Top 20 Largest Cities And Towns In South Africa


South Africa is quite big with a corresponding population. Compared to some other countries in the world, the cities in South Africa are known all over the world for their rich cultural heritage, breathtaking beauty together with elements of modernity strewn all over. Here is a list of the largest cities in South Africa and their population density.

Cape Town – Western Cape

The city of Cape Town is well known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, this seaside playground has all it takes to compete with any major city in the world whether it’s Sydney in Australia or San Francisco in California

Johannesburg – Gauteng

The city of Johannesburg was founded on a gold rush; it’s the financial and entertainment capital of South Africa. Jozi or Joburg as it’s also referred to as rocks in more ways than you can imagine.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Durban is where it’s happening, nice weather, beaches and great cultural mix to its famous curries, Durban is the place to be

Pretoria – Gauteng

If you are looking for somewhere that is stately with a high number of international embassies, monuments and museums, then Pretoria is the place to be, whether it’s sports or lots of entertainment, music and night clubs

Port Elizabeth – Eastern Cape

Popularly Known as the friendly city or the windy city, Port Elizabeth is the home of hospitality and beautiful beaches, It is one of the largest cities in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 km (478 mi) east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed stretches for 16 km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa.

View over Cape Town - largest cities in south africa

Largest cities of South Africa

Rank Name Province Pop Rank Name Proince Pop
1 Soweto Gauteng 1,271,628 11 Randburg Gauteng 337,053
2 Johannesburg Gauteng 957,441 12 Mamelodi Gauteng 334,577
3 Pretoria Gauteng 741,651 13 Roodepoort Gauteng 326,416
4 Durban KwaZulu-Natal 595,061 14 Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape 312,392
5 Tembisa Gauteng 463,109 15 Mitchells Plain Western Cape 310,485
6 Cape Town Western Cape 433,688 16 East London Eastern Cape 267,007
7 Katlehong Gauteng 407,294 17 Boksburg Gauteng 260,321
8 Umlazi KwaZulu-Natal 404,811 18 Bloemfontein Free State (province) 256,185
9 Soshanguve Gauteng 403,162 19 Germiston Gauteng 255,863
10 Khayelitsha Western Cape 391,749 20 iBhayi Eastern Cape 237,799

Like BuzzSouthAfrica: