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10 Most Expensive Things in Africa

Africa offers an exceptional level of luxury and exclusivity housing some of the world’s several most expensive assets. These assets range from luxury properties and accommodations to cars, precious stones, amongst others.

Most Africans have spent a fortune worth millions of dollars to acquire these luxurious assets or experience them in full. Let’s look at some expensive things that can be found in the continent.

Dangote’s Bugatti Veyron

The Bugatti Veyron is a premium sports car with an average maximum speed of 408.84 km/h. It’s one of the world’s most expensive bugatti cars. 

Aliko Dangote, the business tycoon and the richest man in Africa is one of the proud owners of this exotic car. Dangote is a Nigerian business magnate and the founder of Dangote Group, the largest industrial conglomerate in West Africa.

The Bugatti Veyron which is one of the billionaire’s luxurious assets is packed in his garage which he uses for his official trips. 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina – A $200 Million Library House

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of the most expensive houses in the African continent as well as one of the largest libraries on the planet. It was built in commemoration of the Library of Alexandria, which was once one of the largest libraries worldwide, which became lost in antiquity.

The move to revive the old library started in 197, however, construction work began in 1995, and was officially inaugurated on 16 October 2002. The library, located in Alexandria, Egypt cost about $220 million from start to completion.

The main reading room coverS about  20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft) while the library itself has a shelf space for eight million books with over 500,000 book donations from all over the world.

The One Above Penthouse 

The One Above is a very exclusive holiday apartment that has some of the best views in Africa. It is a double-storey penthouse with four bedrooms each and a private lift ascends six floors to reach the one above, opening onto an entrance hallway with walls showcasing a collection of local artwork.

Filled with original art by several African artists, with a library as well as two rooftop swimming pools where guests can see the sunrise above Table Mountain and then set in the evening below the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. The One Above is perfect for a family who want all the sophisticated comforts of home. 

The Visitor – A $6.3 million Artwork

One of the most expensive artwork in Africa is The Visitor by a South African artist, Marlene Dumas. Dumas whose works have been exhibited at museums such as the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York sold her painting for $6.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction in London.

The Visitor depicts a group of prostitutes before an open door, the titular visitor obscured from view. 

The Cullinan – Gemstones

The Cullinan gem excavated from the Cullinan mines of South Africa is Africa’s largest diamond and also the world’s largest diamond at 3,106.75 carats.

The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, discovered on 26 January 1905 and named after Thomas Cullinan, its initial owner and the owner of the mine. 

Richard Mille RM 027 Tourbillon – Wrist Watch

Richard Mille RM 027 Tourbillon timepiece is one of the most expensive wrist watches in Africa. The timepiece is ranked as the granddaddy of ultra-light sport watches. 

Richard Mille, the producer of Richard Mille RM 027 Tourbillon is a brand that specialises in very high-priced clockwork watches which have been criticised severally  by some as ridiculous and unnecessarily extravagant.

Boeing 767 – Private Jet

One of the most expensive private jets in Africa is Boeing 767, a wide-body aircraft that can fly 858 km/h.  

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa,the president of Zimbabwe currently flies the Boeing 767 aircraft. The luxurious interiors of the aircraft is one of the features that makes it fit for royalty which cost about $400 million.

Rovos Rail – Tourist Destination

The Rovos Rail offers a variety of routes, ranging from a 3-day trip inside South Africa to a 15-day tour between Dar es Salaam and Cape Town. It features a private bathroom, an unlimited supply of delectable food and a drinks menu with an amazing wine list with beverages from some of South Africa’s top estates.

It also has an outdoor patio in the back of the train sightseeing while sipping on your preferred beverage.

The Iconic Tower – Building

The Iconic Tower is one of the most expensive buildings in Africa. It is also the tallest skyscraper in the Capital of Egypt as well as the tallest building in Africa.

It has a total structural height of 393.8 metres (1,292 ft), it also has about 77 floors, mostly for office use, and is one of 20 towers being built as part of the Central business district in Egypt. The total area of the tower exceeds 65,000 m2 (700,000 sq)

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