What Are The Safest Countries in Africa You Need To Know?

By Lily Evans | Africa

Aug 09
The Safest Countries in Africa

African countries are often stereotyped as unsafe places to visit, but this couldn't have been farther from the truth. The reality is that quite many African countries are well-developed, scenic, and quite peaceful. You might even find some of these countries safer than San Francisco or New York.

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Fair enough, certain countries in Africa are riddled with conflict, but the rest of the continent is safe for visiting tourists. If you still have qualms about visiting the continent, start with the safest countries in Africa which I have listed for you below.


Safety in Africa

Safety in Africa

Again, I have to emphasize that most of Africa are no more unsafe than popular tourist destinations. In fact, most tourist hotspots and big cities will inevitably have a criminal element. After all, high-density places populated by tourists are the best venues for pickpocketing, mugging, and theft.

​Again, I have to emphasize that most of Africa are no more unsafe than popular tourist destinations. In fact, most tourist hotspots and big cities will inevitably have a criminal element. After all, high-density places populated by tourists are the best venues for pickpocketing, mugging, and theft.

​More often than not, however, the biggest problems you would encounter while in Africa are red tape in immigration, certain diseases or viral infections endemic to the region, and clean water source.

Staying Safe in the Region

Staying Safe in the Region

Unless you visit a high-conflict country in Africa, for the most part, your safety in the region will highly depend on the safety precautions you’ve taken before and during your visit.

​For one, a lot of African countries are still struggling with bureaucratic corruption, so make sure to have all your travel documents ready before going there. In some countries, you can get a visa upon arrival. However, I suggest getting a visa before going to Africa to avoid potential interrogations and hassle.

Also, make sure to check travel advisories issued by your embassy about the African country you intend to visit to find out which vaccines you will need. Get your immunizations and vaccines before heading to the region.

While carrying loads of cash is rarely advisable when traveling abroad, you would want to keep some cash on hand when in Africa. Due to issues of fraud, traveler’s cheques are no longer issued in the region. Most countries also don’t have credit cards and ATMs are a bit hard to come by.​

Don't worry, however, because the US dollar is an acceptable currency in Africa. If you have to withdraw, head to international hotels as they usually have ATMs.

Tourist-Friendly Countries in Africa

​Africa is often painted as a backward and dangerous region, but in reality, it is actually a beautiful continent with many well-developed and tourist-friendly countries. Most of the countries in the continent are safe and used to tourists from all over the world.

​Here are a couple of my favorite countries in Africa, which are perfect destinations for tourists who want to experience the region’s vibrant culture while traveling safely.

​First on my list is Botswana, a stable and relatively prosperous country which has gained popularity in recent years for being one of the safest countries in Africa. The country has a competitive banking system, a stable currency, and good infrastructure.

Botswana

​Also worth visiting is Gambia, which, although not often talked about, is the safest country in West Africa. This country has a thriving beach resort scene and is inhabited by very friendly and hospitable people. You can safely walk around at night in this country.

Gambia

​A favorite among tourists is Morocco, an idyllic country in North Africa best known for its sunny weather, vibrant culture, and rich history. Although surrounded by countries struggling with rebellions, Morocco is well-governed and has been safe and stable for a long time.

Morocco

​Note, however, that Morocco has a number of disputed border areas, so it is best to stay away from those parts. As long as you stay in major cities, it is highly unlikely for you to encounter any mishaps.

Another safe country in Africa, which you might find surprising, is Ethiopia. In the past, Ethiopia suffered through drought, famine, and poverty. It has indeed come a long way and is now among the most food-secure countries in Africa, in addition to being among the safest.


Conclusion

Safest Countries in Africa

​The countries I have listed are just some of the safest countries in Africa and are my personal favorites. This is in no way an exhaustive list of all the tourist-safe destinations in Africa. In fact, if I have to make a comprehensive list, it’d be easier to just list the relatively few unsafe countries in the region.

Wondering if a country in Africa is safe for first-time travelers? Not sure which part of the continent to visit first? Leave a question in the comments below​

Source

  • http://answersafrica.com/safest-countries-africa.html
  • http://www.tripzilla.com/7-safest-countries-in-africa-for-travellers/27273
  • http://www.africaranking.com/top-10-most-peaceful-countries-in-africa/

About the Author

I'm Lily Evans and I’m here to share with you pieces of travel advice, as well as handy tips and tricks, which I have accumulated over years of travelling and exploring the globe.