Safest African Countries

by Benjamin Kerns

May 21, 2019

Namibia © Bevanward |

Tips / Safety

Travel to Africa can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the culture so different from our home. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences available to travelers. If you’re unsure where to begin, here are the safest countries on the continent to begin with.



Rwanda was listed as the ninth-safest country in the world in 2017. The massive genocide in 1994 pulled the citizens together and led to one of the biggest turnarounds of any country in history, with a huge focus on security. There’s no place safer in Africa.



The island nation of Mauritius is a popular getaway for beach lovers and extraordinarily safe. The multicultural locale boasts one of Africa’s wealthiest cities, and spares no expense when it comes to keeping its tourists secure.



Namibia not only boasts some of the wildest safaris in Africa, but also one of the lowest crime rates. The country is politically stable, unlike some of its neighbors, and the lower population means less crime to contend with.



The biggest threat you have to worry about in Seychelles is the riptide. The beautiful swath of islands is a beloved retreat among tourists with never-ending opportunities for underwater fun. The main islands are crowded, but low in crime.



Zambia doesn’t have the nicest cities in Africa, but, as a predominately wilderness destination, there is little to worry about in terms of theft and other crimes. Getting around is easy, and the locals are extremely welcoming toward tourists.



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