Countries in Africa and where it is Safe to Travel

camelsCountries in Africa is rich in culture, heritage sites, nature destinations and tourist spots, but due to the spill over of the Arab spring in 2011, civil unrest, actions by extremist groups, and outbreak of contagious diseases, majority of the African countries are not tourist friendly. However, even if there are only a few notable countries you can safely visit, they are rich in history, culture and tourist attractions like the Pyramids in Egypt and African safari in South Africa. Here is the list African countries (in alphabetical order) with their current situation or note worthy news as of today (November 10, 2015).

  • Algeria – Relatively safe to move around Algiers and the other main cities, but avoid unfamiliar areas and borders of its neighboring countries, especially after dark.
  • Angola – Relatively safe but always exercise caution when traveling alone or at night.
  • Benin – Travel only when necessary and with caution. Armed conflict due to extremists.
  • Botswana – #1 safest in Africa and #32 in the world.
  • Burkina – Travel only when necessary and with caution. Unannounced demonstrations, protests and strikes.
  • Burundi – Travel only when necessary and with caution.
  • Cameroon – Travel only when necessary and with caution.  Armed conflict due to extremists.
  • Cape Verde – Relatively safe, however, there is an Ebola outbreak in neighboring countries and may spread into Cape Verde.
  • Central African Republic – Civil war since 2012. Elections are in place on December 2015.
  • Chad – Travel only when necessary and with caution. Armed conflict due to extremists.
  • Comoros – Relatively safe for land tours. Piracy is rampant in the country, marine vessels and cruise ships are mainly targets.
  • Congo – Travel only when necessary and with caution. Civil unrest.
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of – Country in conflict since 2010. Government and rebels each have supporters from neighboring countries.
  • Djibouti – Travel only when necessary and with caution.
  • pyramids and sphinx

    Despite recent news, there is still a lot of reasons to visit Egypt. It is relatively safe and every month there are groups traveling to see the holyland: Egypt, Israel & Jordan

    Egypt – Relatively safe, especially if joining a land tour or a holyland tour. Recent incident involving a plane flying from Sharm El Shiekh (a resort city famous with Europeans and Russians) to Russia. No incidents traveling through borders with Israel.

  • Equatorial Guinea – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Eritrea – Relatively safe in the capital city. Exercise sensible precautions when traveling outside the capital, especially on the borders to its neighboring country.
  • Ethiopia – Relatively safe in the capital city. Exercise sensible precautions when traveling outside the capital, especially on the borders to its neighboring country.
  • Gabon – Travel only when necessary and with caution. Unannounced demonstrations, protests and strikes.
  • Gambia – Travel only when necessary and with caution.
  • Ghana – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Guinea – Travel only when necessary and with caution. Ebola outbreak and violent demonstrations.
  • Guinea-Bissau – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Ivory Coast – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Kenya – Travel only when necessary and with caution.
  • Lesotho – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Liberia – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions. World Health Organization has declared the end of the Ebola outbreak last May 2015.
  • Libya – Very dangerous to travel.  Imminent threats from violent extremists present.
  • Madagascar – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Malawi – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Mali – Very dangerous to travel.  Imminent threats from violent extremists present.
  • Mauritania – Very dangerous to travel.  Imminent threats from violent extremists present.
  • Mauritius – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Morocco – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions. Best if traveling in an organized tour like our Morocco tour.
  • Mozambique – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Namibia – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Niger – Very dangerous to travel.  Imminent threats from violent extremists present.
  • Nigeria – Dangerous to travel.  Imminent threats from violent extremists and kidnapping are present.
  • Rwanda – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Sao Tome and Principe – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Senegal – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Seychelles – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Sierra Leone – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions. Recently declared (November 2015) Ebola free.
  • Somalia – Civil war since 1991, with some parts of the country recently flooded because of heavy rains.
  • South Africa – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions. Best if joining an organized tour like our South Africa tour.
  • South Sudan – Civil war since December 2013
  • Sudan – Conflict with government and opposition groups since June 2011.
  • Swaziland – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Tanzania – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions.
  • Togo – Travel only when necessary and with caution. recent events include protests and riots.
  • Tunisia – Dangerous to travel.  Imminent threats from violent extremists and violent threats to foreigners.
  • Uganda – Relatively safe but always exercise sensible precautions. There is a general threat from extremists.  Pope Francis will visit Uganda on November 27 – 29, 2015, expect low availability of accommodations.
  • Zambia – Second safest in Africa and 48th in the world. Notable for the famous Victoria Falls, bordering Zimbabwe.
  • Zimbabwe – Safe for travel.

 

Check other countries for travel safety by continent:


Countries in Asia and where it is Safe to Travel

Countries in Europe and where it is Safe to Travel (coming soon)

Countries in North America and where it is Safe to Travel (coming soon)

Countries in Oceania and where it is Safe to Travel (coming soon)

Countries in South America and where it is Safe to Travel (coming soon)



Reference:
http://www.worldatlas.com/nations.htm
http://www.theweek.co.uk/64495/the-10-safest-countries-in-the-world-and-the-10-most-dangerous
http://www.internationalwomenstravelcenter.com/content/2015-list-safest-countries-world-women-travelers
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kazakhstan
http://www.visionofhumanity.org

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