Having stayed in Lagos for several years and having to pass through the third mainland bridge often, I began to wonder if there was a bridge else were longer and larger than these aforementioned bridge.
My search for knowledge led to the unveiling of other bridges I never knew about such as the 6th October bridge which is longer than the third mainland bridge in Lagos, I finally realized that the third mainland bridge isn’t the longest in Africa.
Hence, here is a compilation of the list of the top 10 longest bridges in Africa
The 6th October Bridge, Cairo: 20.5km long
The 6th October bridge opened in 1996 is an elevated pathway that cut across the River Nile in Cairo, Egypt.
The bridge (20.5km long) which took thirty years to build displaced the third mainland bridge in Nigeria (11.8 km long). Upon its inauguration in 1996, it became the longest bridge in Africa.
Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos, Nigeria: 11.8km long
The third Mainland bridge which was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC comes in at number 2 on the list of the longest bridge in Africa.
The renowned bridge use to be the longest bridge in Africa until it was displaced in 1996 by the 6th of October bridge in Egypt. The bridge is also known as the Ibrahim Babangida Bridge and it covers a length of 11.8km
The Suez Canal Bridge, Egypt: 4km long
The bridge located in Egypt serves as a link between the different countries in Nigeria, particularly between Africa and Eusaria.
The bridge was built by the Japanese government and it covers a range of 4km across the Suez canal at El-Qantara in Egypt making it one of the largest bridges in Africa.
The Mozambique Island bridge: 3.8km long
Next in line is Mozambique Island bridge which was constructed in 1969, and it links Mozambique with the mainland of the Indian ocean.
The bridge covers over 3.8km of the Indian Ocean.
Dona Ana Bridge, Mozambique: 3.6km long
The Dona Ana Bridge ranks number 5 on the list of top 10 longest bridge in Africa covering a length of 3.6km. The Dona Ana Bridge located in Mozambique links the lower Zambezi rivers between the towns of Vila de Sena and Mutarara.
The bridge was initially constructed to serve as a railway bridge interlinking Malawi and the Moalize Coal fields to the port of Biera.
Armando Emilio Guebunza Bridge, Mozambique: 2.37km long
The Armando Emilio Guebunza bridge is also situated in Mozambique that extends across the Zambezi rivers connecting the provinces of Sofala and Zambezia.
The bridge which is 2.37 km in length and 16m wide was named after the former president of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza between 2005 to 2010.
Qasr al-Nil Bridge, Egypt: 1.93km long
The Qasr al-Nil Bridge designed by Ralph Anthony Freeman is situated in Central Cairo, Egypt.
The bridge extends across the river Nile where it connects to Downtown Cairo to Gezira island and the Zamaleks.
The bridge inaugurated in 1933 covers a range of 1.93km in length making it the 7th longest bridge in Africa.
Wouri Bridge, Cameroun: 1.8km long
The 70-year-old bridge was raised up during the French war to build a link between Douala and part of Bonaberi.
The prominent bridge is situated in Cameroon and is 1.8km long.
Mkapa Bridge, Tanzania: 970meters long
One of the longest bridge ever built in Africa is the Mkapa bridge that measures about 970 meters.
The bridge which debuts as the longest bridge in Tanazia cost $30 million and was built by the Kuwait fund, OPEC, and the government of Saudi Arabia.
The bridge was inaugurated in 2003 and was named after the former President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa.
Katima Mulilo bridge, Zambia: 900meters
The Katima Mulilo bridge comes at number 10 of the top 10 longest bridges in Africa covering 900 meters.
It is the youngest among all the bridge mentioned above.
The Katina bridge serves as a means of transportation across the Zambezi River in Zambia.