port Louis
Morocco
Rabat
Mozambique
Maputo
Namibia
Windhoek
Country
Capital
Niger
Niamey
Nigeria
Abuja
Rwanda
Kigali
Senegal
Dakar
Seychelles
Victoria
Sierra Leone
Freetown
Somalia
Mogadishu
South Africa (executive)
Pretoria
South Africa (judicial)
Bloemfontein
South Africa (legislative)
Cape Town
South Sudan
Juba
Sudan
Khartoum
São Tomé and Príncipe
São Tomé
Tanzania
Dodoma
Togo
Lome
Tunisia
Tunis
Uganda
Kampala
Zambia
Lusaka
Zimbabwe
Harare
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level 75
Jul 8, 2013
I knew all of these except for Tanzania and Ivory Coast which I think were changed recently, and the "de facto" capital of Benin whatever that means. But still only got 37 because I can't remember them all quickly enough. If I work on mastering this quiz then I should be able to get through the capitals of the world quiz pretty easily because Africa and Oceania are always what trip me up there..
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level 56
Oct 19, 2017
I wouldn't say that recent: at least 20 years ago for both, more like 30 years ago for Cote d'Ivoire.
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level 75
Feb 18, 2018
I originally learned the capitals of Africa in 1991 or 1992 so it may have been more than 20 years ago but I don't think it was 30.
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level 56
Feb 20, 2018
[...looks something up on Wikipedia...] It was announced in 1983 that Cote d'Ivoire would change its capital to Yamoussoukro, so over 30 years ago. I imagine the reality of moving government departments there though took a little time. Like you, I also learned that the capital was Abidjan, and that was after 1983.
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level 68
Jun 25, 2018
[....edits something on Wikipedia to read whatever I want, then check a legitimate source for the answer...]
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level 52
Mar 3, 2019
You don't know what 'de facto' means?
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level 53
Jul 8, 2013
Oops glaring hole in my general knowledge!!
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level 75
Jul 8, 2013
Maybe you could accept Gabarone for Gaborone? It's one of the redirects on the Wikipedia page, and I think I've seen it spelled that way before.
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level 78
Jul 8, 2013
It also sounds like Habarane on the shortwave radio.
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level ∞
Jul 9, 2013
Okay, that will work now
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level 56
Jul 25, 2016
Come on. That's like asking for Ottowa for Ottawa or Washengton DC for Washington DC. See how ridiculous that sounds. Its spelling isn't that hard. Ouagadougou or Yamoussoukro on the other hand...
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level 55
Nov 14, 2017
No, it's completely different. Firstly, the two you named are far more famous than Gaborone and are more widely known. Secondly, the same argument could be made for Ouagadougou and Yamoussoukro.
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level 37
Dec 20, 2017
I definitely did not think that the capital of Canada was Ottowa.
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level 67
Feb 18, 2018
Gaborone is more famous than Ottawa in Botswana. I guess you're not doing the quiz from there.
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level 75
Feb 18, 2018
Have you seen Washington spelled Washengton before?
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level 71
Apr 25, 2018
Yes, twice now.
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level 68
Jun 25, 2018
That's like saying Ouagodougou or Yamousoukro should be accepted because those are you the ones you can't remember.
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level 40
Jul 21, 2013
Haha! Finally got them all. Now I just need to get the islands in the Pacific and I'll have all 196. So close.
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level 8
Mar 29, 2015
197 now, actually. Don't know which one you're missing...
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level 23
Oct 24, 2015
196.
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level 64
Jun 26, 2016
Palestine
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level 68
Jun 25, 2018
Same capital as Israel though.
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level 19
Sep 1, 2013
I couldnt get accra, but i had yamoussoukro and ouagadougou!
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level 44
Dec 27, 2016
well, Ouagadougou isn't that hard anymore cause people think that ouaga is good enough
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level 15
Jan 6, 2019
I agree SkyjumperTalon. To me it's a joke. Why is it not required to write the full name: "Ouagadougou". People would learn it better this way and would be less confused, with these partial names, that only have value (if any) on this quiz site.
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level 73
Jan 13, 2019
Because it's often called Ouaga. Like NYC, DC and similar
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level 67
Nov 16, 2013
Only 34, oh well. I get really tripped up on all those tiny Gold Coast countries and the islands.
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level 53
Oct 26, 2015
The Gold Coast is one country. Ghana
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level 37
Jan 22, 2018
You know what he means. Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin.
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level 68
Jun 25, 2018
Wildwood is the US' bouffant capital.
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level 55
May 4, 2014
Africa has too many damn countries.
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level 37
Dec 19, 2017
I know! It seems like 5 minutes would be just fine for a capitals quiz, but it's pretty difficult still.
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level 44
Aug 3, 2014
Why have I always thought the capital of Ivory Coast is Abidjan? Wikipedia says it was changed back in 1983.
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level 59
Oct 24, 2015
I've always thought Abidjan was the capital. It turns out that most of the political institutions are still in Abidjan while Yamoussoukro is the official capital. What's the deal with having a capital with barely any political institutions in it anyway?
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level 68
Jun 25, 2018
They could remove most of the ones from Washington.
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level 73
Jan 13, 2019
It's an excuse for construction projects, like the biggest church in the world.
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level 48
Oct 24, 2014
Had to Google the de facto capital of Benin. Got them all except for that.
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level 70
Oct 29, 2014
Could we have some alternate spellings for Bloemfontein?
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level 31
Dec 6, 2014
or you could just spell it correctly?
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level 44
Dec 27, 2016
The problem with society these days, looking for alternate spellings - exactly why one of my favorite quizzers here is Malbaly. Try his hardest capitals...
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level 18
Mar 29, 2015
On my last one, Kapala, I typed in Kampal and then the quiz ended! XD
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level 4
Jun 8, 2015
1.20 to spare yeah!
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level 67
Oct 10, 2015
Good quiz - if you think you know African Capitals try my 'Mal's African Closest Capitals Hopscotch' quiz,,,,,,, very tricky.
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level 59
Oct 24, 2015
Without Cotonou I would've had them all.
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level 48
Oct 25, 2015
My best was with 04:02 left, but I'm too lazy to improve it.
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level 48
Oct 25, 2015
Well, I was lying, 04:04 left.
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level 38
Apr 27, 2016
You should accept Lobamba for the capital of Swaziland. Great quiz!
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level 27
Jul 25, 2016
Can you add just a little more time? These are really hard to spell!
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level 63
Oct 22, 2016
For the God's sake, which kind of problems do you English native speakers have with spelling? O-u-a-g-a-d-o-u-g-o-u Ou in French stands for "u" in italian or "oo" in English. Just try to remember Oo-aga-doo-goo therefore... Trust me, that's anything but impossible to learn
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level 56
Mar 28, 2017
Blimey, calm down! Not everyone is very good at spelling and/or typing.
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level 67
Sep 16, 2017
michelesol......... your going to blow a gasket if you let little things like that get your knickers in a twist.
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level 63
Oct 22, 2016
You should add Lombamba for Swaziland too in addition to Mbabane. It's kind of seat of the Royal House, I guess.
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level 44
Dec 27, 2016
2:09 to spare - beat that (I say as someone beats me)
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level 37
Jul 26, 2017
I knew Lilongwe because i've been to Malawi but that was pretty much it
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level 67
Sep 16, 2017
I can always remember Lilongwe because it is a 'little - long' country on the map.
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level 10
Oct 20, 2017
With 20 seconds to spare, I got 57/57.
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level 60
Nov 10, 2017
When you call Cotonou de 'de facto' capital of Benin, you should consequently call Dar es Salaam the 'de facto' captal of Tanzania.
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level 37
Dec 19, 2017
Yup, look up "de facto capital of Tanzania" and you will get: "Dodoma is the official and legislative capital of Tanzania, while Dar es Salaam is the de facto seat of government." from a site asking what Tanzania's capital is, while if you look up "de facto capital of Benin" you will get: "Although the capital is located at Porto-Novo, Cotonou is still the nation's economic and population centre. It also attracts many government institutions and embassies, regardless of Porto-Novo's status, leading to the city being referred as Benin's de-facto capital." from a cotonou travel site. There is an even stronger case for including Dar Es Salaam than Cotonou.
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level 37
Dec 19, 2017
however, if you use Wikipedia solely, Cotonou is mentioned upfront, but you have to scroll further down to find Dar Es Salaam.
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level 52
Nov 18, 2017
Knew all of them, besides Cotonou, but didnt know how to type Alger or Khartum in English :D
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level 41
Nov 28, 2017
Got everything correct but going wrong with the spelling of yamoussoukro and ouagadougou
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level 37
Dec 21, 2017
You must have been to Benin..?
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level 37
Feb 18, 2018
Why are places like Dar es Salaam and Abidjan not included?
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level 44
Feb 18, 2018
Would Port Luis count for Mauritius (english name)
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level 56
Jan 17, 2019
I doubt it. It's is not Luis is either French or English (the two main languages of the country).
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level 63
Feb 18, 2018
Apparently I need to drill my capitals again; in case I am ever in a survival situation, on a game show, or trying to get a tinder date.
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level 49
Feb 18, 2018
There's only one capital in Africa and it's "A".
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level 55
Feb 19, 2018
please more type ins for Bloemfontein (Bloemfontaine, Bloemfontain, etc)
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level 38
Mar 3, 2018
I am getting there. This is so much fun. I have to master about three. Ivory Coast is very difficult.
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level 43
Mar 29, 2018
I always struggle to remember that Freetown is the capital city of Sierra Leone and not Liberia's . In my mother tongue the word for Freedom resembles 'Liberia', so I keep associating Liberia and Freetown.
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level 59
Apr 9, 2018
I used to make the same mistake for the same reason. If it helps, Liberia was founded by American slaves who were returned to Africa (either to give them the best chance at freedom or to remove them from American society, depending on which view you take), and the capital, Monrovia, is named after American president James Monroe. So I remember that Liberia is where the liberated American slaves went. Obviously, Freetown would still fit, but...if you remember they were American slaves, you can remember Monroe.
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level 43
Apr 29, 2018
Thanks for the tips !
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level 46
Jun 13, 2018
I think you should just include a picture of the continent
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level 46
Jun 13, 2018
well instead of south africa, it doesn't swallow up the whole continent and there are many other countries in there that are just as popular and interesting than South Africa... just saying I don't really hate South Africa
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level 65
Jan 1, 2019
Well, congratulations to a certain country for changing its capital with the new year!
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level 62
Jan 1, 2019
Yeah! Big news!
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level 71
Jan 1, 2019
I did not know that! More big news are possibly gonna follow. The Papua New Guinean island of Bougainville is going to hold an independence referendum on June 15!
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level 55
Jan 1, 2019
I spent way too much time trying a bunch of spelling variations of “Bujumbura” until deciding that that was probably the changed capital that had caused the quiz to be reset :/
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level 78
Jan 2, 2019
Didn't realise Burundi had shifted it's capital from Bujumbura (nice name) to Gitega. Another one to remember.
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level 68
Jan 3, 2019
Dammit, Burundi, I only just finished learning Africa's capitals a few months back!
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level 68
Jan 10, 2019
Waah! I'd only just learnt Bujumbura from the 'Same Letter Country and Capital' quiz - that one now needs updating for consistency (and my sanity).
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level ∞
Jan 10, 2019
That quiz has now been updated. Thanks!
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level 75
Jan 4, 2019
Don't these bankrupt African countries have better things to do than shuffle their capitals around?
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level 71
Jan 5, 2019
Since you’re offering separate answers for Benin and South Africa’s capitals, please note that Eswatini also has two capitals - Mbabane (executive) and Lobamba (legislative, where parliament is located).
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level 65
Jan 9, 2019
nooooo, I don't want to learn a new one! :-)
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level 73
Jan 13, 2019
There are plenty of countries like this - Netherlands, Georgia for example
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level 26
Jan 5, 2019
I was trying Bujumbura for Burundi, considering that is the former capital, and I didn't know that they changed it to Gitega, so I spent about a minute trying various different spellings, until I had to look it up.
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level 56
Jan 9, 2019
Nice Quiz! I always thought that Bujumbura is the capital of Burundi, guess I've been wrong. :/ Still 55/57
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level 74
Jan 10, 2019
They changed it in December 2018
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level 65
Feb 27, 2019
What?? No one told me! >:(
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level 70
Jan 15, 2019
As long as you were updating Burundi's capital, why didn't you change Swaziland to Eswatini?
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level 46
Jan 15, 2019
It's just an old quiz, it won't be easy for quizmaster to rename all the countries that have Swaziland in it, but people still call it Swaziland, it's not a big deal mate
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level 68
Jan 15, 2019
Why is everything a horse-race? Knowledge is not about typing speed. 5 minutes is insufficient time to complete this quiz.
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level 35
Jan 16, 2019
Tarabulus should be accepted for Libyia (Arabic name for Tripolis) too
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level 56
Jan 17, 2019
The quiz is in English, Tarabulus is not used even as an alternative in English.
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level 60
Mar 15, 2019
I really need to improve my knowledge of African capitals... Thank you for asking for all 3 South African capitals separately. That upped my answers dramatically. :D
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