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Top 10 safest African countries to visit in 2022

Africa is the second-largest continent and second most populous on earth.

Africa spans over 30.2 million square kilometres and has a population of about 1.276 billion people. Africa is comprised of 54 countries.

According to the united nations, some African countries are much safer to visit than others. Here are the top 10 safest countries in Africa in 2022.

10 Liberia 

Liberia tops the list of the 10 safest countries in Africa.

Liberia’s rank on the Global Peace Index is 59, just one below Senegal and one above France. The Liberian police are known for being corrupt while at nowhere near the level they used to be.

A tourist visa is required for those visiting Liberia and as well as a yellow fever vaccine. 

9. Senegal 

Senegal is the ninth safest country in Africa at position 58 on the global peace index.

Senegal is just one position below Vietnam and is safer than France and Greece.

Senegal has relatively low levels of crime and disease and a population is known for being a generous host to its tourists. Senegal has a level one travel advisory.

8 Madagascar

Madagascar is tied with South Korea on the GPI at position 55 and is the 8th safest country in Africa.

Although the overall crime rate in Madagascar is lower than most other African countries, it has seen a recent increase particularly with muggings and robberies since the fallout of the political tumour has led to higher rates of unemployment.

Madagascar’s travel advisory is at level two however it is still safer than other popular tourist destinations such as Vietnam, France and Greece.

7 Tanzania

Tanzania is Africa’s 7th safest country. Tanzania is ranked 54 on the global peace index. Tanzania’s most popular attraction is the Serengeti plains offering tourists the ultimate safari experience.

Tanzania has a level 2 travel advisory.

It is recommended to avoid isolated areas, especially at night and to take taxes that are empty of other passengers and from established taxi companies.

6. Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a coastal nation in East Africa.

The country has a GPI ranking of 52, a ranking that fell 18 positions from 2018 to 2019. While Sierra Leone is still generally safe to travel to, us department of state has issued an advisory to exercise increased caution.

Violent crime such as assault and armed robbery is common in Sierra Leone and local police lack the training and capacity to effectively respond to violent crime incidents.

5. Zambia 

Zambia’s GPI ranking is 48.

Zambia is Africa’s fifth safest country. Safety is not a concern among travellers who typically fly into wilderness areas.

Cities are where most people experience higher levels of theft. The political situation is relatively stable in Zambia as well Zambia has a level 1 travel advisory from us department of state.

4. Ghana

Ghana is the fourth safest country in Africa and sits at position 44 on the global peace index. Although Ghana is still considered safe, it is falling in rankings on the GPI moving down five positions between 2018 and 2019. Ghana is considered to be safer than Argentina, the UK, South Korea, France, Greece and other popular travel destinations.

Ghana has a level 1 travel advisory and is generally safe to travel according to us department of state.

3. Malawi

Malawi is the third safest African country and has a GPI ranking of 40. This puts Malawi just one position below Italy.

Crime in Malawi is generally low. It is advised to avoid demonstrations and large crowds specifically in the Mulan hey district.

Malawi's rank on the global peace index makes it safer than other population travel destinations such as the UK, Vietnam, Greece and France.

2. Botswana

Botswana is the second safest country in Africa ranked at position 30 on the GPI.

Botswana is a popular tourist destination with attractions such as Chalbi national park, game reserves and the Tsodilo world heritage site.

Botswana has a level one travel advisory from our department of state.

1. Mauritius

As the safest country in Africa, Mauritius has a global peace index ranking of 24. Mauritius is a multicultural island nation that is family-friendly and secure.

Mauritius has a very low crime rate overall and what little crime of course tends to be petty theft and non-violent.

Mauritius has a level one travel advisory issued by us department of state to exercise normal precautions. 

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