Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Scenario Strategy and Achievement Guide

Scramble for Africa Steam Achievements

Civ 5 Scramble for Africa ScenarioThe Scramble for Africa Scenario for Civilization 5 comes with 12 playable civilizations and 7 mostly challenging Steam Achievements. Read about some of these achievements in this post and get an overview of the strategy guides for the harder achievements.

Before you get cracking in this scenario, you might want to have a look at the Scramble for Africa Map.

Maybe you already have all scenario specific Steam achievements and want to win the scenario on deity difficulty with all nations? Scroll down and dig through the Scramble for Africa strategy guides for playing on deity difficulty.

I Prefer my Africa Scrambled

I Prefer my Africa Scrambled Steam AchievementWin the Scramble for Africa scenario as any civ on any difficulty.

This Steam achievement is easy. You can do it on any difficulty and when you read this and came via Google, you’ll probably already have it. Anyway most of my guides will lead you to victory, so you’ll get it on the fly!

Praise the Victories

Praise the Victories Steam AchievementWin the Scramble for Africa playing as the Boers on Deity.

There’s two deity achievements for Scramble for Africa and this is one of them. Here’s the guide that will help you through: Scramble for Africa – Praise the Victories Steam Achievement Guide.

Ottoman Carpentry

Ottoman Carpentry Steam AchievementWin the Scramble for Africa playing as the Ottomans on Deity.

The second deity achievement is just as hard as the first one. With Italy as your arc enemy it’s hard to survive the first 20 turns. If you do survive, fame and honor await you! Read how it’s done in the Scramble for Africa – Ottoman Carpentry Steam Achievement Guide.

Dr Livingstone I presume?

Dr Livingstone I presume? Steam AchievementPlaying as Belgium, move your Stanley Explorer to within a tile of England’s Livingstone Explorer.

This one is a bit tricky. Often assumed broken it also seemed broken for me at first. You’ll have to walk around Dr Livingstone for a while. For me the achievement only got triggered, once Dr Livingstone stood next to me when England’s turn started. As soon as he moved, the Steam achievement popped up. Read more about it in the Scramble for Africa Belgium Strategy (Deity). (Coming soon!)

The Rhodes Colossus

The Rhodes Colossus Steam AchievementPlaying as England in Scramble for Africa, complete a railroad from Cairo to Capetown.

This one has been a tough nut to crack. On deity difficulty at least. The achievement doesn’t require deity difficulty though, so you can easily get it on lower levels of difficulty. If you want to give it a try on deity, check out the Scramble for Africa – The Rhodes Colossus Steam Achievement Guide (aka English Deity Strategy).

Nigerian Bank Account

Nigerian Bank Account Steam AchievementIn Scramble for Africa, marry Sokoto or Bornu.

The Nigerian Bank Account Steam achievement also does not require a high level of difficulty. Probably you could do it within minutes starting with Belgium or Germany, building your infrastructure and marrying either (!) of these City States. Marrying both of them is required, I think, for winning this scenario on deity playing Germany. So you might want to take a look at Scramble for Africa Germany Strategy (Deity).


Discoverer Steam AchievementPlaying as Italy in Scramble for Africa, earn the VP for finding two Natural Wonders.

Whereas I first thought this was a tough nut to crack, I got this Steam achievement in the 3rd attempt. It’s really not that hard: Play on the lowest difficulty, so you start with more units already and more importantly: Probably the AI starts with less! Then build some explorers, open borders with the Ottomans and Egypt and send your troops into the heart of the dark continent. If you’re lucky you will find King Solomon’s Mines with your riflemen already a little south of the Ottomans. The source of Nile is usually in Egypt or south of it in Ethiopia. Mt. Kilimanjaro also often is in Ethiopia or a little south of it. Sometimes even meeting Ethiopia very early and accepting embassies can grant you the discovery of a Natural wonder:

Scramble for Africa Strategy Guides (Deity)

The Scramble for Africa scenario really got me hooked when I was going for the Boers deity Steam achievement. Since then I wanted to win this scenario with all playable civilizations – on deity difficulty. I’m at 9/12 so far. Here’s the overview and links to the Scramble for Africa strategy guides, I created up to now.

I also provided my initial save games so you can play the maps that I won. If that helps you, please Facebook-like or Google+1 this page at the bottom to help others find the page! Cheers!

The Boerscivilization-5-emblem-boers

Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Boers Paul KrugerStatus: Achieved.
Getting the “Praise the Victories” Steam achievement was my main motivation for playing the Scramble for Africa again. It took me several attempts on Emperor already and I thought I could never make it on Immortal let alone Deity. Making this achievement depends very much on the map you’re playing on. So I recommend not to try desperately on lower levels of difficulty: It’s annoying to realize you’ve got the perfect map – but you’re not playing on Deity and won’t get the achievement. Read how it worked for me in the Scramble for Africa – Praise the Victories Steam Achievement Guide.
Download the initial savegame: Boers-AutoSave_Initial_0000-AD-1881-January.Civ5Save

The Ottomanscivilization-5-emblem-ottoman

Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Ottomans Abdul Hamid IIStatus: Achieved.
After I finally won with the Boers I straightaway continued working on the “Ottoman Carpentry” Steam achievement. First it proved just as hard as “Praise the Victories” but a guide on civfanatics really helped. I altered it slightly and won my game.Here’s what I did to make it: Scramble for Africa – Ottoman Carpentry Steam Achievement Guide
Download the initial savegame: Ottomans-AutoSave_Initial_0000-AD-1881-January.Civ5Save


Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Italy Guiseppe GaribaldiStatus: Achieved.
There’s no achievement for Italy, but after it was so hard to defeat them (on Deity) with the Ottomans, I wanted to see how it works the other way round. I was surprised how hard it was to play the Europeans in Scramble for Africa! Of course it’s easier to deal with your military enemies – the African civilizations. On the other hand it’s incredibly hard to keep up with the other Europeans in terms of discovery and colonization. It was a big effort, so I decided to write a guide about it, too: Scramble for Africa Italy Strategy (Deity) guide
Download the initial savegame: Italy-AutoSave_Initial_0000-AD-1881-January.Civ5Save


Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Portuguese Maria PiaStatus: Achieved.
With Italy being very hard, I wanted to see whether it was easier to play a European civilization that already has more cities in Africa. The answer is no: Playing Portugal is just as hard as Italy, since all the other Europeans settle like crazy. But it’s doable. I will share my experience here, soon…
Download the initial savegame: Portugal-AutoSave_Initial_0000-AD-1881-January.Civ5Save


Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Ethiopian Menelik IIStatus: Achieved.
So far every civilization I played on Deity had to annihilate Ethiopia to win. The main reason: Ethiopias culture output is so high, the amount of Victory points (VP) they get every single turn. My thinking was: If Ethiopia is so dominant while being played by the AI, maybe I should try it, too. Playing Ethiopia yourself on Deity is a tough nut to crack nonetheless. I dare saying without some of the most beneficial natural wonders in your territory, it’s hard to win. Ethiopia definitely deserves a guide! (Coming soon!)
Download the initial savegame: Ethiopia-AutoSave_Initial_0000-AD-1881-January.Civ5Save


Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa French Jules GrevyStatus: Achieved.
While being played by the AI, France dominates the west of Africa. On deity difficulty it takes a lot to achieve this domination and defeat Morocco, contain Italy, defeat Egypt and get a passage to Ethiopia. I really had my hands full ending up victorious playing France. It worked out, but I didn’t write a strategy guide, yet…
Download the initial savegame: France-AutoSave_Initial_0000-AD-1881-January.Civ5Save


Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa English VictoriaStatus: Achieved.
By now you will see the pattern: Contain other Europeans, settle like crazy and defeat Ethiopia. This is key for all European civilizations in Scramble for Africa and England is no exception. Here’s how I ended victorious on Deity difficulty and even made The Rhodes Colossus Steam Achievement.
Download the initial savegame: England-AutoSave_Initial_0000-AD-1881-January.Civ5Save


Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Belgian Leopold IIStatus: Achieved.
Only two Europeans left to win with. Belgium was next on the list and with it’s unique powers it’s big fun to play and still challenging. Making Belgium a major colonial power on Deity difficulty is possible. Read about it in the guide. (Coming soon!)
Download the initial savegame: Belgium-AutoSave_Initial_0000-AD-1881-January.Civ5Save


Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa German BismarckStatus: Achieved.
Belgium (starting with no cities) was still a lot easier than Germany (starting with two cities). The main reason being Belgium’s unique power to move quicker next to rivers. So you need to work hard with Germany in order to not find yourself surrounded and isolated. Clever diplomacy (just as Bismarck himself) will help you reach your goals and find yourself ranking number 1 in the end. Here’s how I did it: Scramble for Africa Germany Strategy (Deity)
Download the initial savegame: Germany-AutoSave_Initial_0000-AD-1881-January.Civ5Save


Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Egyptian Ismail Pasha Status: Not achieved.
I tried playing Egypt on deity only once very halfheartedly.


Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Moroccan Hassan I Status: Not achieved.
Morocco really gave me a hard time. I could never bring it to such power as the AI sometimes did.

The Zulu

Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Zulu Cetshwayo Status: Not achieved.
Tried the Zulu once. Tried really hard, but couldn’t do anything.

10 comments on “Civilization 5 Scramble for Africa Scenario Strategy and Achievement Guide

  1. Not sure how this could be useful, but I accidentally found out a loophole to go to war with another European civ as a European. I will put it here for the record.

    1. Get friendly with an African civ that won’t fall easily (Ethiopia, Morocco, Egypt)
    2. Form a defensive pact
    3. Eventually, a European civ will declare war on your African friend. You automatically get involved as well. You go to war with only one civ, however.

    Be aware that war against a major European civ will be a slugfest. Only try this if you are confident in your military. I was playing on Emperor as Belgium and had to fight through swarms after swarms of rifled cannons and explorers (yes seriously) with +50% defense promotions.

  2. I’m trying to play with Cetswayo, I use In Game Editor to have 4 canon and 3 modern ships and that is enought to win with him. But, sometimes I lost my citis for no reason. Luanda, for example, each 3 turns back to Portugal power and I don’t know why.

  3. Okay. This blog is awesome. Regarding the “Discoverer Achievement” … helpful tip for future people. Start the scenario. Save your game. Then save the map. Go into the Civ V Mod Builder. Load the map and find where the landmarks are. You should be able to get to 2 of them. On the Settler level, I actually found 3 of the 4 before any other European Civilization did.

  4. about the Livingstone achievement – there is at least one other civ achievement which also has a similar “bug” – that’s entering a snow tile for “Where’s the biathlon” – which will only trigger if you don’t have fast movement triggered on. It’s probably the same with this.

  5. Ethiopia deity isn’t too hard to achieve, I did it first try without doing lower difficulties. Just park a Mehal Sefari on a jungle or hill next to a secondary city and build a fort there for;
    – Bonus for larger civ (20%)
    – Jungle or hill defensive bonus (25%)
    – 15+15+15% for rough terrain (45%)
    – 15% up to 25% near capital (20%)
    – Defending bonus (40%) (40%)
    – Fortress (50%) (50%)
    – Flanking (30%)
    Total; 230% increase (78.2 strength) and 280% with citadel (95.2 strength)
    Basically I killed unit after unit from Belgium, Germany and Portugal that were sent my way

  6. Great article! I noticed you have done a lot of Civ5 scenario, will you do Conquest of the New World Deluxe?

    • Thanks a lot!
      I want to finish 2 more strategy guides (Russia and Austria) for Into the Renaissance before I forget everything…
      Then I wanted to play Wonders of the Ancient World (because there are more achievements). Now that you asked about it though – I’ll play Conquest of the New World next. 🙂

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