12 Safest Countries in AFRICA to Visit in 2022 – [According GPI Rank]. Africa is a land of curiosity and adventure. There are so many opportunities to discover and immerse yourself in the culture that is uniquely Africa. However, the thought of visiting it can be daunting when you consider all the countless unknowns you will face while abroad.
These unknowns range from issues of crime, to getting eaten by a lion. That is not to say because all of Africa has unsafe environments that it’s not safe for visitors. In fact, most of it isn’t, and here we’ll have you know where you can go on safari without risking your life.
Safest Countries in Africa to Visit in 2022
1. Mauritius (1.570) – Safest Country in Africa
Global peace index ranks each country based on their safety levels. With that information, it turned out that Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Senegal are safer than South Korea. Here are the countries with the lowest GPI scores: Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Senegal.
2. Ghana (1.759)
Mauritius is the safest African country, according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI). It is a cosmopolitan tourist paradise with beaches and lagoons, coral diving, water activities, the “Seven Colored Earth” of Chamarel and beautiful forests full of wildlife. The overall crime rate in Mauritius is quite low and the crimes that do occur are mostly non-violent.
3. The Gambia (1.792)
Every now and then, I make it a point to visit a new country. So I’ve recently been traveling to Ghana for some much-needed vacation time. It’s a great visit – especially if you enjoy experiencing something new. You can find many activities in Ghana that are different from what you may be used to seeing in lesser – regarded African countries like Uganda or Kenya. In fact, if you’re looking for some adventure, there are plenty of lakes and rivers that welcome even the most well-versed snorkeler of the sea!
4. Botswana (1.80)
Tourism in The Republic of The Gambia is booming, and it’s easy to understand why. The Gambia is known for its hospitality, sunny beaches, and diverse wildlife. Inexpensive safari tours give travelers a unique opportunity to observe leopards, monkeys, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, and rare birds in their natural habitats, and world-renowned Kotu Beach is the perfect place to unwind after a long day spent exploring Banjul, the Gambian capital city.The Gambia is one of the safest travel destinations in West Africa.
Violent crimes in The Gambia are rare. The biggest threats are pickpockets and Bumsters. Bumsters approach tourists and offer to be their guide or promise to introduce them to The Gambia social scene. Some Bumsters target older women, offering romance in exchange for a new life in America or Europe. These men are con-artists, and they should not be trusted.
5. Sierra Leone (1.803)
Botswana is the safest country in Africa and the 30th safest in the world. A 1.676 Global Peace Index score makes it safer than the United Kingdom or Spain. The land of the Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert & the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana is one of the hidden jewels waiting to be discovered in Africa, with its flourishing wildlife and spectacular views. In its long history of peace and safety, crime rates are at an all-time low.
6. Zambia (1.841)
Sierra Leone is a coastal country of 71,740 square kilometers, and is another tourist favorite. Despite its beauty, Sierra Leone has a tough crime problem. The poverty rate in Sierra Leone is over 60% and as the saying goes “Poverty breeds crime”. Sierra Leone is known for its nightlife and parties, especially during occasions like Christmas and Easter. Most of the crime occurs in the urban areas of the country but trust us when we say most of the rest of the country is relatively crime-free.
7. Equatorial Guinea (1.8638)
With the US Department of State issuing its annual Travel Advisory, Zambia has been classified at Level 1 in terms of traveler safety. This means that travelers can expect a high level of crime, particularly in East and Lusaka. However, these areas do not have an “unsafe” rating as defined by international standards.
8. Malawi (1.895)
Based on 2019 data, Equatorial Guinea is the ninth safest country and 62nd best in Africa. U.S. State Department issued a Level 1 warning in April 2022 and they’re accessible by ferries departing from the capital Conakry. The Monte Alen National Park, featuring lush rainforest vegetation, lakes, and waterfalls, and animal species ranging from gorillas to elephants, is one of their most popular destinations
9. Namibia (1.908)
Africa’s destination for amazing scenery, wildlife, and culture is Malawi. The country has a GPI rank of 59, and was included in Lonely Planet’s list of top ten countries for 2022 because it offered friendly, smiling inhabitants who enjoy spending their time at the lake in tranquil surroundings.
10. Senegal (1.916)
Namibia is a country with an abundance of natural beauty. It is home to some of Africa’s most amazing sites, including the world’s highest dunes and stunning Fish River Canyon. Namibia offers space, tranquility and the opportunity to get away from it all. It is the second least densely populated country in the world, with only two people per square kilometer. It’s possible to drive for hours under bright blue skies without seeing another vehicle while surrounded by vast vistas that make you feel like you are on the edge of earth. There are not many places left in an overpopulated world where you can immerse yourself as deeply as you can in Namibia.
11. Rwanda (1.94)
Senegal is not the best place when it comes to safety. Most crimes, like theft and mugging, happen at gunpoint. But these are infrequent occurrences and in 1.883, Senegal performs better than France. As for France – no where near as many tourists are experiencing problems with security issues because most of these countries transactions with each other in French. Senegal also has a lot of tourist attractions that generally have very few crime problems. The pink lake in Senegal is a popular destination that travelers can enjoy without fear of being robbed or caught up in any trouble.
12. Morocco (1.96)
Rwanda offers a unique array or adventures to its travelers, who can experience this country’s stunning scenery and warm hospitality. A visit to Rwanda promises unforgettable moments for all the senses thanks to a vast biodiversity of animals that call this place home. Working hard together to save the environment from pollution, the people have banned plastic bags while financially supporting local communities. Eight out of ten of the revenue from gorilla, safari, and other permits goes back into improving lives in Rwanda.
Morocco is a beautiful country rich with great life experiences to offer. Some main highlights include vibrant marketplaces, desert excursions, waterfalls hikes and even beaches! With such diverse landscape options, there’s no bad time of year to visit this diverse country.
You’ll also enjoy the climate changing depending on your destination – spring and fall typically attract the most visitors, with temps ranging from 18 to 23°C all around. In summer months from June through August, temperatures in the Sahara range from 45°C to 45°C. However, the cities in Morocco remain active during all seasons at a cool 32°C. The winter months from November through February bring temperatures that range between cold and chilly rain showers, but feel more like 45 degrees Celsius–the perfect temperature for spending time at your raid’s pool.