Top 9 Safest Countries in Africa for Your Next Trip

By Alice Ross | AFRICA

Oct 11
When traveling to a foreign land, wariness and uncertainty are always involved, mainly when visiting developing countries where a major portion of the population live under the poverty line.
But you know what's sad? To let these uncertainties stop you from exploring a new country. One of the regions of the world that many people are afraid to explore is Africa.

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Well, they are missing a lot. Just like exploring other countries in the world, the main thing you have to do is to be vigilant, follow the local advice, and avoid unnecessary risks. Having to explore several parts of Africa, I know the safest countries in Africa to explore and how to keep safe in general. In this article, I will share them with you…

Appropriate Clothing and Getting Around

When traveling around Africa, it's important to know the appropriate clothing. It is recommended that when you walk around especially in the bigger cities, you have to try not to wear flamboyant clothing and too much jewelry.
When exploring at nighttime, it is a better idea to take a ride when going from a place to another. It is not going to be difficult for you to find taxis in major cities in Africa.

First Aid and Medical Facilities

When traveling to Africa, you have to make sure that you have complete vaccination as there are small possibilities of disease especially malaria, aids, hepatitis, and cholera.
Your first aid kit to Africa would be slightly different from the typical one you take when traveling to other parts of the world. It should include contraceptives, antibiotic, sanitizers, and sterilizers. Even though limited, the medical facilities in Africa are available all over the region, especially in big cities.

Theft and Security

Because of poverty, theft is a common occurrence in many parts of Africa particularly on those places where tourists go. In order for you to avoid losing your important belongings, make sure to have either of these with you: neck purses, money belts, and leg safes.
All your important belongings should be kept along all the time and even when you're sleeping inside your accommodation. Walking by yourself in a city at night and hitchhiking on your own isn't really a good idea. Make sure to get yourself registered to your home embassy so you can get help in case of any trouble.

Keeping Important Documents

It is a good idea to make copies of all your important documents like passports and drivers licenses. If your hotel has a safety vault, make sure to leave your original documents inside it and only bring the photocopies with you when you go out. A lot of hotels in big African cities have this.

Keeping your belongings safe while traveling

While you're exploring in Africa at daytime, it's important to decide which belongings you are going to being with you. Handbags aren't advised as they are generally easy to drag from the shoulder or attracts pickpocket, which makes you a big target. A better daypack you may want to use is a decent sized side-satchel as they can't easily be noticed. Make sure not to bring a lot of cash when going out.

Taking Care of Yourself

Last, of all, travel insurance is extremely recommended especially if you have to go for adventures since they can help a lot if ever a problem occurred. Don't forget to put on sunblock, though, because even though you are in any of the safest countries in Africa, the sun can be a big enemy.

Safest Countries to Travel in South Africa

Africa might be one of the most interesting places in the world. But even though this is the case, a lot of people are still afraid to travel here. But if you're really eager to visit some part of Africa, make sure to start at any with any of the countries listed in our list of top 9 safest countries in Africa.

1. Morocco

Morocco is a favorite place for many travelers, and more and more people take a visit to enjoy the sun, history, culture, and adventure. While other North African countries have become progressively and terrifyingly unstable and dangerous, Morocco is one of the countries that have stayed rather stable and safe for travel. While disputed border zones and the drugs regions have to be avoided, you'll be bounded by tourists in big cities and most parts of the country.

2. Botswana

Botswana is a steady and rather a wealthy country, whose appeal has been carried to the consciousness of the public in the past years. This is where the novel of Alexander McCall Smith, ‘No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency' has set.
If you're not familiar with these books, they have presented the intrinsic compassion and gentle spirit of the people of the country. There's political permanence here, great infrastructure, a firm currency, and a strong legal system that ensures rights and freedoms for people.

3. Mauritius

This volcanic island nation has situated itself as the main platform when it comes to estate planning and wealth organization. Mauritius populations are multicultural and multiethnic. A lot of people in Mauritius are also multilingual.
The country's government is exhibited on the Westminster governmental system. The country is graded highly by a lot of experts for social equality, political freedom, and economic. They have elections once every 5 years. Laws that govern the nation are based partially from French civil law and British common law. The crime rate in the country is also going low.

4. Ethiopia

Ethiopia might make you think of the awful starvations that have shattered the nation so badly in the past decades, but looking forward to today, Ethiopia has changed significantly. It's a rather one of the safest countries in Africa for travelers, particularly if you cling to the tourist centers. You're going to be surprised but reassured to learn that it's actually one of the most food-secure nations you will find in Africa today.
It's remarkable to see how far Ethiopia has come from the problems that the entire world joined together to help solve a few decades ago.

5. Madagascar

This big island nation is a semi-presidential illustrative democratic multiparty republic. When you visit the country, you'll find a lot of hospitals, medical centers, and dispensaries throughout the country. Another good thing about Madagascar is that they offer free education and required from the ages 6 to 13. Because of the better access to educational, the enrollment rates have more than doubled up between the year 1996 and 2006.

6. Ghana

Ghana is a unitary top-level legitimate equality. According to the 2008 GPI survey, Ghana was the safest countries in Africa. Ghana has also seen two peaceable transmissions of power between party-political parties. Even up to date, Ghana has really few internal battles and has great relations with the neighboring nations.

7. Namibia

Namibia is a haven for peace and stability. This country in South African has successfully opposed and overcome the challenges that lead to extensive battle and volatility. Namibia political parties have shown readiness to work together in the nationwide interest regardless of differences.

8. Zambia

This non-coastal country is a high-level representative democratic republic. It's one of the most extremely developed countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Although Zambia is a Christian country, an extensive diversity of religious traditions is found there. The country has widespread social security, aimed low-capacity houses.

9. Lesotho

Lesotho is a country surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho's government is a governmental or lawful realm. The constitution offers a self-governing judicial system. The country is economically united with South Africa. About 85% of the people that are older than 14 years old are literate.
All in all, the countries mentioned above are relatively 9 of the safest countries in Africa. But no matter where you are in the world, make sure to travel safely by knowing the rules, avoiding unnecessary risk, and keeping your intelligence about you.
With over 1.2 billion people, Africa is the world's second most densely inhabited continent. It has a great variety of cultures, languages, and traditions. If you do, your visit to Africa will definitely be so enjoyable. You will be able to enjoy the warmth, hospitality, generosity, vibrancy, and richness the continent has to offer.
Do you know any other countries that deserve a spot on this list? Share them in the comment below!
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About the Author

Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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Tynnetta July 17, 2017

Gambia is extremely peaceful!!

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