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The 6th October Bridge is currently the largest bridge in Africa. However, there are others i.e. Tanzania mainland-Zanzibar Islands Bridge and Fourth Mainland Bridge that are way larger only that they are still in the planning stage. Respectively, these bridges are 50-kilometre and 38-kilometre long. 

Also Read: Construction of Africa’s first-of-its-kind Tanzania mainland-Zanzibar Islands bridge in the pipeline 

In this article, “The Top 10 longest bridges in Africa” we focus on the already competed bridges. Some of the featured projects will surprise you.

The Top 10 Largest Bridges in Africa

  1. 6th October Bridge in Egypt (length 20.5-kilometres)
  2. 3rd Mailnad Bridge in Nigeria (length 11.8 kilometres)
  3. Nairobi National Park Super Major Bridge in Kenya (length 6.5 kilometres)
  4. Suez Canal Bridge in Egypt (length 3.9 kilometres)
  5. Mozambique Island Bridge in Mozambique (length 3.39 kilometres)
  6. Maputo-Katembe Bridge in Mozambique (length  3.04 metres)
  7. Chora Super major bridge in Kenya (length 3.0 kilometres)
  8. Athi River Super Bridge in Kenya (length 2.78 kilometres)
  9. Armando Emilio Guebuza Bridge in Mozambique (length 2.37 kilometres)
  10. El-Warrak Bridge in Egypt (length 2.26 kilometres)

Let us dig in

1. 6th October, the largest bridge in Africa

6th of October, the largest bridge in Africa

Egypt’s 6th October Bridge is the longest of its kind in Africa.

Located in Cairo, the bridge is built along the River Nile and measures 20.5km. The bridge, which forms an elevated highway, crosses the Niles twice from the west bank suburbs, east through Gezira Island to Downtown Cairo. The 6th October Bridge is also used to access the Cairo International Airport from the city.

Construction of the bridge started in 1969 and was completed in 1996.

2. Third Mainland Bridge

Third Mainland Bridge located in Lagos Nigeria is the second-largest bridge in Africa. Noteworthy, the bridge carried the crown for the longest river on the continent until the 6th October Bridge was launched in 1996.

Also Read: Rehabilitation of Third Mainland Bridge timeline and what you need to know

The third mainland bridge stretches from Oworonshoki, through the Apapa-Oshodi expressway and Lagos-Ibadan expressway. It ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island covering a distance of 11.8 kilometres. There is also a link midway through the bridge that leads to Herbert Macaulay Way in Yaba. 

The bridge was inaugurated back in 1990.

3. Nairobi National Park Super Major Bridge

Nairobi National Park Super Major Bridge, one of the longest bridges in Africa

The third largest bridge in Africa, Nairobi National Park Super Major Bridge, is a 6.58-kilometre section of the 120-kilometre Nairobi–Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway.

The bridge is built at the Nairobi National Park. The average height of the bridge from the ground is 18 metres, starting from approximately 8 meters at the entrance into the northern side of the park and 41 meters at the exit southern end of the park.

Also Read: Kenya Standard Gauge Railway (Kenya SGR) project

This ground clearance allows large animals such as elephants and giraffes to pass through comfortably. In addition, the bridge features a 5.9-kilometre-long and 2-meter-high sound barrier on either side of its guardrail to minimize the noise caused by trains.

Construction of the Nairobi National Park Super Major Bridge was completed in 2019.

4. Suez Canal Bridge, one of longest bridges in Africa

The bridge is also known as the Egyptian–Japanese Friendship Bridge, the Mubarak Peace Bridge, the Al Salam Bridge or the Al Salam Peace Bridge.

It is the fourth-longest bridge in Africa crossing the Suez Canal at El-Qantara, whose name means “the bridge” in Egyptian Arabic.

The 3.9-kilometre Suez Canal Bridge connects the African continent and Eurasia. It was constructed between 1995 and 2001.

5. Mozambique Island Bridge

Mozambique Island Bridge connects the Island of Mozambique to the mainland over the Indian Ocean. The island was formally the capital of colonial Portuguese East Africa.

Constructed and maintained by the National Road Administration, the bridge measures 3.39km and was completed in 1969.

6. Maputo-Katembe Bridge

The Maputo-Katembe Bridge, also known as the Maputo Bay Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans Maputo Bay in Mozambique. It connects the capital city of Maputo on the northern bank to the district of Katembe on the southern bank.

The Maputo-Katembe Bridge measures approximately 3.04 kilometres in length. It consists of a main suspension bridge section with a central span of 680 meters and two approach viaducts.

The bridge’s design features two towers that reach a height of 141 meters and support the main cables from which the bridge deck is suspended.

7. Chora Super Major Bridge

Chora Super Major Bridge from Kenya is the 7th largest bridge in Africa.

The bridge is a 3-kilometre-long railway bridge along the 120-kilometre Nairobi–Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya. It is the second longest in the country stretching from Ongata Rongai Station to Merisho.

The construction of the Box girder Prestressed concrete bridge was completed in 2019.

8. Athi River Super Bridge

This is the third bridge in our list of the top 10 longest bridges in Africa from Kenya. Like the other two, it is a railway bridge and a part of the country’s standard gauge railway but from the 609 kilometres Mombasa–Nairobi section. This section is famously known as the  Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway.

Completed back in 2018, the Athi River Super Bridge is also a box girder prestressed concrete bridge and it is 2.79 kilometres long. It is the eighth-largest bridge in Africa.

9. Armando Emilio Guebuza Bridge

At number 9 in our list of the 10 longest bridges in Africa is another bridge from Mozambique.

Armando Emilio Guebuza Bridge is a road bridge crossing the Zambezi River. Named after the country’s former president Armando Guebuza, the bridge is 2.37 kilometres and 16 meters wide. It connects the provinces of Sofala and Zambezia.

The construction of the Armando Emilio Guebuza Bridge took place between 2005 and 2009.

10. El-Warrak Bridge

This is a motorway/motorway bridge in Egypt.

With a total length of 2.26 kilometres, El-Warrak Bridge connects the East Bank of the Nile (Cairo-Kanater road) and the West Bank (Embaba-Kanater road) over the Nile and the North side of the Warrak island.

The construction of the girder-type bridge was completed by mid-2001. El-Warrak Bridge is the 10th largest bridge in Africa. 

4 thoughts on “The largest bridge in Africa”

  1. the University of Jos pedestrian bridge is one of the longest in West Africa but its not showing.

  2. Mukuku Bridge along Tuta Road is not shoiwng here, Luapula Province. It makes it in the top 10 category that you wrote. Check your data

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