Safe countries you should travel to in Africa

One of the most important parts of booking a trip away is the feeling of security, being safe while you’re walking the streets or even going to a shop. So we’ve compiled a list of the top rated ‘safe’ countries for a trip to Africa.

 

BOTSWANA

In Botswana, people are said to dress down rather than up. While it is hot during the day but colder at night, it’s suggested that loose-fitting, light casual wear is best. Wear light, neutral clothes if out on a safari. While it is considered one of the safest countries in Africa, the UK Government has issued warnings about travelling to Botswana but more in relation to petty crimes. Attacks on tourists are rare. In its statement, the government said “Theft from parked cars does occur and thieves target cars waiting at traffic lights to smash and grab handbags, phones or laptops. Keep valuables out of sight and in a safe place. If you are attacked, don’t resist. Use a hotel safe, where practical. Keep copies of important documents, including passports, in a separate place.”

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NAMIBIA

Namibia is just next to Botswana and has also been said to be safe, particularly for solo travellers, because of how well it is governed. In Namibia you will find the Etosha National Park, the greatest wildlife sanctuary in the country for the experience of a lifetime, and it is malaria free. While Namibia isn’t particularly dangerous, it always pays to be vigilant. The most common act of theft seems to be pickpocketing, so try avoid walking anywhere at night if you’re alone, just as you would anywhere else. The government’s statement said “Attacks can take place even in busy city centre locations in broad daylight… Don’t hail taxis from the street, particularly in Windhoek, as these have been involved in thefts from foreign tourists. Ask your hotel, guest house or tour operator to recommend a reputable taxi company.” The main city which is a target of attacks is its capital city, Windhoek.

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MOROCCO

Morocco is located in Northern Africa, and borders the Atlantic Ocean in the west, the Mediterranean Sea in the north, Algeria in the east and in the south the Western Sahara. It’s unlikely that you’ll come across any physical risk or violence in Morocco compared to other countries, and it’s often you’ll come across solo travellers here. Inhabitants say it is a safe destination to enjoy and experience a different culture as it is welcoming of tourists. As with anywhere, you have to be respectful of clothing limitations however. In tourist resorts, you can dress as you would anywhere else on holiday but women should not go topless on the beach. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable but ensure they are not too tight or revealing. If you are in places such Moroccan homes, small villages or public events, you must show respect and keep most parts of your body covered.

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TANZANIA

Tanzania is home to popular coastal resorts and many other tourist attractions, which is why a lot of British nationals visit Tanzania every year, around 75,000 to give you a figure. Most visits are trouble-free, so Tanzania is generally one of the safest countries in Africa. Despite this, violent and armed crime is increasing. The British High Commission receives regular reports of British nationals who are the victims of mugging and bag snatching, which has particularly raised concern over passing cars and motorbikes being involved. Armed robbery and burglary have also increased throughout the country. The government has advised “Walk as far away from the road as possible and avoid walking and cycling at night. If you need to walk alongside the road, walk towards the traffic.”

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ZAMBIA

Victoria Falls is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, so naturally it has to be one of your top sights to see in this country. It has been described by CNN as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. In Zambia, if you’re travelling in major cities or the major game parks, it is generally safe during daylight hours which is when you would see the Falls. The British Government has suggested “Serious crimes can and do occur, like armed robberies, home invasions and sexual assault… Don’t change large sums of money in busy public areas. Thieves have followed people after they have withdrawn money from banks and later robbed them at gunpoint. Security risks increase after dark, especially in tourist areas and city centres. “

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SOUTH AFRICA

We wanted to include Cape Town in this set of countries despite it being a city in South Africa, mainly because it is one of the most popular destinations in Africa for students and young people to visit. The British Government stated that South Africa itself has a very high level of crime, including rape and murder, but the risk of violent crime to visitors travelling to the main tourist destinations is generally low, which is why destinations such as Cape Town are so popular. They’re generally safer and have amazing sights to see and things to do. On its website, the government says “The South African authorities give high priority to protecting tourists and tourism police are deployed in several large towns.”

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Check out the Telegraph’s mapped guide to where the safest places for Britons are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Post Author: Olivia

I'm from Yorkshire in England so you can imagine I love drinking well-brewed tea. Lots of tea. I also love to travel and have adventures, while taking photos to capture the moment.

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