Which Are the Safest Countries in Africa?

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Should I even go on a safari to Africa? Is it safe?

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For most folks, Africa is a long trip away, on a continent that can seem quite unfamiliar. It’s not surprising that one would have questions concerning safety and security.

But rest assured, if you’re thinking about going on an African safari, the countries of East Africa present opportunities for a fun, exciting, and safe experience – for East Africa offers the very safest countries in Africa.

All travel carries some small amount of risk, even in one’s native country. Common sense precautions should always be followed when traveling to unfamiliar areas. But Africa and especially East Africa are much safer than what the media would have you believe.

And of the safari nations of East Africa, probably Kenya and Tanzania are the safest, with their developed infrastructure, anti-poaching initiatives, and long history of hospitality and safari adventures.

East Africa’s Safest Safari Destinations

Kenya – long considered the home of the safari adventure, Kenya is one of the safest countries on the continent. Although it is not without some political conflict, they are isolated events. Every year Kenya hosts over a million visitors to its wildlife parks and reserves, using its excellent roads and rail service.

The capital of Nairobi is considered quite safe for a world-class city. And at the parks, you only have to follow your guide to stay safe from the wildlife and the elements. As an added measure of security, English is spoken everywhere, making communication quite easy.

Two Giraffe's standing together in lush greenland at Samburu National Park in Kenya

Tanzania –  Out in its vibrant series of wildlife parks, Tanzania is considered a safe haven for safaris. Don’t miss the great Serengeti, with its millions of wildebeests and dense concentration of lions. Tanzania is the home of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, an animal kingdom unto itself.

As with large cities the world over, one should take commonsense precautions visiting Tanzania’s Arusha Town or Dar es Salaam. There are safe and unsafe areas in any city. Your tour operator can be your guide through the cities as well as the parks.

Rwanda – Don’t be misled by conflicts from 25 – 30 years ago, Rwanda is one of the safest countries in Africa. Its past troubles have led its people to re-make their society more unified and peaceful.

The Rwandan people are proud of these transformative changes and you’ll see this pride in the delight they take in showing off their country. The capital of Kigali is modern and safe, and the countryside is a deep green carpet of lush mountainous landscapes.

Tourists take a selfie in front of their jeep while on safari with Africa Kenya Safaris

Tips for Exploring the Safest Countries in Africa

Probably the best advice concerning safety is to choose a reputable tour operator. Check around and pick a safari company that has a good reputation. Visit sites such as Trip Advisor to see what previous safari-goers have said about their tours.

At Africa Kenya Safaris, we put your safety and security first, above all else.

Kenya and Tanzania offer a thrilling world of wildlife adventure, spectacular landscapes, and many opportunities for cultural contact with a wonderful variety of people.

Take advantage of all East Africa has to offer and we’ll make sure you have a magnificent and safe adventure!

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