Africa has it all: impressive sights and sounds, intense cultural experiences and peaceful natural retreats just waiting to be discovered. Each country within this grand continent offers an opportunity for adventure, plenty of sights to gawk over and incredible experiences to cross off.
With so many things to do and places to see, you might be left feeling indecisive, so to help you decide, we suggest visiting the safest countries as a solo female. We’ve made our list based on the most recent Global Peace Index, which provides us a clear projection of where to travel in 2021 where safety is concerned. So without further delay here are the top 12 safest countries to visit in Africa for Solo Female in 2021, recognised as some of the most peaceful on earth according to the Global Peace Index.
The top position for the safest country according to the Global Peace Index goes to Botswana. A melting pot of cultures, it sits firmly at the top of our list for the safest countries in Africa for solo women.
Botswana still maintains its green spaces which will delight all types of travellers. The diversity of experiences extends to the lrge widlife and safari. Botswana does have a lot of large, wild animals however, in particular a massive elephant population, and this probably constitutes one of the biggest dangers, particularly when driving or camping!
The second spot on the Global Peace Index for the list of safest countries in Africa 2021 once again goes to Ghana. This country is one of the most welcoming, inspiring and exciting places you will ever visit.
There are a few attractions that one can indulge in Ghana. Surfing in the beaches of Accra, discovering Jamestown, Cape Coast Castles and visiting a few national parks here and there are a few of the activities that make Ghana a great visit!
In urban centres like Conakry, the ease of modern transportation and the helpfulness of young locals who speak English are the ultimate bonus.
Following closely behind the leaders on the Global Peace Index is Namibia, In short, it is beyond safe to visit, and once you arrive, you’ll soon understand why there’s something so mesmerizing about Namibia.
The magic of this Southern Africa nation can only be experienced first hand – the inviting, friendly atmosphere will have you hooked within moments.
That said, the marvels of this country, from Etosha National Park to the desert magnificence of Sossusvlei far outweigh any risks! One of my favourite countries on the continent, check out these top-rated Namibia Tours for some great ideas about what you could experience here.
Zambia might not be the first place you would suspect to be at the top of the Global Peace Ranking Index, but it’s been a steady climber where safety is concerned over the last decade. If you don’t know much about Zambia, 2021 might be the year to visit this up-and-coming destination to see what makes it so enticing.
Zambia is a certainly a destination that holds its own and the crime rate is incredibly low, as is the petty crime rate. Of course, there is a chance that visitors will fall prey to pickpockets yet the risk much lower than other large cities.
Zambia proudly holds the title of being the “birthplace of the walking safari”, with up-close encounters with big-game species a highlight of any safari here. You can come face-to-face with leopards in Kafue National Park and see island-hopping buffalo in Lower Zambezi National Park or escape to remote North Luangwa National Park.
Tanzania has a lot to offer a traveler and is the safest place in Africa to visit. First, you have the Serengeti which is the number one destination in Africa to go on safari. Second, you have the Ngorongoro Crater which is where the Lion King is loosely based on. Third, you have the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro. And fourth you have the tropical paradise of Zanzibar.
The Serengeti is where you go to see wildlife. We also saw a standoff between a lion and an elephant. We also saw two male lions that were brothers just chilling in the shade. It was awesome to see a male lion after all of the females we would see.
Ngorongoro is on the way to the Serengeti and is another wonderful place to see the wildlife. We saw quite a few rhinos when I was there.
And Zanzibar is just stunning. The turquoise water surrounding the island is so stunning. A great little place to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Madagascar is one of the unexpected surprises on this list as many travellers tend to overlook this remote and untouched destination. You won’t need to worry about petty crime and tourist scams here. Naturally, you would want to remain vigilant and keep an eye on your bags or wallet, but you won’t have too much to worry about as long as you use common sense. In Antananarivo, like any major city there is always a risk of small crime, but compared to other countries in the region it is minimal.
The famous Baobab Alley in the west is perfectly placed on the way to the Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve, which has some of the most unique geography you’ll find in the country.
In the north, outside Nosy Be, you can go swimming with Whale Sharks, go Whale watching, or maybe even spot a Sea Turtle laying her eggs on the beach in a responsible way. And did I mention the adorable Lemurs?
Anyone who has visited Senegal would not be surprised that this country has secured one of the top spots. While it’s true that Senegal has dropped down two spots in the region, it’s actually climbed two globally. Still, it’s extremely safe with few crimes reported and less scams that you might find in countries more popular with tourist crowds. With beautiful countryside that changes at every turn, delicious food and friendly locals, Senegal should most certainly be next on your must-visit list.
Senegal has a ton of attractions that tourists can fearlessly indulge in since these tourist attractions are not riddled with crime. The pink lake of Senegal is a tourist hotspot so is the town of Casamance where tourists can unwind and relax. Birdwatchers will certainly enjoy places like Madeleine Island, Lagoon La Somone and the national park of DjouDJ.
Steer clear or remain extra cautious of places like Dakar and avoid late night walks in the beaches. Also, keep an eye out on the newspapers before your travel, Senegal is known to have a lot of protests and while most of them are peaceful, some of them do get ugly and result in riot police having to use aggressive tactics.
The beaches in Mauritius are absolutely beautiful. It is very safe and is known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the World. There is also plenty of opportunities to see different varieties of wildlife. There are also opportunities to go hiking. The terrain of the country is made of mountains and dunes. It’s perfect if you like to be at one with nature while going on a hike.
In terms of where to, we recommend you stay in Balaclava. When it comes to which accommodation to choose, the best places to stay in Mauritius is Maradive Resort and Spa, Degrees Sud, The St Regis Mauritius Resort. Mauritius has many instagrammable boutique hotels that will make any guest feel like they are the King or Queen of The World.
When it comes to partying, the best place to party is in Grand Baie. There are so many cool beach parties with world-class DJ’s to enjoy. There are also many beach bars, sports bars, and clubs to choose from to ensure you have an epic night every night.
Coming in at number nine on our list, Kenya is a land of gorgeous panoramas, rich culture and it boasts a street food scene that is well worth diving deep into. Travelling through Kenya is thrilling – some days you can hop on a motorbike to take in the country’s extensive coastline, other days you can kayak through the sparkling waters of Lamu and Mombasa for a taste of the country’s natural beauty.
Even within cities such as Nairobi, crime is not an issue for the vast majority of tourists – though, of course, it pays to be cautious. There are travel warnings associated with the Somalian border area and the northern coast, though it’s easy to avoid these regions.
Travelers will generally be on safari in wilderness areas where the only risks are associated with wild animals (and with a good guide, these risks are minimal). Wildlife is best viewed July to October when it’s dry, which also coincides with the wildebeest migration arriving in the Masai Mara.
Liberia offers travelers the chance to experience West Africa’s vibrant culture firsthand. The bustling capital city of Monrovia is home to dozens of markets where artisans sell their finest handcrafted wares, and the Liberia National Museum provides insight into the history of Africa’s oldest republic.
Surfers from around the world flock to Liberia’s palm tree-lined beaches to catch the perfect wave, and the inland jungles are home to leopards, elephants, chimpanzees, and the pygmy hippo. Liberia may sound like a dream vacation destination, but there are safety concerns to take into consideration before applying for a Liberian Tourist Visa.
Petty and violent crimes are common throughout Monrovia, especially in densely populated neighborhoods. Most crimes in Liberia are crimes of opportunity. Pickpockets frequent known tourist attractions, and armed carjackings often take place in broad daylight. It’s wise to make travel arrangements through a reputable taxi company instead of hailing a cab on the street. Foreign tourists have reported being robbed by their taxi drivers.
Women travelers are especially vulnerable to crime in Liberia. Traveling to unsafe neighborhoods and walking alone at night is strongly discouraged.