Most countries of the world commonly refer to their head of states as presidents. And it’s also common to call their official residential houses, presidential palaces. However, not all countries call the official residence of their head of state a “palace”, some other names used are “Government House”, “presidential villa”, “State House”, “Executive Mansion”, etc. It is always expected that these buildings of great significance and importance are magnificent enough to rank with the best in the country and around the world. A lot of Africa’s presidential palaces are sites worth beholding and are here are the top 10 most beautiful.
1) The Unity Palace (Yaounde, Cameroon)
With the towering pillars that holds its walls, pleasant surroundings and verdant greenery around it, the Unity Palace is a striking work of art. Located in the region Etoudi, Yaounde, it is the presidential palace of the President of Cameroon. The President of Cameroon has been using the palace since November 6, 1982, when he assumed Office.
2) Abdeen Palace (Cairo, Egypt)
Considered one of the most luxurious palaces in the world with its embellishments, paintings, and large number of clocks scattered in the parlors and wings, most of which are decorated with pure gold, Abdeen Palace is exotic. It is located above Qasr el-Nil Street in eastern Downtown Cairo, Egypt. It is a historic Cairo palace which has 500 suites, and is the official residence and main office of the President of Egypt.
3) Union Buildings (Pretoria, South Africa)
The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the president of South Africa. With its vast gardens, the buildings are located in Pretoria and constitute a South African national heritage site. These remarkable buildings, built from light sandstone, were designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker in the English monumental style and are 285m long. The architectural design of the buildings is simply wonderful and a must see.
4) State House of Namibia (Windhoek, Namibia)
Bordered by a two-kilometer long steel fence with dark-glassed towers and large guard rooms, and covers 25 hectares of land, the State House of the Republic of Namibia is a fortress. It is located in the Auasblick suburb of Windhoek. This majestic site is the administrative capital of Namibia, as well as the official residence of the President of Namibia. The State House was designed by the North Korean company, Mansudae Overseas Projects, and built in 66 months. It is reported that the administrative building cost a staggering N$400 million Namibian dollars.
5) The Flagstaff House (Accra, Ghana)
This breathtaking site is the presidential palace of Ghana, which serves as a residence and office of the President of Ghana. The Flagstaff House was reconstructed and inaugurated by the government of John Agyekum Kufour. The cost of the construction was around $45-50 million and was overseen by an Indian contractor.
6) Iavoloha Palace (Antananarivo, Madagascar)
Situated at the base of a hilltop, with its beauty and grandeur, Iavoloha Palace is one of a kind. Located 15km to the south from Antananarivo, Madagascar, it is the Presidential palace of the President of Madagascar.
7) Presidential Palace (Khartoum, Sudan)
Adorned with invaluable relics and antiques, Presidential Palace located on Blue Nile Street adjacent to the Palace Museum in Khartoum, Sudan is markedly historical. The Palace serves as residence and administrative office of the President of Sudan.
8) Presidential Palace (Nouakchott, Mauritania)
This site houses the President of Mauritania and is the principal administrative office of the government of Mauritania. Built by Chinese contractors, Presidential Palace is the most outstanding landmark in the centre city of Nouakchott, Mauritania with its enormous gardens and grounds.
9) Presidential Palace (Dakar, Senegal)
With the elegant white vantage and extensive gardens beautifying it, Presidential Palace, Dakar, Senegal, is one of the most beautiful sites in Africa. It is the Palace of the President of Senegal.
10) State House (Kampala, Uganda)
State House is the official residence of the President of Uganda. Situated at Entebbe, 40 km south of Kampala, capital of Uganda, it is adjacent to a ceremonial “H” shaped building which hosted the Queen of England on her visit to Uganda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. State House is undergoing some revamp with a project cost at approximately $1.6 million.