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The Safest Countries to Visit in Africa

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Elephant in the sunset

If it were possible, I would visit all 195 countries in the world. Many things stand in the way of that, such as time, money, and ability. Africa offers much to enjoy, from spectacular landscapes to thrilling safaris. Unfortunately for some of its countries, safety is the biggest obstacle. Because education is key, read on to brief yourself on the safest countries to visit in Africa before booking a trip.

Please note: this list was last updated in March, 2024. Always check your local government's website for updates.


Kenya Africa

Home to an abundance of national parks, Kenya is a great place for safari prospects to catch the Big 5 (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and African buffalos). Its capitol and largest city, Nairobi, is a must visit for museums and markets. These factors and more make Kenya a beloved destination for nature, culture, and history.

If you remain in tourist areas, safety concerns in Kenya should be minimal. As always, keep on eye on your belongings when visiting big cities, and follow your guide's rules if you take a safari.


Botswana Africa

Botswana is known for its wilderness, where you can canoe through the Okavango Delta, meet meerkats at the Kalahari Desert, and take a safari at Chobe National Park. If you'd prefer a cultural excursion, guided tours allow you to meet the San Bushmen - a group of hunter-gatherers eager to spread knowledge.

It's rare that tourists experience any issues in Botswana. As one of the safest countries to visit in Africa, your biggest worry is wild animals. If you listen to your tour guide, this should be a nonissue as well.


Tanzania city in Africa

Tanzania is the place to be for snorkelers, swimmers, and beach bums. It's also where you'll find the world famous Mount Kilimanjaro. If you ever book an African safari, there's a good chance you'll land here; this country lays claim to the popular Serengeti National Park.

Crimes against tourists are minimal in Tanzania, and it's even said to be safe for solo travelers and women. With that being said, road conditions aren't ideal. If you choose to drive, it's best not to venture out at night.


Seychelles Africa

Seychelles is an archipelago with remarkable scenery and stunning beaches. Its oceans have coral reefs accessible by boating or snorkeling, and if you're lucky, you may even spot Aldabra tortoises during your excursion. It's also a popular place for rainforest exploration.

Since tourism is so common in Seychelles, crime isn't generally a problem. Instead, you should keep an eye out for harsh currents while swimming.


Giant gorilla in Rwanda

Dubbed "The Land of a Thousand Hills," Rwanda is a scenic place to bike, hike, or climb one of its five volcanoes. The volcanoes are situated within Volcanoes National Park, which is home to 60% of the world's mountain gorillas. It's also a place of cultural and historical significance; the Iby'iwacu cultural village offers a look at rural life, while the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre reminds you of the country's dark past.

Luckily, Rwanda's troublesome history helped transform it to a low-crime country. Though you should stay on alert for pickpockets, it's considered safe, even for solo travelers.


Desert in Namibia

Namibia is home to the world's oldest desert, making it a great place to climb its naturally occurring dunes. Some choose to take in the scenery from the sky, opting for a hot air balloon ride or a paragliding experience. Other points of interest are the lively Skeleton Coast and the tropical wetlands.

Most travelers to Namibia spend their time visiting national parks and enjoying outdoor activities. This positions them far away from the crime common in urban areas, and even if that wasn't the case, Namibia is quite peaceful.


African safari

Another mecca for wildlife, Zambia is teeming with waterfalls, lakes, and geological formations. Among these is Victoria Falls, named one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Like many other African countries, Zambia is an ideal spot for safari tours. Though it's possible to see the Big 5 during your trip, rhinos are harder to come by than their counterparts.

Though Zambia isn't at risk for war, it's possible to see a protest if you step into the city. Recently, Zambians staged a demonstration calling for lower costs of living and better economic conditions.


Mauritius Africa

As an island, Mauritius has no shortage of beautiful beaches. Suffice to say, it's a wonderful spot for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Its rainforests, waterfalls, and national parks are awe-inspiring, while its museums offer a look into the country's history.

Mauritius is incredibly safe crime-wise, so strong currents and wild sea life are your biggest threats. Always swim with a buddy, and be mindful when wandering into the open ocean.

Africa has a lot to offer, from safaris and wildlife reserves to museums and cultural hubs. Though you should stay alert wherever you go, sticking to Africa's safest countries will be sure to ease your mind on vacation.

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