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The 10 Safest Countries In Africa For Solo Travelers

Traveling to Africa can be a challenge – especially if you are a solo traveler.

But the fact that you are going solo shouldn’t stop you from experiencing it as it would be highly rewarding for anyone to explore this continent. And encounter wide landscapes, unique cultures,wild animals, and friendly communities.

WHERE TO START EXPLORING AFRICA?
Probably the best time to visit Africa is whenever you feel ready to experience its wilderness. But of course, a rough adventure does not mean you have to sacrifice your safety only for you to enjoy what the continent has to offer.

You must keep in mind that, only because Africa has some of the poorest nations in the world, doesn’t mean that it is a dangerous place to travel especially for those who are going solo. Here are my top picks in terms of the safest countries in the continent.

1. BOTSWANA

Botswana was once a British Colony but since it got freed and became their own nation, Botswana got the steadiest democracy in Africa which makes the place an ideal destination for any kind of traveler.

Exploring the country is safe and easy. Actually, you wouldn’t have a problem getting around here as almost everyone speaks English. During your stay don’t forget to try a “mokoro” ride in order to have a unique canoeing experience!

Another incredible thing to do here is to watch the everyday life of the zebras, elephants, and hippos in their natural habitats!

2. NAMIBIA

Next to Botswana, this is another safe destination for solo travelers due to its good governance. Namibia will not fail to offer you an adventure of a lifetime.

When visiting the country, don’t forget to check out Etosha National Park where you can see 114 families of mammals and over 300 species of birds!

Hire a truck that will make you have closer wildlife encounters.

3. ETHIOPIA

This country is making a lot of noise lately for its boosting tourism. But unfortunately, not a lot of people are aware of how beautiful it is.

Violence in Ethiopia is almost non-existent. Extremely visitor-friendly – you may still expect some predictable hassle and scams along the way. But this happens almost anywhere in the world, doesn’t it?

Update: Ethiopia has been removed from this list of safe African countries recently. Please do your own research before traveling there as the situation has changed.

4. MALAWI

Not even a decade ago, Malawi wasn’t a good place to travel for foreign adventurers, but because of the new found government and economic boom, this country is now one of the best African countries to visit.

Most travelers go to the rural parts of the country as getting along with and getting to know the local Malawian can be a one of a kind experience.

5. SEYCHELLES

Seychelles is another must-visit gem in Africa. The country hardly delivers bad news on TV and the internet and it has beautiful and peaceful places to go like Petite Anse and Mahe where you are able to experience an easy-going lifestyle. Seychelles has converted many of its small islands to national parks. This is the way of their government to preserve the picturesque beauty of the country while allowing travelers to see it for themselves!

6. MOZAMBIQUE

If you are visiting Africa in hope to spend some time laying down on white sandy beaches, enjoying hammocks, getting shades under the palm trees, sipping fresh coconut juice, and just enjoying the #beachlife, then Mozambique is for you.

On the other hand, you should not expect to ride jet skis, fancy restaurants, and lively nightlife, this is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature as a backpacker. You can, however, enjoy discovering underwater as the country has rich marine life, so make sure to pack your goggles and snorkel!

7. KENYA

Kenya has always been in the spotlight for the last decades, mainly due to bad news caused by terrorism and natural disasters. But now, with improved security – normally done with a genuine smile – traveling to this place as a solo traveler is safer than ever.

Just like any other country, it is important to look after your valuables as petty crime is still widespread. While in the country, you will feel overjoyed with the kindness Kenyans will offer you during your stay.

8. RWANDA

Rwanda should be topping this list due to its very low terrorism and crime rates.

This country had a rough and tear-jerking history but eventually, the country thrived into one of the amazing sights in the entire continent. Rwanda also prides itself for having one of the biggest tropical forests in Africa which you can explore for days.

9. MADAGASCAR

Madagascar is known for its wildlife, thanks to the animated movie of the same name. The animals in the movie including the cute but wild lemurs are seen here.

In general, it’s a safe country in Africa to visit due to the policies and good governance.

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10. MOROCCO

It is not very likely for you to experience real physical danger when traveling to Morocco, but like other places in the world it is important to stay vigilant against harassment and petty crime.

Morocco is a country of contrasts – from the bust Djemaa el-Fna Square to the High Atlas Mountains deserts, and the friendly Berber people, the safety it offers is not the only reason why travelers must visit this country.

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