The Safest Countries in Africa You Need To Visit

Whenever you hear the words “safety” and “Africa”, do you often think that the words seem like two ends of a rope? Well, I can’t blame you if that’s what you think. For quite some time, the media has always portrayed Africa as a not-so-safe place after all. We always hear in the news about robberies, frequent muggings, pickpockets and much more unpleasant things happening in this continent.

But do you know that the truth is quite different? Though there may be a number of places in Africa that could be classified as dangerous, there are actually a lot more peaceful countries and safe areas in Africa.

So for today’s article, let’s talk about the safest countries in Africa that you need to consider for your next destination. Please keep on reading below!

The Safest Countries You Will Find in Africa

1. Botswana

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Botswana used to be a British Colony but ever since it was freed and started to build their own nation, this country became one of the most democratic places in Africa, making it an ideal destination for every traveler.

It is safe and very easy to explore the country. In fact, you will never have a problem getting around here since almost everyone can talk to you in English. There are also a lot of things to do and see here.


During your stay, make sure that you experience a "mokoro" ride which is a unique way of canoeing. Another incredible thing you can do is to watch the daily lives of the elephants, hippos, and zebras in their natural habitat.

2. Namibia

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Another safe destination in Africa, even for solo travelers, is Namibia. This country has come a long way when it comes to matters of safety. Just a few decades ago, Namibia is nowhere near the top ten safest countries in Africa. But thanks to political will and good governance, things have been turned around.

It is now possible for you to get the adventure of a lifetime in Namibia, nicknamed to be “The Land of the Brave”. There’s a lot of awesome stuff to do in this country. For instance, you can experience a different Africa Safari at Etosha National Park as it is one of the few places you can continue after dark. There’s a watering hole that comes with night vision lighting as well as a view deck that provides a glimpse into the real wilderness of Africa. 

You will definitely enjoy watching the lions as they pace around and roar into the night or while the antelope skim around unseen predators, and this all happens under the stars; just make sure that you bring your blanket as it can get cold.

And just a few kilometers from Etosha National Park, you will find Okonjima, which is a sanctuary to cheetahs. You can stay on the reserve and witness these wild cheetahs as they tear into huge hunks of meat. You can also get up close and personal with the abandoned cheetahs that are now already being hand-reared. This is absolutely an amazing opportunity to interact and witness one of Africa’s big cats up close.

3. Zimbabwe

In the year 2009, United States, Germany, and Japan have lifted their travel warnings to this country. For this reason, tourists from all over the world have been brought to awareness to great potential Zimbabwe brings.

If you are a safari seeker, then this country is for you! Traveling to Zimbabwe is absolutely synonymous to African Safaris. No wonder why it is actually becoming more and more popular to all tourists with a truly adventurous heart, thanks to its vast wilderness and large proximity to South Africa. Hwange National Park for instance host a whopping 400 bird and 100 mammal species. So if you want a traditional African Safari experience, then this is the place to be.

Zimbabwe is definitely a land that offers a number of surprises. Do you know that it is the home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world? It is where you can tick off the stunning Victoria Falls on your bucket list. Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful curtains of falling water in the world.

4. Seychelles

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Seychelles has always enjoyed peace for quite some time. You can rarely read bad stories written about this country. There are a number of reasons that make this African country safe and peaceful, like well-organized judicial system, warm and affectionate relationship between citizens and the governance, resilient obedience to human rights and freedom and so much more.

But most of all, the incredible things you can do in this country is just limitless. Seychelles is the home to some of the world's finest beaches like Anse Lazio which frequently appears in the lists of top beaches in the world. There's definitely something magical about this beach, though it is without a doubt one of the most famous tourist destinations, this beach never feels overcrowded or spoiled.


There’s also the Unesco World Heritage Site of Vallée de Main on Praslin which features clusters of 4,000 coco de mer palms making the site earned its description of being a primeval forest. This place is just amazing, you will witness the shimmering sound of raindrops in the leaves that could only be broken by the call of the Seychellois bulbul and if you are lucky enough, you will get to see the rare black parrot.

Final Thought

So, if you are wondering if Africa is a safe place to travel, the answer is absolutely yes! Though there may still be some areas that have been struggling when it comes to safety, it is great to know the safest countries in Africa can offer you an experience that you would truly enjoy and never forget.

If you still have any more questions, don’t hesitate to leave it in the comment section below and I will do my best to get back to you!

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    Tony Anderson

    My name is Tony and I am sitting on a mountain of experience that I would like to share with you! I’ve been to so many incredible places and done some pretty cool things. So I am hoping that you will find inspiration through my travel experiences to help you get started with your adventure and make travel a priority. I will also be talking about different travel and outdoor gear available in the market today that will make your trip and outdoor experience better.

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