For many years, African travelers have flooded Dubai and Paris for their shopping needs. But today, the tides are gradually shifting as most major cities in Africa have been transformed into mega shopping malls, offering best-in-class shopping opportunities to millions of people from around the world. From Nigeria to South Africa, Ghana and Kenya, Africa has continued to make her mark as a continent that offers an incredible shopping experience.
Of all the shopping arcades that dot the corners of the African continent, a few of them stand out. In no particular order, below are the largest shopping malls the continent has seen yet.
#1. Gateway Theatre of Shopping – South Africa
Durban is not only the largest city in South Africa, it equally boasts of one of the largest shopping malls Africa has ever seen. Gateway receives well over 2 million visitors every month. Modelled after the popular Mall of America, Gateway Theatre of Shopping boasts of Africa’s highest fountain, 18 movie theatres, two 3D cinemas, a playhouse, indoor funfair, a theme park, a tenpin bowling alley and 3 flow riders.
#2. Two Rivers Mall – Kenya
On February 14, a day set aside to mark Valentine’s Day, the world woke up to the grand opening of Two Rivers Mall, the largest shopping mall in East and Central Africa.
Located within the affluent neighbourhoods of Gigiri, Runda, Muthaiga and Nyali, this shoppers’ haven spans about 65,000 square metres and consists of office suites, medium density residential apartments, a 3-star and 5-star hotel, plus its flagship 170-room City Lodge.
This multi-million dollar mall is expected to host more than 150 international and local retailers, including Hugo Boss, Nike, Turkish Clothing, The Designers studios and jewelers, Waikiki, Chandarana, etc.
#3. Morocco Mall – Casablanca
Nothing complements the architectural charm of Morocco than this globally renowned mall. And there are so many attractions that make this so. First is the 1,000,000-litre Aquadream, an aquarium that houses more than 40 different species of fish. And then, there is the tasteful finish that makes the mall majestic and imposing. Aside the thrills offered by a mall of that pedigree, shoppers can go scuba diving with a trained instructor or take a ride through the cylinder-shaped aquarium with a bird-eye view of marine life.
#4. The Palms Shopping Mall – Lagos Nigeria
Seated atop a 45,000-square-metre structure in Lekki, Lagos, is The Palms, one of the foremost mega shopping malls to ever adorn the Lagos skylines. Built in line with the one-stop shopping model common across the globe, The Palms is everything a shopping mall should be, with its anchor stores being Nu Metro, Shoprite and Game.
#5. West Hills Mall, Ghana
This mall, which opened in 2014, is just a 30-minute drive from Ghana’s commercial nerve centre. It is situated in a rapidly developing residential area and houses key retail brands like The Palace, Edgars, Woolworths, Jet, and so on.
#6. Menlyn Park, Pretoria
At the corner of the Lois Avenue and Atterbury Road is the imposing Menlyn Park regarded as the second largest shopping mall in Africa. Aside its chain of shops, the mall is home to Galaxy World, Banyard and a rooftop drive-in cinema, all combined to provide premium entertainment for shoppers. From entertainment to food, jewelries and wears, it is hard to imagine an item that cannot be found at this upscale mall.
Every day, large malls are taking over the African space, offering great bargains and wonderful shopping experiences for travelers. To get the most out of your vacation this summer, consider shopping with the Wakanow Prepaid Card and earn reward points for every naira spent. From cheap flight to top hotel deals in these destinations, Wakanow can help you plan a customized holiday package with incredible shopping opportunities.