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What is the Safest Country in Africa to Visit

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If you’re tired of fancy Europe or the ultra-modern US, it's time to reconsider your travel priorities and choose a new destination. Africa! Even though the Dark Continent is not the first place that comes to mind in terms of safety, you shouldn’t write off this beautiful continent. While some parts of the country are unsafe because of social and political issues, there are safe places to visit in Africa. They stand out not just for being secure destinations but also for their potential to grow economically and their captivating charm.

At Enjoy The Wood, we travel non-stop. To broaden your globe-trotting horizons, we created a list of the top 10 safest countries in Africa that you should add to your travel wish list. Here we go!

Mauritius

GPI – 1.5 (2023)

Is it safe to travel to Africa right now? Yes, if your choice is sunny Mauritius. The land is always on the hit parade of top African countries to visit when safety is a priority. It is located in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of the continent. In contrast to many other countries out there, Mauritius is economically and politically stable and strong. Plus, it is famous for its effective healthcare sector, which means you can explore and enjoy your vacations with peace of mind. Needless to say, those Instagram-friendly beaches are the major hooks for adventurers from all over the globe. However, before you set off, make sure to plan your journey not during the cyclone (November – May) season.

Botswana

GPI – 1.7 (2023)

When wondering – what is the safest country in Africa – Botswana is the answer. It has a stable political setting and is quite committed to taking care of wildlife. With all those positive issues, the country is among the top positions when it comes to safe locations in the land of the Sahara. It’s the best place to go if you would like to admire huge elephant herds in the world-famous Linyanti Private Reserve and Okavango Delta. Tourists like the country because the crime rates are quite low, and the whole tourism industry is well established, so nature lovers and safari fans are welcome.

Senegal

GPI – 1.8 (2023)

The cradle of traditions, authentic music, and dances, Senegal attracts people from all over the world with its vibrant and rich culture. This unique West African land can boast of being one of the most stable countries in Africa in terms of economics and politics. At the same time, the reps of the local government exert every effort to maintain low crime rates. They established a range of security policies that involve active engagement of citizens. This makes Dakar (the capital) and the rest of the land safe and welcoming. Gorgeous coastline and lively markets are among the most popular tourist attractions in ​​the Land of Teraanga.

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Seychelles

GPI – N/A

Meet the other gem of the Mother Continent – picturesque Seychelles – the nation you should consider when wondering which African countries are safe to visit. The good news is that you have to take only normal safety precautions when setting off to Seychelles. Just make sure to stay away from beaches and back streets when the sun goes down. Simple as that. Being almost the safest part of Africa to visit, this paradise-like archipelago has a low crime and violence rate, making it a great resort for family holidays.

Malawi

GPI – 1.9 (2023)

One of the best countries to visit in Africa and the “warm heart” of the land, Malawi welcomes explorers with abundant wildlife, picturesque sunsets, and extreme friendliness of local markets, festivals, and scenic beauty. Both petty theft and crimes were reduced significantly after the local government’s initiatives were introduced to boost the quality of life. As a result, Malawi became one of the most attractive touristic havens in Africa. Today, this small country with a huge heart is a popular place among snorkeling and freshwater diving fans. Besides, it promises unforgettable experiences of watching lions, hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and many water-adapted antelopes in places like Majete Game Reserve, Liwonde National Park, and the Tongole Wilderness Reserve.

Zambia

GPI – 1.8 (2023)

How about admiring the famous Victoria Falls, meeting elephants, leopards, and other exotic animals eye-to-eye? Zambia has it all and even more! From walking safaris to outstanding visits to the South Luangwa National Park, the country promises a truly awe-inspiring experience. While Zambia doesn’t top the list of the safest countries in Africa for tourists, in general, it is safer than most countries on the continent. To make sure you’re having a safe and memorable (in a good way) vacation, avoid traveling to areas like the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ghana

GPI – 1.7 (2023)

You’re going to love the friendly people and warm climate of one of the safest African countries for female travellers – Ghana. Formerly a Gold Coast, today’s West Africa has a hidden gem known for its democracy and low crime rates. Take your time to wander in vibrant markets, say hi to buffalos and antelopes at the Mole National Park, and take some Insta-worthy photos of stunning local architecture. Ghana’s coastlines are home to sites like Christianborg Castle, the Fort Metal Cross, the Kumasi Fort, and Elmina Castle, all telling breathtaking stories of the slave trade past. As for the precautionary measures, we would strongly recommend being careful when leaving Ghana’s capital, Accra, to avoid robbers and scams.

Morocco

GPI – 2.0 (2023)

Where is the safest place to live in Africa? Perhaps in this euro-Mediterranean cradle where, elements of modern routine are magically blended with ancient traditions. Being one of the favorite destinations among our Enjoy Travel bloggers, this kingdom in northwestern Africa promises an exotic and safe wanderlust experience. Immerse yourself in a rich culture in tandem with super colorful and flavorful food, friendly locals, and a unique ambiance of Souks – traditional Moroccan markets. Prepare yourself for the relaxed vibes of the coastlines dotted with picturesque towns like Agadir, Essaouira, Taghazout, Safi, and Mirleft. This attractive option for tourists from around the globe is safe for both female and male tourists looking for pocket-friendly options to travel on a budget or backpack.

Kenya

GPI – 2.2 (2023)

Looking for the best safari industry in Africa? Kenya welcomes you! The country is mainly safe for visitors and has a strong infrastructure. For example, cities like Nairobi are known for their low crime rates. The only rule is to stay away from the Somalian border. The wildlife of the country is like no other – you will see for yourself the stunning wildebeest migration. Make sure to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve somewhere from August to October.

Uganda

GPI – 2.3 (2023)

An exotic home to an abundance of rare wildlife, Uganda welcomes visitors with hospitality and great fun that locals are famous for. Relatively safe for tourists, the homeland of cute gorillas is a popular destination for fans of off-the-beaten-track adventures and those who stand for protecting nature. It is wise to stay away from big cities where crime rates tend to be higher. Instead, follow the skilled rangers who will guarantee a safe and never-to-be-forgotten experience throughout the Ugandan landscape.

Best Locations for Solo Adventurers

Traveling in a group is fun, but…have you tried going solo? If you are ready for new opportunities to travel on your own, and Africa is your choice, consider the safest spots for solo nomads. The countries in this category include Ghana, Rwanda, Seychelles, Botswana, and Ghamba. These are the locations where the field of tourism is at the rapid development stage while government policies are stable. Needless to say, locals are friendly and helpful to guests from faraway lands.

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In sum, Africa is not only the motherland of leopards and rhinoceros but a continent of cultural diversity and exceptional natural beauty. Whether you’re drawn to the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, the tropical kingdom of Mauritius, or the crowd-free beaches of Anse Source D'Argent, you will 100% get your extra dose of adventure at the diverse continent of Africa.

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