Africa is a wonderful continent gifted by nature in all the different countries that are found in it. Africa is known to be a place that has had endless wars but this does not mean that every country is plagued with them. In fact most of the countries in Africa are war free and the people who live in those countries are very hospitable when it comes to welcoming visitors in their country.
Here are the safest countries in Africa in 2021
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#1 Safest Countries In Africa
Another Southern African nation on this list, Botswana is certainly one of the safest countries in this continent, with a stable political climate and a strong growing economy thanks to its wealth of natural resources.
Generally thought to have quite low levels of corruption, public services, such as roads and medical infrastructure are good across the country and civil unrest almost unheard of in recent years.
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!
#2 Safest Countries In Africa
Ghana is pretty much located in the centre of the world map. Although Ghana does not host too many of the other attractions that its African counterpart countries host – like Safaris, Wildlife, Eco-tours and more. It does have a lot in the way of cultural heritage that dates back to the 18th century. The capital city – Accra has negligible instances of crime reported and the city is always bustling with locals and tourists alike.
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!
#3 Safest Countries In Africa
While petty theft is reported in major hubs such as Lusaka and Livingstone, Zambia remains one of the safest countries for safari travellers to visit in Africa. It’s politically stable, with little conflict in recent times, and boasts one of the richest concentrations of wildlife on the continent in South Luangwa National Park. Zambia also shares access to Victoria Falls with neighbouring Zimbabwe and seeing the “Smoke that Thunders” is not to be missed.
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.
The best time to visit Zambia is during its dry season from May to October when large numbers of big-game species congregate along the banks of its rivers. Victoria Falls tends to be at its best from June to September while many of the country’s safari lodges and camps close down altogether during the wet season (November to April) when roads become impassable.
#4 Safest Countries In Africa
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.
#5 Safest Countries In Africa
Madagascar is misunderstood, but it’s actually one of the safest places to visit in Africa. Although locals are extremely poor and there is some crime, you’re safe as long as you stay away from the capital city, Antananarivo, after dark and avoid the country’s southern region. There, bandits rob tourists by stopping taxi-brousses (minibuses), which are often pointed out by corrupt drivers.
But if you go north or west from the capital, you’ll find a different story. This part of Madagascar is more used to travelers. As long as you use common sense when it comes to safety, you will be fine. Just choose the best (not necessarily the cheapest) mode of transport and watch your belongings like you would at home, and you’ll enjoy exploring this off-the-beaten-path African island.
There are great people, stunning natural beauty, and incredible wildlife unique to Madagascar (including the renowned Ring-tailed Lemurs). 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?
#6 Safest Countries In Africa
Senegal does experience some petty crime and few instances of violent crime – most commonly mugging and robbery at gunpoint. But these instances are quite uncommon and at 1.883, the country fares better than France when it comes to country-wide safety.
Speaking of France, safety will most likely be the last of your concern since some of the biggest issues the tourists face has to do with language – which is almost exclusively French, few locals do speak broken English but it would be a great idea to hire a tour guide who is fairly adept at English.
Additionally, 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.
#7 Safest Countries In Africa
Namibia gets my vote as probably the safest country in Africa to travel.
With a desert climate, tropical diseases are less common here and malaria is generally thought not to be a risk in the south of the country. In addition, the arid landscape means Namibia has one of the lowest population densities in the world and crime is very low.
The country is politically stable and fairly well developed, meaning the medical services and the roads are generally excellent. The downsides to safety in Namibia are also due to its size and desert climate however.
Isolated and very rural, you may find yourself quite far from medical services if you fall ill outside major towns and breakdown support if you’re in your own vehicle can certainly be an issue. Dehydration and heat stroke are also major concerns in this dry, hot land where temperatures are known to soar and where fresh water can be a precious resource.
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.
#8 Safest Countries In Africa
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.
#9 Safest Countries In Africa
Though Kenya has been in the headlines over the years for political conflict or issues along the coast, the country is largely safe for the million-plus visitors it receives each year. The safari industry is the most established in Africa, and an excellent infrastructure enables travelers to easily get around the country.
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.
#10 Safest Countries In Africa
Morocco seems to be the safe haven amongst the turbulence that has hit a few of the North African countries. The desert destination is overflowing with colorful culture, crafts, and beauty. If you can withstand the high temperature and the language barrier, then there is no reason why Morocco should not be on top of your bucket list.
From the red-city of Marrakech to the blue city of Chefchaouen, the coastal paradise of Agadir and the sweeping views from the Atlas Mountains; Morocco is every whimsical traveler’s dream.
Morocco is known for its bustling cities, colorful tapestry and tasty cuisine, but it is also very well-known for its magnificent deserts. A tour to the Merzouga desert is an absolute necessity if you visit Morocco.
Enjoy a camel ride through rolling hills of sand, absorb an incredible sunset, and camp out in Bedouin tents underneath the stars. Depending on who you choose to guide you, other fun activities such as quad-biking and sandboarding may be an optional inclusion.
#11 Safest Countries In Africa
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.
#12 Safest Countries In Africa
You may not be completely aware of how beautiful and stunning this country is until you visit it and change the way you see it.
It is true that the famine many years ago brought on unfavorable problems that have lasted for an extended period. However, it is now completely safe to travel to Ethiopia. Even in its capital, Addis Ababa, serious crime is rare and the rate of petty crime is low.
Head into the Simien Mountains and be in awe of the spectacular landscape. Travelers come here to learn about ancient religious sites and to be marveled by rare and unusual animals like the Gelada baboon, Walia ibex, and Ethiopian wolf.