9 Safest Countries You Must Visit in Africa (and some bonus travel tips) - Breathe Travel

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 continents of the world that many people are afraid to explore is Africa.

Well, they're 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. From experience, 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…

Safest countries to travel in Africa

1. Morocco

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Zagora Desert, Morocco. Image: The Lunar Surf House

Morocco is a favorite place for many travelers, and more and more people 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 has stayed rather stable and safe for travel.

While disputed border zones and the drug regions have to be avoided, you'll be surrounded by tourists in big cities and most parts of the country.

2. Botswana

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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's, ‘No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency' was 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

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Grand Baie, 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. Many people in Mauritius are even 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 economy They have elections once every five years. Laws that govern the nation are based partially on French civil law and British common law. The crime rate in the country is also going down.

4. Ethiopia

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Simien National Park, Ethiopia

Ethiopia might make you think of the awful starvations that have shattered the nation so badly in the past decades. But you'll likely be surprised, and reassured, to learn that it's actually one of the most food-secure nations in Africa today. Ethiopia has changed significantly and is one of the safest countries in Africa for travelers, particularly in the tourist centers. 

It's remarkable to see how far it has come from the problems that the entire world joined together to help solve a few decades ago.

5. Madagascar

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Ring Tailed Lemur, Madagascar

When you visit this big island nation, you'll find a lot of hospitals, medical centers, and dispensaries throughout the country, which is always reassuring when traveling. Another great thing is that Madagascar offers free, compulsory education from the ages 6 to 13. Because of the better access to education, the enrollment rates have more than doubled up between the year 1996 and 2006.

6. Ghana

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Elmina Port, 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

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Namib Desert, Namibia

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

8. Zambia

Africa, Zambia, Namibia, giraffe

This non-coastal country is one of the most extremely developed countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Although Zambia is a Christian country, you can find an extensive diversity of religious traditions there. The country has widespread social security, and low-capacity houses.

9. Lesotho

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Bergdorf, Lesotho

Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho's government is a governmental or lawful realm and the constitution offers a self-governing judicial system. The beautiful and culturally-rich country is economically united with South Africa.

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All in all, the countries mentioned above are nine 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 go, 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.

Extra Travel Tips

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, not to wear flamboyant clothing and too much jewelry.

When exploring at nighttime, it's better to take a ride from one place to another rather than walking. It's not going to be difficult for you to find taxis in major cities in Africa.

First aid and medical facilities

Make sure to visit your doctor to see what vaccinations you might need. There are still possibilities of catching disease like malaria, AIDS, hepatitis, and cholera. Even though limited, the medical facilities in Africa are available all over the region, especially in big cities.

Theft and security

Due to poverty, theft is a common practice in many parts of Africa, particularly in those places where tourists go. For you to avoid losing your valuable belongings, make sure to have a Travel Bra, neck purse, money belt or leg safe with you.

All your important belongings should be kept on you all the time, 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, 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 to take with you. Handbags aren't advised as they are generally easy to drag from the shoulder and attracts pickpockets, which makes you a big target. A better bag you may want to use is a decent sized side-satchel as they can't easily be noticed, and don't take a lot of cash out either.

Taking care of yourself

Last of all, insurance is essential when traveling. Don't get caught out without it as it'll ruin an incredible trip to an amazing continent and leave you with memories of pain and debt. 

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