12 Safest Countries in Africa for Safe Solo Traveling

A giraffe

Africa can be a challenging place for travelers especially for those who travel solo.

However, it doesn’t mean you cannot visit it especially considering the fact of how amazing this place is.

It is a great place to enjoy stunning nature, unique culture, friendly people, and wild animals.

You just need to know that traveling to Africa on your own is very hard and sometimes even impossible.

The reason is that local people are very friendly and you’ll for sure meet a bunch of new friends.

The truth is that most countries on the continent are proud of their friendliness and kindness.

You can explore the country by bus or enjoy a cup of coffee at a local cafe, or just walk through a street, you’ll for sure meet numerous locals that want to chat with you.

The great thing is that you can have a great time while hanging out with locals.

Also, you can easily meet numerous backpackers and solo travelers while exploring Arica.

Most people think that Africa isn’t a safe place for traveling but the truth is that it is vice versa.

Where To Start Exploring Africa?

If you consider visiting Africa, you need to make sure you are ready for its wildness.

However, experiencing rough, wild nature doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about your safety.

While the continent is inhabited by the poorest nations in the world, the region itself is pretty safe.

Below, you can find the list of the safest countries in Africa for solo travelers.

Botswana

Botswana
Botswana

Known as a former British Colony, Botswana is one of the steadiest countries in Africa.

As a result, it is a perfect place for travelers in Africa.

You can easily travel through the country and explore its beauty and culture.

One other important point is that most local people know English well so you’ll hardly experience any communication problems during your visit there.

If you want to experience something unique and interesting, take a ride at a “mokoro”.

Also, it is a great place to observe some wild animals such as zebras, hippos, elephants in their natural habitats.

Botswana Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
77
  • OVERALL RISK : LOW
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
  • MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
  • TERRORISM RISK : LOW
  • SCAMS RISK : LOW
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Namibia

Elephants
Elephants

One other safe place to visit in Africa is Namibia which is known for its great governance.

Namibia can provide an unforgettable experience and great adventure while being one of the most stable countries in the region.

Going there, make sure to visit Etosha National Park which is inhabited by 114 families of mammals and about 300 species of birds.

If you want to explore this beautiful country, the best option is to hire a truck.

Namibia Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
71
  • OVERALL RISK : LOW
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
  • MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
  • TERRORISM RISK : LOW
  • SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Ghana

Ghana is one other incredible and very safe place in Africa.

All year round, Ghana can offer you gorgeous beaches, amazing country, stunning nature, and friendly people.

Numerous tourists from all over the world give preference to this country when they decide to visit Africa for the first time or want to experience something new.

Speaking of safety issues, Ghana is one of the safest countries in West Africa.

About 1 million tourists visit this country annually as the country is very exciting and has a low crime rate.

The fact is that the country’s economy develops fast due to the growing number of tourists from all over the world.

Ghana Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
73
  • OVERALL RISK : LOW
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
  • MUGGING RISK : LOW
  • TERRORISM RISK : LOW
  • SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Malawi

Deserted beach
Deserted beach

Less than 10 years ago Malawi was known as one of the worst places for tourists.

However, the new government changed the country and now it experiences an economic boom that makes Malawi one of the best places for tourists.

Usually, tourists give preference to rural areas where you can feel the real vibe of the country and Malawian culture.

Malawi Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
53
  • OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
  • MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
  • TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
  • SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Seychelles

Seychelles
Seychelles

Seychelles is one of those places you for sure should visit if you plan to go to Africa.

While having very beautiful places such as Petite Anse and Mahe, the country is known as a very safe place for travelers.

It is a perfect destination for those who want to have a relaxing vacation.

Numerous small islands of Seychelles were transformed into national parks.

In such a way, the local government wants to keep local nature safe and preserve its stunning beauty.

Seychelles Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
80
  • OVERALL RISK : LOW
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
  • MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
  • TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
  • SCAMS RISK : LOW
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Mozambique

Mozambique
Mozambique

If you are going to visit Africa in order to enjoy local beaches, a relaxing time in a hammock, a shade of palm trees, delicious coconut juice, you should visit Mozambique.

Just keep in mind that there aren’t many activities including fancy restaurants, nightclubs, and other activities.

It is a great destination for those who want to unwind and explore the country while backpacking.

The great point is that Mozambique has absolutely stunning marine life.

If you like snorkeling and scuba diving, you’ll be impressed by local underwater activities.

Mozambique Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
46
  • OVERALL RISK : HIGH
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH
  • MUGGING RISK : HIGH
  • TERRORISM RISK : LOW
  • SCAMS RISK : HIGH
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Kenya

Kenya
Kenya

For the last few decades, Kenya was discussed widely due to numerous natural disasters and terrorism.

However, recently, the level of safety and security increased significantly so now it is a pretty safe place for solo travelers.

Just keep in mind that as in any country, petty crimes are quite common there so make sure to look after your valuables.

Locals are very friendly and kind so you feel overjoyed with the friendliness and supportiveness of Kenyans.

Kenya

Kenya Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
45
  • OVERALL RISK : HIGH
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
  • MUGGING RISK : HIGH
  • TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
  • SCAMS RISK : LOW
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Rwanda

Rwanda
Rwanda

Considering one of the lowest crime rates in the region, Rwanda should be #1 on our list.

The history of the country is very tear-jerking and really rough however recently it became one of the most amazing places on the continent.

Also, the country is famous for its beautiful tropical forest which is one of the biggest on the continent.

Rwanda Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
37
  • OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
  • MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
  • TERRORISM RISK : LOW
  • SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Madagascar

Lemurs
Lemurs

After the release of the animated movie of the same name, Madagascar became well-known due to its wildlife.

During your visit there you can see a variety of wild animals including cute lemurs shown in the movie.

Considering good governance and local policies, the country is really safe for tourists.

Madagascar Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
49
  • OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
  • MUGGING RISK : HIGH
  • TERRORISM RISK : LOW
  • SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Morocco

Morocco
Morocco

Morocco is a pretty safe country so you shouldn’t be afraid of physical danger.

However, petty crimes are rather common there so make sure to follow some common safety rules.

This beautiful country has lots of amazing things to offer you.

It is known for the bust Djemaa el-Fna Square, the beautiful High Atlas Mountains, waste deserts, and friendly Berber people.

In fact, there are lots of reasons to visit this country especially considering the safety level there.

Morocco Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
54
  • OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
  • MUGGING RISK : LOW
  • TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
  • SCAMS RISK : HIGH
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Tanzania

Snowy mountain peak
Snowy mountain peak

Tanzania is a perfect destination for solo travelers in Africa because of its incredibly friendly and kind locals.

“Ujamaa” or communism is a common notion in the country so there is a very low crime rate especially when it comes to horrible crimes.

In fact, Tanzania is the safest country in Africa so it is a great place for solo travelers.

If you want to experience something thrilling, make sure to climb Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain on the continent.

Tanzania Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
59
  • OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
  • MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
  • TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
  • SCAMS RISK : HIGH
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Zambia

Waterfall
Waterfall

Speaking of Zambia, some petty crimes and scams are rather common there but the violent crime rate is very low there.

In other words, traveling solo in Zambia, you don’t need to worry about your safety.

It is a great place for real nature lovers but even if you aren’t one of them make sure to visit Victoria Falls that are one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

It should be mentioned that there is a variety of cheap accommodations in the area.

Zambia Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
52
  • OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
  • MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
  • TERRORISM RISK : LOW
  • SCAMS RISK : HIGH
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

So, Is Africa A Safe Place To Travel Solo?

Yes.

The answer is pretty clear – yes, it is a safe place for solo travelers.

While being known as not the safest place for traveling, Africa is a great place to and most of the stereotypes about this place are false.

The truth is that there is a bunch of safe destinations on the continent.

Of course, there is a reason for those stereotypes as there are some pretty dangerous places.

However, if you choose one of the countries from our list, you’ll for sure enjoy a safe trip.

Desert
Desert

Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is Africa for tourists?

Most African countries are safe for tourism as long as you don’t stray to undeveloped areas by yourself and always travel with a group.

Which country is the safest in Africa?

Botswana is the safest country in Africa, but still not without its dangers, if safety precautions are taken, you have nothing to fear.

Which countries are the most dangerous in Africa?

The most dangerous countries in Africa are:

  • South Sudan
  • Somalia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Chad

Can you drive across Africa?

Yes! It’s possible to drive from North to South (or South to North).

To reach one end from the other you will need to stick to the east or west coasts and “drive around” the continent.

Just know, that not all countries on your way are going to be safe for travelers so make sure to have a plan in place for your road trip.

Is it safe for white tourists in Africa?

Mostly yes, but a single incident is all that separates “safety” for you, so make sure to be on alert, not everyone is accepting of other races, don’t force yourself where you don’t feel welcome, and travel with a group.

Can you wear shorts in Africa?

You can, however, it will be a good idea to avoid shorts and skirts because of the mosquitoes.

For women, it’s considered immodest.

For men, it’s part of the traditional school uniforms and as tradition, it’s only being worm by students.

What is Africa famous for?

Africa is famous for so much!

For example:

  1. It’s tropical beaches.
  2. Camping & glamping.
  3. Over 3,000 different cultures!
  4. Geological wonders, like the Namib desert and Victoria Falls.
  5. Safari and animals you’ll find in nature only on this continent.

What is considered rude in Africa?

Pointing at someone is considered rude and offensive, you better not point fingers if you want to avoid trouble.

Are there unique traditions to Africa?

Wow, there are so many!

But here are some of the most interesting traditions you’ll hear about Africa:

  • Potency test – in Uganda.
  • Bull jumping – in Ethiopia.
  • Festival for the dead – in Malawai.
  • Females lip stretching – in Ethiopia and Sudan.
  • Spitting to greet someone – in the Maasai tribe.
  • Getting beat down to earn a wife – in Fulani culture.

Who Found Africa?

The Portuguese explorer, Prince Henry.

He was the first European to systematically explore Africa.

2 Comments on 12 Safest Countries in Africa for Safe Solo Traveling

  1. Africa is considered by many as an “unsafe continent” but really, it’s just like anywhere else, yes, there are dangers, but there are also wonderful people and beautiful nature to explore.

    If you’re traveling to Africa, be sure to be polite and friendly and you will have no issues. good luck!

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      Alexandra says:

      Exactly!

      I’ve been on a 2-year job in Kenya and absolutely loved every second of it!

      Africa is a great place for travel, but you do need to know corruption is high there and sometimes crime as well, so stay safe and enjoy, Africa, is incredible!

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