What is the safest country in Africa?

I would probably vote Uganda as the safest African nation.

It's run by a benevolent dictator who has invested heavily in the security forces.

Uganda also has a great network of private hospitals to deal with tropical disease if this were the type safety you're referring to.

Kampala is a vibrant city with a crazy nightlife. You can literally stagger up the street piss drunk at 4am and nobody will bother you, rob you, or even take notice of you.

Highway busses are restricted to 80kmh which is strictly enforced to limit road carnage as seen in so many other African nations.

Private security, which are seen lazing around shop fronts and manning gates, are all armed. A whistle blow from any guard will bring 20 armed men running within seconds.

Uganda is incredibly safe. Violent crime is practically nonexistent unless it involves parties known to one another and is a vendetta crime.

Comparing this to kenya, where I now live, is like comparing apples to oranges. Nairobi is known to the locals as "Nairobbery"!

Mauritius is the safest country in Africa

I created a score that combines data from several internationally renowned indices for safety factors. The most important factor for safety is the crime level of a country. But in addition to that, political stability, level of corruption, the health system of a nation and the probability of natural disasters are other important factors that influence the overall safety of a nation.

Overall, the African island nations rank higher in terms of safety. These nations are generally smaller compared to the larger countries on the mainland and are therefore easier to govern. The number of tourists in the island nations is also larger which brings in foreign exchange that helps stabilize a country.

The top 10 safest countries in Africa are:

  1. Mauritius
  2. Botswana
  3. Seychelles
  4. Sao Tomé and Principe
  5. Namibia
  6. Rwanda
  7. Morocco
  8. Lesotho
  9. Tanzania
  10. Cape Verde

According to the ranking, Somalia, South Sudan and the Central African Republic are the three most dangerous countries in Africa.

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The answer will vary depending on if you are a resident or tourist male or female.

As a rule of thumb, Southern Africa outside of The Republic of South Africa and Harare the Capital of Zimbabwe is much safer than the rest of Africa for female travellers and residents.

Botswana and Malawi would be the standouts but even their townships are challenging places especially for women and people who didn't grow up in Africa.

You will be fine in Zimbabwe outside the big cities and the tourist trap at Vic Falls, Zambia you will be fine, but, big city common sense applies in Lusaka and the tourist honey traps of the boarder, Namibia, Swaziland & Lesotho you will be fine as long as you stick to the road well travelled.

Don't flash your valuables, dress a little conservatively, mind your manners, smile and make eye contact and life in Africa is good, you would do much better to worry about, dogs, diaorrea, malaria, HepA and Dengue. The golden rule is if you wouldnt do it on a visit to the Bronx, The East End of London, South Central LA, Marseilles or Napoli on a Friday night, then dont do it in Africa.

I am currently planning a trip to the great african continent.

After gathering a lot of information, I concluded that the safest countries (on statistics) are in the south-east.

From South to North, we have:

  • South Africa
  • Lesotho
  • Swaziland
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Mozambique
  • Tanzania
  • Malawi*
  • Kenya

A special shoutout to Malawi, a small landblocked country between Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. I've heard only great things about the country and the people.

Naturally, every country and/or city has areas that should be avoided. The only way to find that out is getting information with locals or researching before going.

While in those countries, however, I believe safety is not the main item to worry about.

Nevertheless, I'll finish with something a great friend told me:

In Africa, you travel during the day

Let's keep the odds always in our favor, right?

Safety is a relative term, so it is difficult to rank countries on safety unless they are at war in which case they are just unsafe. Even within a given country - say, the United States, which is seen as generally safe - there will be pockets that are very unsafe to visit.

That aside, the coherence of governance in an African country should generally give you an idea of the safety: in fact, safety and corruption appear to have an inverse correlation. Thus, the least corrupt countries are also the safest, and vice versa.

Rwanda is very safe all around the country, while next-door Burundi and Kenya are not. If I had to give a list...

Rwanda, Namibia, Botswana, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Morocco, Tanzania, Mauritius. Roughly in that order.

Tanzania is certainly the safest not just in Africa, but has to be among the safest in the world !

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