The 10 Safest Holiday Safari Countries in Africa
The answers to these two questions are a decisive and loud YES!
Nothing beats the natural world beauty of Africa – from snow-capped peaks to rolling savannahs to luxurious dense forest. Imagine an infinite vista of wildlife against a brilliant sunset, framed by Africa’s signature acacia trees.
Nowhere else will you see such an abundance of beauty in the land, the animals, and the culture. A visit to Africa is an unforgettable journey to a world that defines our place on this planet.
Of course, all travel carries a little risk but most of Africa is much safer than people have been led to believe. With just a little foreknowledge and some common sense, you will enjoy the safari of a lifetime. Here we present to you 10 of the safest places to visit in Africa, this most special of continents.
It suffered a troubled history, but today’s Rwanda may be one of the safest countries in Africa. The violence of decades past has been a lesson to its people, and they have responded by creating a more cohesive and peaceful society.
You’ll feel this re-birth in the welcoming eyes of the Rwandan people who are more than happy to show you their modern capital of Kigali. The countryside is a pure, green jewel of lush mountains, harboring the exotic mountain gorilla. Rwanda is a warm, inviting example of a safe African country – indeed, one of the safest places to visit in Africa. We operate a number of safari tours in Rwanda.
With its movie-scape red deserts, Namibia presents visitors with incredible journeys through an other-worldly setting. This is a sparsely populated country which only enhances its safety – the crime rate is extremely low. Add to this, the country’s desert conditions – you won’t find tropical diseases or malaria seen elsewhere.
Politically stable with a developed infrastructure, the roads are good and medical services are competent and available. Be sure to visit Etosha National Park, and the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei are beyond stunning.
The government of Botswana is politically stable, the economy is strong – it’s only the elephants you might have to watch out for! With its low levels of corruption, solid public and medical services, there has been no civil unrest in recent memory. And the tourism industry is well-organized, keeping guests safe while on safari.
But Botswana does have lots of large wildlife, especially elephants. One needs to be alert while driving or camping. That’s where the well-trained guides come in. A visit to the Okavango Delta is an absolute – lots of big cats and other game roam in great numbers and varieties. Also, not to be missed is the Kalahari Desert, perhaps the largest unbroken stretch of sand in the world.
Kenya is also a strong candidate as one of the safest holiday safari countries in Africa. It has experienced some political conflict in the past but those were mainly isolated events. The country is still very safe for its million-plus yearly visitors. The safari industry here is well-established with excellent roads and medical services.
Even in capital Nairobi, crime is rarely an issue for tourists, though common-sense is always advised. In Kenya’s active national parks, one should be cautious of wild animals but that’s why the expert guides are there to assist you. Adding to the sense of development and stability, English is considered the second language in Kenya, making communication much easier. Check out the latest safari tours that explore Kenya.
Mauritius would certainly rank as one of the safest holiday countries in Africa due to its lack of poverty and secure beach resorts. An island nation, Mauritius is famed for its beautiful beaches and easy, relaxed vibe. Whether you’re single, coupled or a family, you are certain to feel welcome and comfortable in this charming multicultural vacation spot.
And Mauritius isn’t just beaches – visit the national Botanical Gardens with its hundreds of plant varieties. The capital of Port Louis is attractive, cosmopolitan and one of the wealthiest cities in Africa – as well as safe.
Ethiopia has finally shaken off its 80’s reputation for troubles, especially food shortages, and has transformed into a dynamic, growing country. This means it’s a leader for safe African countries. Throughout Ethiopia crime is low and the growing tourism industry has contributed to its overall stability.
If you are looking for culture, this is your stop. Ethiopia offers the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any country on the continent. A 3,000-year-old country, the colours, textures, traditions, and people of Ethiopia are sure to enchant.
With its stable government, Morocco is one of the safest countries in Africa, especially in the northern region. Long popular with travellers, its tourist facilities are well-developed and secure. Visitors, however, should be alert to petty crimes like pickpocketing in the bigger cities.
Pollution may be an irritant for some, and female travellers should exercise caution so as not to be harassed. All that said, Morocco is a colourful, captivating country with a rich culture of food, customs, and art.
Toward the southern end of the continent, you’ll find Zambia to be a safe and politically stable wildlife destination. Besides being a rural country, you will most likely fly straight to the countryside where the game is, passing by the possibility of any city crime.
While its infrastructure is not overly developed, a visit to Zambia is more than worth it for the wildlife – lots of elephants and hippos. Do take precautions regarding your health as malaria is still prevalent here.
Home to Africa’s tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the great Serengeti plains, Tanzania is a safe African country to visit. Not to be missed because of its vast wildlife populations, you should still take normal precautions, especially when in the big cities.
That said, Tanzania is home to the Great Migration in the Serengeti and the otherworldly Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, holds over 25,000 large animals. The series of brilliant parks here offer every kind of wildlife experience, including millions of bright pink flamingos. Take a look at our range of Tanzania wildlife safaris.
Not to be excluded from any list of safest African countries to visit is the exquisite nation of Seychelles, a cluster of pristine islands in the Indian Ocean. A very safe vacation spot for vacationers, you’ll find a stable government and well-regarded tourism industry.
Perhaps the biggest danger in Seychelles is the riptides, so take care when swimming. Other than that, you’ll delight in a tropical climate that’s perfect for swimming, surfing, diving, and snorkeling. Besides the beaches and coral reefs, don’t miss the nature reserves and national parks for hiking and birding.
If we’re just looking at the crime rate on it’s own for African nations, Rwanda comes out on top, ranking at 11th in the Global Crime Index’s latest report. Despite Rwanda’s impressively low crime rates, for several years running, The Global Peace Index Report has placed Mauritius as the most peaceful country on the African continent. Overall, Mauritius is ranked as the 23rd safest country in the world according to the 2020 GPI report.
The following countries in Africa are not safe for tourists to visit and Natural Tours strongly wishes advises that brave adventures do not entertain the thought of visiting or travelling through the following nations:
Unfortunately, the above countries suffer from combinations of high levels of crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping and armed conflict which make them extremely risky for foreign visitors.
These safest countries in Africa present a stunning diversity of land, sea, and wildlife – a natural draw for seaside vacations, safaris, and cultural delights. Let Natural World Kenya Safaris plan a dream adventure for you and your family. Let us know your desires – we’ll make it happen!
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