Is it safe to travel to Africa? You might have wondered the answer to this question. Safety is a primary concern while traveling, especially as you explore new places.
Traveling to destinations in Africa can seem a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be that way. All you have to do is think of a trip to Africa as a unique way to explore the world. With the right information on the safest places to visit in Africa, you’ll be well equipped with everything you need to have a worry-free and enjoyable trip in one of the safest countries in Africa.
Africa is not a single country contrary to popular belief, but it is a collection of many countries, 54 countries to be exact, and some countries are safer than others.
The snowy mountain tops in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, the undulating but nearly smooth plains, the vast savannah grasslands dotted with wild games and several species of birds, the beautiful white sandy beaches, the sunny warm African skies, and the tropical climate with palm trees, are just a few reasons why several of the African countries need to be on your bucket list.
In addition, for those that love culture and lifestyle, there are hundreds if not thousands of sumptuous dishes to sample and history-rich places to explore. Africans are generally kind and welcoming to tourists.
List of the Safest Countries in Africa
South Africa: The Top 3 Safest Places to Visit in Africa
This country could arguably be number one of the top safest countries in Africa. It is known for hosting multiple local, national, and international sporting events.
You can trace safety in South Africa earlier than 2010 when they hosted the FIFA World Cup Competition. There was little to no instances of reported issues during the World Cup. Due to the success of the game, South Africa became known worldwide for its safety.
From my own perspective, it is hard to believe that South Africa is still categorized as a third world country. You’ll see where I’m coming from once you arrive at Cape Town, the capital of South Africa. The infrastructure looks like any American city.
South Africa has some of the top sight-seeings and activities in Africa. You’ll get to explore the Table Mountain and Robben Island that’s great for hiking, climbing, and biking, the Kruger National Reserve an immense game reserve, and the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill in Johannesburg to name a few attractions.
One of the best parts of traveling to South Africa is that the South Africans are polite and harbor African fame – friendliness to strangers.
It is, however, possible to have some occurrences of petty crimes due to the high poverty levels and unemployment rate. You may experience puny pickpockets, especially if you have visible valuable pieces of jewelry.
Safety tip: practice due diligence in choosing your accommodation before your trip so you’re in an area with a high level of security. To help you get started, here are the top accommodations for South Africa.
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Morocco is among the best places to visit in Africa because you’ll get to experience life in the Sahara Desert.
There’s a ton of activities to do in this Africa destination. Some top places to visit in Morocco include Marrakech, the famous Casablanca, Fez, Essaouira, and Tangier, Morocco. The country has breathtaking sights, landmarks, and museums for various travelers’ tastes. You’ll undoubtedly have a thrilling experience.
Be cautious of imposters posing to help you get more familiar with different cultures, languages or other fun places to visit in Morocco. Another thing to note is since Morocco is a conservative country, prepare to dress accordingly.
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According to Reuters, Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, is rated as the cleanest city in an African country! The country has legislation in effect to exceed a cleanliness threshold set by the government.
The legislators in Rwanda also ensure that it’s the government’s responsibility to protect human rights among all the inhabitants of its country. That basically means that Rwandans see all people as one, be they, citizens or visitors.
You’ll be able to immediately feel the warmth from locales on your arrival in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. When you’re in Rwanda, be sure to visit the Volcanos National Park, Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum, and the Royal Palace in Nyanza.
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Like South Africa, Kenya is a top travel destination in Africa and is visited annually by a large percentage of tourists.
Kenya has outstanding security measures implemented by the government to boost tourism and that’s the reason it made it to our list of the Safest Places to Visit in Africa.
This country is blessed with diverse points of interest for travelers including African safari trips. It’s no surprise that Kenya is a hotspot for many travelers to African countries.
Nairobi is Kenya’s capital. You’ll most likely arrive in the country at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The last time I had a layover on my way to the Congo (DRC), I was very impressed. The airport is very organized. They have several food options in the food court upstairs and some stores to purchase locally made gifts and artifacts on the main level.
Some top Kenya tourist attractions include the Maasai Mara, also known as the Masai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve, Amboseli National Reserve, and Tsavo National Park where you’ll get to see wildlife indigenous to the area.
Another part of the country you should get to visit is Lamu Island with a rich history that dates back to the 12th century, and for the bird lovers, Lake Naivasha which is in the Great Rift Valley is an outstanding option.
Safety tip: it is far much safer when you travel by air, or rail and avoid Mombasa road at all costs. If you’re traveling by road, it is better to go with a reputable group tour company. Sometimes, congestion caused by traffic can lead to some unsafe interactions with thugs.
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Namibia: The Top 5 Safest Places to Visit in Africa
With lots of deserts and sand dunes for desert racing activities, it is exhilarating to visit Namibia. This North African country has a sparse population of approximately 2.5 million people; that’s the equivalent of the number of people that live in the state of New Mexico, USA.
Is Namibia safe? The answer is yes! Safety is an extra benefit of visiting this safe destination in Africa because the crime rates are insanely low.
A few of the top Namibia destinations and attractions include the Etosha National Park, a wildlife reserve; Sossusvlei an area with red sand dunes, Atlantic beaches, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, Kalahari, Twyfelfontein, Windhoek, Deadvlei, Luderitz and Kolmanskop.
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Tourism in Zimbabwe is among the most treasured sources of earning GDP for the country. As a result, the company takes tourists’ safety seriously.
The reason Zimbabwe is a top tourist destination is that it houses one of the wonders of the world – Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.
In addition to visiting Victoria Falls, there are a lot more things to do in Zimbabwe including visiting the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, Matobo National Park, and Harare to experience the dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife.
Zimbabweans are friendly people, and most times, asking a question from the tour guides can get a warm response.
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Did you know there are several islands that are part of the Africa continent? Mauritius is one of them. This island is ranked as one of the safest places in Africa. It should be on your list for your next travel destinations in Africa because of its sunny, sandy, and white beaches.
Although Mauritius is known for its beaches, there are several other things to do in different parts of the country. For nature lovers, you may have heard of the Mauritius National Botanical Garden that houses over 600 plants, you’ll definitely want to check it out.
You should start from the inland and center of the country and walk your way to Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve and several museums in the South & South-East, then for scuba diving and snorkeling in Rodrigues, next to the shopping at the Grand Bay and Pamplemousses Botanical Garden in the North and finally the Black River Gorges National Park and the 7-colored earth of Chamarel in the West / South-west.
Also, don’t forget to try as many local seafood dishes. You’ll be amazed by how tasty Mauritian food is.
A trip to Africa especially Mauritius can’t entirely be explored on paper. You’ll have to set foot on this safe destination to truly appreciate its magnificent beauty.
Safety tip: the country is one of the safest places to visit in Africa. However, be sure to check for any travel warnings from the U.S. Department of State website.
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Botswana is a southern African country considered one of the safest countries in Africa. It is well known as one of the top safari destinations in Africa so you’ll spot a wide variety of wildlife on your trip. The country has a booming travel industry!
Natural landscapes and incredible terrain are among other spectacular and iconic things to see that this great country has to offer.
Some top things to do in Botswana include the Okavango Delta / Okavango Grassland – the largest inland flood plain of islands, palm trees, and wildlife. You should also check out Kalahari Desert, Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and the Rock Art.
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Mozambique is a southeastern country stretching from the coastal waters of Tanzania to the warm waters of South Africa. There are hardly any negative or worrying news in the media concerning this coastal country, proving as one of the safest and best countries to visit.
I bet you’re wondering, what are the top things to do in Mozambique? The Bazaruto Archipelago is a great starting point. It is a group of six islands that you’re going to fall in love with.
You’ll get to watch dolphins, whales, and other sea animals, in the wild as you relax and soak up the sun in the beautiful sandy beaches or island-hop from one to another.
For locally made items, visit Machilla Magic where various handicrafts and artworks are sold.
If you’re a water lover, you absolutely need to visit Bazaruto National Park for snorkeling, swimming and other water sports, and Fort Sao Sebastian for a beautiful and extensive view of the sea.
Macuti Lighthouse and Shipwreck is an excellent place to get a great view of the skyline and the wrecks of the ship which didn’t make it to the shore.
For more in-depth cultural history, visit the National Money Museum which has a collection of old and current currency, and Nampulaan ancient Portuguese architectural homes.
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Algeria: The Top 10 Safe Countries in Africa
Algeria is an Arabic Country in North African bordering the Mediterranean and the Sahara Desert.
It is the only country on our list that is the closest to West Africa.
The country is relatively peaceful, however, there has been civil unrest because of the current political atmosphere. That doesn’t mean it is unsafe to visit. In fact, it is one of the safest destinations when traveling to Africa.
Here are the major points of interest in Algeria. Ancient Roman ruins in seaside Tipaza, Martyrs’ Memorial, Notre-Dame d’Afrique, Jardin d’Essai du Hamma, Beni Hammad, and the Botanical Garden of Hamma.
The fantastic Arabian architecture and beautiful landscapes are worth seeing. They also have tasty dishes that you’ll enjoy.
Seychelles is the pride and jewel of Africa. It is a safe country for vacationing and the perfect destination for a honeymoon.
This is the ultimate country to visit in Africa as it is a gorgeous and full of abundant coastal life.
The climate is tropical and perfect for snorkeling, swimming, surfing, diving, and bird watching. You can visit Seychelles all year-round as the weather and climate are favorable.
Seychelles has numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves that you wouldn’t want to miss. This country is also home to rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoise; a must-see.
Some other things to do in Seychelles include Morne Seychellois National Park for hiking, Vallée de Mai National Park in Praslin a birding hot spot to spot the endangered black parrot, hiking, and the opportunity to see the captivating giant bronze gecko, and 14 endemic reptile and amphibian species.
For more history, check out the National Museum of History where you can learn more about the Creole culture and the Magic of Traveling for low budget trip ideas.
I’m certain you can travel to the country worry-free because it’s one of the safest countries in Africa.
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Swaziland (now eSwatini): The Top 12 Safest African Countries to Visit
Last and certainly not least is Swaziland. This is a small landlocked country in the southern part of Africa. Swaziland is a safe country in Africa because of its small population and landmass.
Swaziland is known to be an outstanding location for family travel or family safari trip. Since the country mass is small, it is easy to get around town with children which makes it a child-friendly country.
People are nice and courteous so it tends to provide a better overall experience when you vacation here. They pride themselves in showcasing travelers the “true” African culture of hospitality.
One of the best places to visit in Swaziland is the Mkhaya Game Reserve wildlife reserve. It is known for its black and white rhino populations, antelope, giraffes, buffaloes, hippo, and crocodiles.
Mlilwane Wildlife sanctuary, Hlane National Park, Mbuluzi Game Reserve, Nisela Safaris Wildlife Reserve, Sibebe Rock, and the National Museum are among the very many places to visit.
The Lobamba traditional hut is a must stay. You’ll experience vibrant Swaziland’s culture like a local. If you’re able to visit during the annual festivals, it is a must! If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy the cultural experience.
One last place to visit is the Ngwenya Glass. It is regarded as Africa’s most prestigious glass factory.
Safety tip: exercise normal precautions as you would in any other country you’re visiting.
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Conclusion: Safest Places to Visit in Africa
This roundup with the 12 safest places to visit in Africa is unison between the spirit of adventure and safety. You should be confident traveling to any of the countries listed above.
Since the political tension of a country can change at any time, be sure to check for updates information on the U.S. Department of State website.
We have extensively explored the top safe countries in Africa to visit, then there shouldn’t be any reason for you not to travel and explore Africa!
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